Interview by Fred Schmidt
Here’s an introduction to another one of the players on the FSB team; Naby Gharajeh (garra-jay). He’s a Senior Electrical Engineer, fairly quiet, doesn’t make waves but he has a great laugh. He’s down to earth and takes his engineering very seriously.
So, tell the followers what your role is, your input to the project.
Naby: I was basically the project electrical engineer. It was my role to design the building’s electrical system, lighting, communication and data systems, power to the mechanical equipment and anything architectural; the basic electrical system that any building requires. There was some work involved as far as the site was concerned; and lighting protection.
What made you decide to become an electrical engineer, what was your path towards being that?
Naby: Wow… ha!
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Filed under Design, Guests
When I think of connections, I am reminded of the song with the line that includes “the hip bone is connected to the thigh bone” and all the connections from head to toe that are part of the lyrics. The actual song title is Dem Dry Bones. There have been a lot of spin offs from the original song that have turned into a whole series of kids learning lessons and an interesting game called “Hip Bone Games” for all ages that is a game about connections.
The Visitor Center is all about connections. And not just all those that are about linking people, places and ideas of which there is an abundance. Those connections are important to the FSB design team but when it comes to the executed design of the building and it’s systems it’s all about the physical connections that hold all the pieces and parts of the building together. For the building, it starts with the structure or the skeleton of the building which brings me back to the thought of the hip bone being connected to the thigh bone. The skeleton of the building holds everything up and everything in turn is then connected to and integrated with it like the skin, circulatory systems, respiratory systems and the body control center. Continue reading
Groundbreaking is the celebration of new life. It’s the celebration of a new beginning; the beginning of a new project and the beginning of breathing life into a building with the start of construction. Groundbreaking is a traditional ceremony around the globe signifying the beginning of construction. Although the “ceremonial groundbreaking” may actually take place some time prior to the beginning of construction it is a ceremony that allows the owner to celebrate the beginning of a new project with friends, dignitaries, businessmen and special guests. Continue reading
Muskogee Avenue is the old historic downtown of Sulphur, Oklahoma and two short Sulphur blocks west of the Visitor Center site on Muskogee Avenue is another local establishment of interest. The Rusty Nail Winery touted as a “Boutique Winery nestled in the Heart of Historic Downtown Sulphur” is located on the NE corner of Muskogee and 3rd Street. They were the 45th winery to get a license in Oklahoma and are getting ready to celebrate their 2nd anniversary on September 22, 2012.
The building in which they are located was constructed in 1906 as a hardware store. Over the years it has been a lumber store, antiques shop and sandwich shop. The upstairs was a boarding house. The winery occupies all of the first floor with the front portion set up for tasting and sales. Some day the owners hope to convert the upstairs into a bed and breakfast. They are open from 4-8pm Monday through Friday and Noon to 8pm on Saturdays. Continue reading