Expansion

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From the Expansion Cabal (aka Mike and user:abzman), a rough roadmap/task list for the expansion. No dates now, but eventually. Phases 1 & 2 are the suggested order to move and add zones, based on which zones need to move out of the way of other zones. Near-term items are more fleshed out, and as time progresses later-term items should become more detailed.

High Level Plan

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NgPLNPXrrrTNVLKOPYw40pv9pvUaseK7/edit

CoO Quest

The Story So Far

  • We got B side.
  • B side *maybe* has/had the B Nektar CoO, which doesn't let us do much.
  • We make a plan, talk to the fire marshal, and come out of it thinking that putting up a 4 hour firewall solves our problems (as suggested by a previous fire marshal)
  • We get inspected, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing sign off, fire marshal sends us a formal request for some kind of plan from an architect.
  • We agree to Stucky Vitale Architects phase 1 code study for 17.5kUSD.
  • They know we have 100kUSD absolute max, that is all the money we have.
  • This should get the city the plan the fire marshal wants, and give us a list of code we need to meet.
  • SVA makes a proposed scope of work that says "this plan should put this building up to code"
  • Scott at the city collects responses from inspectors in response to proposed scope of work, they all want
    • ventilation and plumbing plans
    • a water fountain
    • some probably small stuff


  • We talk with SVA 2020-08-24 about what is currently happening, they suggest
    • Get basic CoO from the city to do nothing in the space, should be easy
      • It's not easy but it should happen after another fire marshal inspection as of 2020-09-03
      • Apparently CoOs normally expire with tenants, so B Nektar's doesn't count for us.
    • SVA will talk to the city about staging the requirements into short term and long term plans so we can actually afford to do this by spreading it out over several years.
  • 2020-10-27: The city suggested we will get the first pass CoO "soon".
  • 2020-12-08: We get a C of O from the city! It only took a month of repeatedly poking them after they said everything was good and we would get it!
    • Actual language: "Limited to the following use and storage: classroom setup, computer station, storage of member project and supplies, art studio, sewing and crafts, vinyl cutting, electronic assembly, and leather working."
    • Occupancy: 35 (actually a little higher than expected).
    • See CoO for actual Certificate
  • 2020-12-18: Meet with SVA about interpreting CoO and next steps
    • "Art studio" can encompass a lot of different activities/equipment including wood and metal working at low volume. In SVA's experience, similar spaces to ours in other cities have CoOs for art studio use.
    • Based on low volume usage, direct manual ventilation of equipment is probably sufficient in lieu of code specs that assume certain rates of air exchange via central HVAC.
    • SVA will talk to city and make sure they're fine with super low volume stuff in art studios such as a tablesaw or welder.
    • City would likely give us some time (30 days?) to correct any miscues on what is/is not allowed.
      • Worst case scenario here would be to find out that we either need to do some upgrades to the building, or if those upgrades aren't feasible for us, we have to move equipment back to A-side, where it's grandfathered in.
    • We currently have no plans to pursue another CoO, because under this interpretation, the one we have will do everything we want. But just to be safe, SVA is going to contact the city on our behalf and make sure we're all on the same page.
  • 2021-01-05: Andy from SVA talks with the city and confirms we're good to do what we wanted all along, because we don't do mass production.

[Andy of SVA] spoke to Scott Worthington with the City of Ferndale Building department today and he verified that you are good to use the Suite B side as an "ART STUDIO", as permitted per CO and as you planned.
The "art studio" needs to be limited production of any type of type of art (wood, metal, etc.). They just don’t want to see a full production industrial operation which would be mass producing any items; wood, metal, welding, etc. This would require a different designation to the building (industrial use).
He also had no issues with you adding ventilation/fans and/or localized dust collection to suite B side to improve the "art studio" building operations. Again, they just don’t want to see a full production industrial operation going on in the building (which you don’t do), and they are good with the use an art studio producing items on a small-scale limited basis as required.

Phase 0

B-Side

All infrastructure tasks have been moved to the Infrastructure_TODO page.

Misc

  • Move and install in deep sink
  • Procure and install normal deep sink on A side
  • peel masking tape off everything
  • clean windows
  • Scrub floors
  • Paint walkways and keepouts
  • scrub overspray off genie
  • scrub overspray off door handles
  • convert new vending machines from tube to LED lighting

Phase 1

Existing zones that move to B-Side

Stage 1.1

These do not depend on anything, but a lot depends on them.

