Friday, February 11, 2011

Amazing Work Being Done

Everything is going well with the project.  Amazingly well.  The new HVAC duct work installation is being completed at Ivy and Spacesaver is scheduled to be here on Monday, February 14, 2011 bringing the rails to install.  I am sure our friends from Wisconsin are fully recovered from the Green Bay Packers victory in the Super Bowl.  The installation of the rails will take a couple of weeks then we pour concrete--lots and lots of it.  We will definitely be adding photos and (hopefully) video of that operation.  Renee and I will be at Ivy when the rails come in so stay tuned.

In the meantime the guys continue to pre-process our materials as much as they can and are making good progress.  Truth be told, I don't want that part of the operation to move too quickly because I have no place to store the boxes of items that have been bar coded and sorted by size.  We are getting the hang of sorting by size and that is important.  Once we have trays and a place to put them we will be able to really roll.  I also recently visited the 1040 pallets of stuff we are storing in Orange and all is well there.

And we should have trays soon.  We have placed the order with Supply One, Inc.  They have a manufacturing plant in Weyers Cave, VA, just over the mountain from Charlottesville.  They have supplied containers to UVa and many others in Virginia for years and I am confident they will do a good job supplying us with what we need.  I know Virginia Tech has used them for trays at their off site facility and are satisfied.  We're just riding their coat tails.  I'm glad we can use a local company for this contract.

Look for new photos next week.  This should be exciting.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Big Progress with the Construction at Ivy

The construction company, Martin Horn, has made a lot of progress at Ivy stacks.  All the old HVAC, sprinkler pipes, lights, and everything else has been removed.  Even as the last of the old air vents were being moved out for recycling the new duct work was being installed.  Renee has posted some new photos and the scene is quite impressive.  Check them out on the Photos page.

We have now begun some serious work on sorting our items from Ivy by size.  Even though we don't have any trays yet, and we have no extra space to store materials that have been sorted by size, we have begun going through the first of 36,000 boxes to measure the item (using the sizing template that is standard in this work and made by some very good people in Facilities Management), make sure the bar code is in the proper position, and place like sized items into clearly marked boxes.  The idea being when we have trays and the facility is ready to shelve them, we will be able to quickly place the items in appropriate trays, scan the materials into the inventory management system, and place them on the correct shelf. 

The schedule now calls for essential completion of all construction in mid-July 2011.  That is awesome.  We will need to process (from sizing to the shelf) over 6000 items/day to make our target of re-opening Ivy in January, 2012, but I am optimistic this can be done.  So far things have gone well and I believe this will continue to be the case until I am convinced otherwise.  I mean, really, what could go wrong?