What a Difference31 Mar 2014, by Brad Collins.
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Our new building is no longer the ghost (but not rat or coackroach) infested, decrepit shell that it was when we signed the lease. We've made an enormous amount of progress in the last six weeks as these photos will attest.
We have installed awnings on the side of the building as well as a fixed metal awning on the first floor and a rollout vinyl awning on the ground floor.
The first floor (American 2nd floor) is all but finished with the walls and ceiling patched up, cleaned and painted, and the floors sanded, the screws resunk, and stained and shellacked. We have also completely replaced the chaos of electricical wiring and the fuse box. We can now handle the load from all of the computers that we will be adding and nothing will short out.
We have also changed our original idea, and have swapped the office and conference/podcasting studio. Below is what will be the studio side.
And the side with the windows will become the office side. We can comfortably fit up to 12 desks into this space.
Heading downstairs, we have cut a new door that connects the downstairs to the staircase leading upstairs. Before, if you wanted to go upstairs you had to go out the front and down and alley to get to the entrance.
The toilet still needs some work, but looks much better already. The tile floor was replaced, the plumbing fixed and a new sink installed.
Behind the toilet is the server room. There isn't much to see, it's just a plain white room with a tile floor. We can fit up to four full height racks in here.
The awful cabinates and several walls were knocked out for the tutorial center, which will have enough round for five or six workstations which can comfortably seat both a tutor and a student together.
The last of the demolition was done here in the Naga Shop less than four days ago.
There was a large window between the Naga Shop and the Cafe dining area. This has been removed and replaced with a wooden counter. This is Ruben working on the wood for the counter.
The door has been removed going into the kitchen, the squat toilet turned into a pantry and a large window and pickup counter has replaced a lot of the wall. This is very much still a work in progress.
There is still a lot of work left to be done, but we've come a long long ways in the last six weeks.