I have news that I know you have been waiting for! We received our building permit! I’m not kidding when I say that this piece of paper is getting framed and will be hung as our first piece of art at the Hive. It is truly beautiful! As you can imagine, following the arrival of the building permit, things have been moving full speed ahead. The demolition got done in one day – the floor got ripped up and a few walls were taken down. Look here for a few pictures of the space following the demo. Next up is the creation of sidelights in all the offices, followed by the millwork for the kitchen and electrical work for phone and data lines.
I’ve also started accepting deliveries – our photocopier was just delivered and I’m ordering our coffee maker and water filtration system next. I can’t wait for all the ordering to be done and for more things to come in the door. I’m also arranging the installation of the internet and the phones (both in the middle of on-going construction)
Sky-Packets, a Long Island based technology company, is helping support the Hive through the installation and testing of our WiFi and Ethernet connections. They’ve been great to work with and have been brainstorming with us about different ways to setup the WiFi service to meet our needs. We will even be running an 802.11g/n Wi-Fi network for high speeds which will benefit members who are streaming video, downloading and uploading large files, or if you just require a high speed internet connection.
Additionally, J&R Music and Computer World (another sponsor of the Hive), is donating some of the equipment for the Hive. I still have to coordinate the delivery of the kitchen appliances with them. It seems that every time I cross things off my to-do list, more get added on! And without a concrete opening date, I just need to have faith that all my vendors will be able to accommodate me with little to no notice. Fingers crossed!
Oh, remember the postcard I mentioned I had been working on last week? After three tries, it is finally off at the printer. Did you know that you can’t mail a postcard at a non-profit rate if you have for-profit sponsors on the card? I learned this from our mail house, only after having sent the job to the printer. You can imagine the adrenaline rush as I called to cancel my 20,000 print run!
While I remain frenzied with all the details in opening the Hive, we have posted a membership application which can be found at hiveat55.com – so take a look and send back the form if you’re interested in becoming a member of the Hive. Hopefully, I’ll see you there in a few short weeks!