Wood Shop

  • Hang sound control curtains - done
  • Compressed air plumbing/hose reel (run from portable compressor for now)
  • Move machines - done
    • Move storage cabinets,etc. Done
    • Move Measuring tool wall (squares, levels, etc.) - Done
  • Disassemble and get rid of old dust collector - Listed on craigslist and FB Marketplace
  • Move/rebuild sheet goods/long board storage - sheetgoods storage done
  • Build new workbenches per plan 2 or 3 different heights - talk to coordinator
  • Add more 120v ceiling outlets for cord reels - Ask Tim where we need cord reels
  • Move old wood shop cameras to new wood shop - mkfink
  • Update and balance lighting and create separate zone for Woodshop - done

Welding

  • Electrical wiring for new tool placements
    • Busbar
    • Task lights
      • welding table
      • Welding booth
      • Pipe Bender
  • Floor anchors in pallet rack
  • Make more weld curtain frames
  • Lighting
  • Compressed air plumbing

Stage 1.2

Air Compressor

depends on Wood Shop

  • Move air compressor to location on plan
  • Plumb big air line over where the CNC zone will go
  • Tee off that with smaller air lines running west and south
  • Tee off that south-going leg to go toward the auto zone
  • Connect air up in welding and wood shop

Injection Molding

depends on Wood Shop

  • Electrical wiring for new tool placements
  • Move pallet rack
  • Compressed air plumbing/hose reel

Large Project Storage

depends on Wood Shop

  • Move pallet racks

Kitchen

depends on Wood Shop

  • Move vending machines out of the way until Media moves
  • Close up door to office area
  • Install cabinets, couters, sink
  • Install electrical outlets and wiring for appliances
  • Install plumbing for sink/dishwasher
  • Install appliances
  • Dishwasher
  • Range/oven/cooktop
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave

Laser

depends on Wood Shop

  • Build new sheet goods storage
  • Move in smaller laser cutters from Fab Lab

Stage 1.3

Kilns

  • Electrical wiring for new tool placements
  • Lighting
  • Install sink

Jewelry

  • Electrical wiring for new tool placements
  • Lighting
  • Add work table

Tool Crib

  • New plywood tool wall
    • Install plywood wall
    • Paint plywood
    • Install tool holders/hangers
    • Labeling/signage/silhouettes for all tools
    • Transition things that are still on shelves to wall
  • New/consistent sets of some tools
  • Move H-structure down into commons for now
  • Refactor parts storage

Machine Shop

depends on Air line run

  • Electrical wiring for new tool placements
    • bandsaw 10ga
    • cord reel over work tables
    • 240 for surface grinder
    • 240 for belt disc sander
    • 240 for drill press
  • Compressed air plumbing/hose reel
  • Lighting
  • Wall/divider with CNC zone
  • Move all the big tools

Stage 1.4

CNC Zone

depends on Welding, Kiln, Injection molding, Air line

  • Get firm quote on moving Haas--current verbal quote is 3-4 hours @ $300/hour
  • Get Haas moved
  • New electrical for Haas
  • Compressed air plumbing
  • Orange CNC to Wood Shop
  • Electrical and network for computer desk
  • Lighting

Phase 2

Rearranging zones on A-Side

Stage 2.1

Sewing

depends on CNC

  • Design room
  • Wall construction
  • Install ceiling/lighting
  • Install HVAC
  • Install doors
  • Install windows
  • Electrical and network wiring
  • Flooring

E-Lab

depends on Tool Crib

  • Design room
  • Wall construction
  • Install ceiling/lighting
  • Install HVAC
  • Install doors
  • Electrical and network wiring, incl 240v outlet on each wall?
  • Flooring (ESD tile?)
  • Compressed air plumbing

Stage 2.2

Craft

depends on Sewing

  • Build half-walls
  • Install lighting
  • Compressed air?
  • Flooring?
  • Electrical & network wiring

Vinyl

  • Merge into craft

Stage 2.3

Media Lab

Depends on E-Lab

  • New desks/computer benches
  • New floor?
  • Build paper storage for printers

Leather

depends on Vinyl/Craft

  • Move all the stuff

Stage 2.X

These are mainly new zones that depend on other zones to be moved first (but no other zones depend on), and can thus be inserted ito the plan any time after their dependencies.

Automotive

depends on CNC

  • Install lift
  • 120V outlets in loading bay
  • TBA

Paint and Finishing, Chemistry

depends on Machine Shop

  • Move air compressor to other side of wall
  • Move existing paint booth, refit to vent hole in wall
  • Move in flammables/solvents cabinets
  • Larger paint/powder coating booths
  • Powder coating oven
  • Fume hood

Graveyard

  • Move to other side of garage bay

Lobb(y/ies)

  • Sign in desks/stations

Lounges

depend on leather, CNC

  • More couches