Our office had just completed a very high-profile Seniors apartment that had received lots of awards, had gotten a lot of press in the trades, and was very high end. It had three stories of apartments, each with a nice sized balcony. What more could you ask for, right?
|A rendering of the Project. Note some of the balconies are trellises, some have solid roofs.|
One suggestion for the dark balconies was to paint the underside of the roof structure white instead of the dark green of the original design. So instead of getting a painter to paint one of the balconies, an intern architect was dispatched with a knife, a box of white Foam Core sheets, a ruler, a cutting board and several tubes of Liquid Nails. So there I was, in temperature and humidity both in the mid-90’s, on a resident’s balcony. Standing on a ladder, I fitted squares of Foam Core into the coffers of the porch roof while trying to keep the sweat from burning my eyes. I was miserable. Having been part of a meeting prior to this exercise, I had been dressed in a coat and tie, not exactly appropriate for the task at hand.
Not only was the work undesirable, but the gracious gentleman who allowed me to enter his home and walk out on to his balcony had some memory issues. He was also a retired military officer. Though he was extremely accommodating when he first met me, in the time it took me to place the white Foam Core under his roof (I am guessing about two hours), he had kind of forgotten who I was. When I reentered his living room, he didn’t take kindly to me barging into his life and interrupting The Price Is Right. I felt bad, but what could I do? There was no other way off the third floor balcony! I just apologized profusely and left his apartment as quickly as possible.
I am told that the Liquid Nails gave way to the humidity over the summer, dropping the foam panels on the Major’s head every so often. Days like those really made me question my sanity for entering the profession. I am sure the Major would agree with that assessment.
This post is part of the ArchiTalks series where a group of us (architects who also blog) all post on the same day and promote each other’s blogs. This month’s theme is “What Was I Thinking” and was led by Cormac Phalen. A lot of other talented writers who also are architects are listed below and are worth checking out:
Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
“what was i thinking?”
Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
what were we thinking: #architalks
Mark R. LePage – EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
What Was I Thinking?
Cormac Phalen – Cormac Phalen (@archy_type)
What was I thinking?