[vc_row full_width=”” parallax=”” parallax_image=””][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text css_animation=””]We are setting things up at the CoG version 2.0, and we’ve had so many people stopping in to ask about what we do, and whether they can take classes. It seems we are integrating into the community a bit better with this highly visible space! A young woman came in today and mentioned that she got a sewing machine for Christmas, but it was still sitting in the box because she didn’t know how to use it. Her next question? “Do you teach classes?” Of course we do! Check out our events calendar. I had a fleeting vision that people in Troy, NY would now be able to design, mend and update their own clothes, no need to throw them away!
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Tomorrow, Saturday, Aug 29th starting at 9am, we will be moving out of the old TVCOG space and into the Quackenbush. This activity will focus on the following objectives:
It’s an ambitious list! So we need your help to lift, carry, setup and test. Hope you can join in the fun! Please show up at the new facility at the Quackenbush building if you can help! If you have questions, please contact the moving coordinator Jordan Munn (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)!
Thank you for being a part of the TVCOG community!
All the best,
President, Tech Valley Center of Gravity
I think it is safe to say that the ribbon cutting on Wednesday exceeded everyones expectations, and was a fantastic celebration of all that we have built together as a maker community over the last 2.5+ years, and all that is to come. Much has been said in way of thanks for everyone that has made the ribbon cutting possible, but before I get to discussing what we’re doing to get the new space operational, I wanted to take the time to thank one of our under-sung heros of our big day: Sue Dunckel of Sweet Sues (http://www.sweetsuesweets.com/ or at 203 River Street, Troy NY) is a fantastic supporter of the TVCOG, and really came through for us with the catering. The amazing food that she provided for the crowd was perfect for the event, and she worked so hard to pull it off under difficult conditions and at great expense. So please stop by Sweet Sues and tell her thank you for all her support!
I’d also like to express my deepest gratitude to the construction crews and help from Atrium Services, who really stepped up to get the space in amazing shape in time for the big event, and were patient and professional under mounting time pressure. Rodney Armstrong of T&J Electrical Associates is a fine example of the energy and get-it-done spirit that made Wednesday possible, and if you get a chance to see him or any of the other crew that are *still* working at the Quackenbush making the other floors ready, please tell them how much their work matters and how much we appreciate everything they do. We never say it enough, and it’s important that we do.
We had a ribbon cutting. Now we need to actually get the TVCOG online in the new space! This weekend is pretty low key in terms of activity in this direction for a number of reasons:
On Tuesday during social night we will be going through the old COG location and separating the chaff from everything that we’ll be taking over to the new space. This process will involve setting aside good stuff that we’re not keeping for a garage sale this coming Saturday, Aug 29th, and throwing out the garbage that no one in their right minds would want. So please come, if we have enough people we may broaden the scope of our activity to include other important areas that need to be addressed prior to “The Big Move”(TM).
This coming Saturday, August 29th we will be moving tools, setting up storage, arranging the basement workshops and getting the major areas of operation ONLINE. If all goes according to plan, we may also be moving the lathe and bridgeports! So we need the area leaders to let Jordan Munn know if they can or cannot assist in the process on that day so that we can plan to find an alternative leader for each zone. Jordan will be reaching out to each of you to confirm.
Once next Saturday is done, we should be nominally operational in the new space! Please let me know what questions, comments or concerns you might have!
All the best,
President, Tech Valley Center of Gravity
This evening the “3D Printing Syndicate of Albany” had the privilege of being the first meeting held in the new SEFCU community room at the TVCOG! Great turnout and discussions, including some show and tell featuring the Monoculight by Art Davis found on Thingiverse.
So many people are talking about our new space in the news!
Here’s what we’ve got so far, and you can follow along on our facebook page too. All these images are courtesy of Heather Otis.
Less than 24 hours until the ribbon cutting at the Quackenbush building! Tonight we finished compressive staging in the community room in preparation for deployment of furniture and materials across the main hall floors tomorrow. Many thanks to the dozens of volunteers tonight who helped move items from the TVCOG, our storage facility and down from the 3rd floor to prepare for the big day! Tonight the flooring crew is finishing up the area under the mezzanine and waxing so it will be beautiful for tomorrow morning.
So close, you can taste it! Tomorrow (Tuesday, Aug 18th) we will begin staging the furniture and equipment starting at 6:30pm. Due to the schedule for completion of the floor and waxing, we will be “compressive staging” the furniture and equipment in the community room, which consists of placing items in that space in order of deployment onto the main hall floor. This process will let us move swiftly on Wednesday morning when the floors are shiny and dry after waxing. The plan is to unfurl all the staged items in the community room from 9-10am, and then get the displays and equipment up and running from 10 – 2 while assisting exhibitors with their displays. We have over a dozen exhibitors coming to show off their #MadeAtTheCOG and TVCOG associated awesomesauce!
Opportunities to help abound! Join us for Social night (Tuesday, 6:30pm) and help us get things staged! We’ll meet at the old COG and give an overview of what is left that needs to come over, and break into work crews to get it done! Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or concerns!