29-Dec-2000 (Fri)

It's really starting to look like a club now...

The front face of the railing has been installed, so the railing is pretty much finished now, except for the drink shelf. There are really two railings: there are upright posts supporting the angled piece of tube steel that you lean against; and in front of that is an angled railing filled with a 4" steel mesh. A low shelf for drinks sits in the V between these two railings. The dj platform is also finished: it has a similar railing on the front, and floor made of tightly spaced steel bands. We're probably going to put down solid rubber mats on top of that, to avoid leaks if a dj spills a drink, and to make it easier to walk on in heels.

The ``stabilizing fins'' on the front of the railing are also in place, as are steel tubes wrapping the wooden columns that hold up the balcony. Now it looks like the balcony is supported by rusty tube steel instead of wood, a drastic improvement. This place no longer looks the slightest bit like a barn.

Our amps and speakers have arrived, and are about halfway hooked up.

Most of the downstairs lights have been installed, and the lighting console has been hooked up, though it hasn't been programmed yet. ``Most of them'' includes six Technobeams (giant rotating-mirror lights), two StudioSpots (the whole light rotates in almost any direction, it's like some kind of crazy light-droid), six strobes, about 40 parcans, and a bunch of smaller par-like lights under the balcony for architectural lighting. What it doesn't include is six more trackspots that will be mounted on the underside of the balcony! And the lighting console runs all of these...

The duct work is complete, except for the roof fans. They were supposed to be installed today, but through some typical miscommunication, someone thought they weren't going to be arriving on time and cancelled the crane. So it looks like they're going in early next week.

The maze of duct work in the upstairs back room is pretty incredible; I told them to keep the ceiling above the upstairs dance floor free of ductwork, because I like that it has a really high ceiling there, and by pushing it off to the side rooms, it got rather... tangled. Everyone who has come in here and looked at it has said, ``that isn't actually hooked up to anything, is it? You just did that to make it look like Brazil.'' But no, that's just how it came out...