I've been more than busy at work the last few weeks and here's why:
Since my job is a new position, I'm tasked with creating it from the ground level. Sounds exciting, right? It is, but it's also considerably stressful, especially thanks to my perfectionist nature. It's also extremely difficult to determine every detail of a position when the first assignment is to design a 1400 sq. ft. facility for a training program, meetings, etc...with no budget and limited resources. I had a bare bones space - concrete floors, hung sheet rock, and an open ceiling. Luckily, lights had been dropped and while it's not ideal, for now we're living with the open ceiling concept.
For flooring, I worked with the building manager until we could find the best possible deal for acceptable carpet (to cut down on echo in the room).
Now for the walls, we ran into some, well, walls. Most quotes we were getting were higher than the carpet and just plain unreasonable. I had to do some thinking. The idea of ME painting the walls was just not feasible since I'm horrible with a roller and the walls are 18 ft tall. Not happening. I knew then that I was going to need a "cheap" team of people willing to paint...
With the help and coaxing of a co-worker, it was decided that I should present the idea of art students from local high schools coming in to paint a mural on the walls of this facility. It was a longshot, but somehow, the president approved the idea and we were on. It took a lot of scheduling and re-scheduling, but finally I was able to get students from both Glasgow High School and the entire A.P. art class (and their teacher) from Barren County High School to come in and paint all 1400 square feet.
They were unbelievable.
I'm so pleased with their work, they were such a breeze to work with, and are truly great kids. I couldn't have asked for more, especially at the end of the school year. It took two weeks of long nights and a weekend (which is record speed, if you ask me) but it was worth it.
(The carpet hadn't been laid in these pictures.)
And the best part? This is my "office" so I get to look at this every day.
*I haven't been able to appropriately honor the GHS kids due to scheduling conflicts and I feel terrible that their hard work has not been rewarded. They were great and "thank you" just isn't enough. And my 'finisher,' Todd Woodward, deserves a huge THANK YOU for coming in to bridge the gap and wrap up the project. I'm forever indebted!
Pike Travels- Day 8, leaving Tucson
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