Over the last few months there has been an amazing transformation in our gallery space and the Tinkering Studio at Pier 15. We have been working hard to set everything up for the grand opening on April 17th. Now that we are getting close to the opening day, we can start to share some of the behind-the-scenes glimpses of the gallery, tinkering studio, cabinet of curiosity and artist's pieces that will be populating our environment. I thought a good way to start looking at our progress so far would be to share some photos of the gallery under construction.
When we arrived two months later, at the end of January, the contractors organized by CB2 Builders were starting to put up the steel frame for the closed in environments like the tinkering studio workshop space.
A few days later, the shape of the enclosed spaces started to become better defined. From the catwalk above the shop we had a good view of the quickly developing steel skeleton of our space including the diagonal beams that held up the frame.
Their next step was creating a solid structure for the roof over our dedicated workshop space which will help us control the light and sound levels during our workshops. Once again they put up extra metal supports to brace the pieces before a large I-beam was installed.
Pier 15 is full of radiant heating in the floor and the walls, so one interesting thing that we noticed was the way that the contractors mapped out the pipes with masking tape so they knew where they could secure to the floor with out damaging the system.
By the end of February, the framing work was just about finished and they could start moving on to covering the walls with plywood and masonite. It's amazing the progress that the group from CB2 made in the first couple of months and it didn't take that much longer for the space to be ready for us to start moving in exhibits, art pieces and tinkering activities - but that's a story for part two!