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okieav8rAdministrator
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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: frebie]
      #4815461 - 09/18/11 11:38 PM

Do you have an approximate timetable as to when the new facility should be open? I'm looking forward to seeing it and the preserved signs. Will there be a grand opening?

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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: frebie]
      #4815520 - 09/19/11 12:21 AM

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They’ve put in the temporary covered walkway out front so they can knock out the cinder blocks that are currently filling up the second floor office windows. Then they will install windows up there to bring light into the offices and showroom.




Bet that will make a clatter if any fall on the covered walkway!

Beautiful building! Glad you are giving it new life!


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frebieAdministrator
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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: csa/montana]
      #4816061 - 09/19/11 11:24 AM Attachment (48 downloads)

The finished pit for the elevator. CMU (cement block) walls for the elevator shaft start going up this week. Elevator gets installed a few weeks after.

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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: frebie]
      #4816063 - 09/19/11 11:25 AM Attachment (46 downloads)

Looking up where the elevator shaft will be. One of the skylight openings on the right (temporarily covered to keep out the rain). This is centered over one of the landings for the staircase. The raised area at the left (partially cover by the framing) is where the top of the eight person capacity elevator will fit.

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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: frebie]
      #4816346 - 09/19/11 02:14 PM

Neat!

I guess the original conveyor belt has been eliminated with the installation of an elevator.


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frebieAdministrator
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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: Jim7728]
      #4816444 - 09/19/11 03:11 PM

The elevator is primarily a people mover up to the showroom, although it will occasionally be used to get new scopes upstairs to put on display in the showroom. Since the warehouse is on the first floor, and we will load new scopes for people through the front door or through one of the two loading bays in the back, the conveyor belt became redundant. For structural reasons, it would be more expemsive to keep it than to eliminate it, so it reluctantly has to go. (I kind of like it, but Michael told me I couldn't ride it up and down for grins when I needed a break from work.) Know anybody who wants to buy a conveyor belt in good working order?

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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: frebie]
      #4817340 - 09/20/11 12:27 AM

Appliance store I worked at had one of those conveyers. Used it to move appliance in and out of the basement warehouse.

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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: frebie]
      #4817640 - 09/20/11 08:38 AM

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(I kind of like it, but Michael told me I couldn't ride it up and down for grins when I needed a break from work.)






Any plans for a roof top observatory?

Hmmm...conveyor belt ride to the roof?


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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: Mary B]
      #4817959 - 09/20/11 11:38 AM

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Appliance store I worked at had one of those conveyers. Used it to move appliance in and out of the basement warehouse.




The new building used to be an appliance store, as well. Before that, an OTASCO (Oklahoma Tire and Supply Company). Both of them kept inventory on the second floor and used the conveyor belt to get washers, dryers, TVs, tires, batteries, etc. down to the first floor showrooms. That's also why there is a two-entrance garage in the back with a hydraulic car lift still in the floor from when they put new tires on cars at OTASCO. Unfortunately, the car lift is non-functioning or I could have ridden that up and down for grins during my breaks in addition to riding the converyor belt.


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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: Jim7728]
      #4817975 - 09/20/11 11:48 AM

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Any plans for a roof top observatory?




We gave some thought to putting one at the very front of the building so you could see it from the street, but it's not in the cards right now. In any case, it would need one heck of a pier from the roof down to bedrock just to support my Astroscan.


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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: frebie]
      #4817993 - 09/20/11 12:05 PM

Very nice indeed. Does restoring the old wall signage qualify for a historic preservation grant?

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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: okieav8r]
      #4818063 - 09/20/11 12:35 PM

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Do you have an approximate timetable as to when the new facility should be open? I'm looking forward to seeing it and the preserved signs. Will there be a grand opening?




We're hoping for construction completion in late November (delayed from the originally-scheduled August date the architect gave us, dagnabbit). We probably won't want to do a full move in during the Christmas season, so it will be after the first of the year that the move is complete. That means we'd probably have a grand opening, combined with a manufacturers day or days, after the new product introductions at CES in January. The timetable is very iffy at this time, so don't make plans. We'll let people know a long way ahead of time when things are finalized. Thanks for your interest. We're doing our best to make the new location a place worth visiting.


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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: frebie]
      #4818190 - 09/20/11 01:29 PM

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We're doing our best to make the new location a place worth visiting.




Any excuse I can make to go back home to Oklahoma will be fine.

Cheers,

Ron


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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: star drop]
      #4818218 - 09/20/11 01:39 PM

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Very nice indeed. Does restoring the old wall signage qualify for a historic preservation grant?




Don't think restoring the sign alone qualifies, but we are looking into the grant issue because we are restoring a building in the Norman Downtown Historical District close to its original exterior form.


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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: frebie]
      #4818307 - 09/20/11 02:22 PM

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Quote:

Very nice indeed. Does restoring the old wall signage qualify for a historic preservation grant?




Don't think restoring the sign alone qualifies, but we are looking into the grant issue because we are restoring a building in the Norman Downtown Historical District close to its original exterior form.



I am glad that you have looked into the possibility of obtaining a grant. Our town has a similar historical restoration grant program.


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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: star drop]
      #4819640 - 09/21/11 08:24 AM

That's going to be a heck of a store when you guys are done. When Mike did his original video walk through. I had no idea you were going to the extent you are. Very nice!

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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: Scott Horstman]
      #4819880 - 09/21/11 11:17 AM Attachment (45 downloads)

Starting the framing of the first floor offices. The far left area will be one of the street level display windows. The two nearest ladders are standing in what will be part of the lobby. The orange ladders at the right are where the stairs will start. The elevator pit is far right.

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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos new [Re: frebie]
      #4819882 - 09/21/11 11:19 AM Attachment (39 downloads)

Another shot of the lobby area, taken from what will be the street level display window to the left of the entryway. The second display window will be in the area at the far right. Recessed entry way will be where the power cord snakes across the floor at the right. Double door entry will be about where the loop in the cord is located.

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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos [Re: frebie]
      #4820515 - 09/21/11 05:34 PM Attachment (42 downloads)

Starting to decinderblock the sealed-up windows to shed a little light on the subject.

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Re: New Astronomics building progress photos [Re: frebie]
      #4820518 - 09/21/11 05:35 PM Attachment (44 downloads)

What the view of the outside world looks like as seen the newly opened window shown above. This will be the view from the conference area in Michael’s office.

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