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The Grand Hall

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As a part of the programmed space and needs for the OCU School of Law, a large multipurpose space that gives the school the flexibility to add a broader venue of activities was desired. To gain maximum value for every square foot, this space could perform many functions. On a day to day basis, the grand space would be used as the living room of the school and be a part of first impression for visitors and guests that is a part of creating the intangible air of greatness for the law school. In addition to being the living room, it provides the function of being a great reading room for the library. The space will have a variety of seating and open collaborative areas that will allow it to satisfy both of these functions concurrently. Continue reading

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Saving History – one piece at a time

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As a part of the construction documents for the conversion of the American Farmers and Ranchers Insurance Company building (latest occupants with previous occupants being One Bell Central and Central High School) into the OCU School of Law, FSB laid out specific instructions for saving the history of Oklahoma High School through the preservation of the remaining pieces historic fabric inside the facility. At the time of the original construction in 1910 the workmen were true craftsmen and artisans at their respective trades. In particular, the pieces of history remaining in the building were primarily the work of tile setters and plasterers. The workmanship is incredible and approaches a level of quality of artwork. Continue reading

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Starting a New Year – a time to reflect

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Kicking off a new year is always exciting; a fresh start, new hopes, new aspirations, getting out the black-eyed peas, remembering to put the correct new year on dated documents and making New Year’s resolutions.

“Set goals this New Year. Reflect on those things that will make a difference. Goals give your life direction. fcs”

For the Chickasaw Visitor Center the New Year was a milestone that signaled we were moving forward into another year of progress on the project. The first new year’s milestone in 2012 signaled the transition from schematic design (preliminary design) to design development (final design). The second New Year’s milestone in 2013 signaled construction was well on its way. Continue reading

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Mapping the Course – what’s next

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While we continue to close the project out, there are a number of upcoming events.

Current Events

The facility has had its ribbon cutting and is open to visitors. However, we are still creating lists of incomplete items and/or items to be corrected (punch lists). The most recent visits have been to review the landscaping and landscape irrigation systems, gray water system and HVAC systems operation. There are new items to be corrected and a list of previous items that are still being corrected. The contractor still has a full-time superintendent on the job site overseeing this aspect of the work. Continue reading

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A Day of Celebration and Ribbons

Photo Courtesy of the Ardmoreite

Photo Courtesy of the Ardmoreite

The milestone that signifies the Owner’s public celebration of the completion of the project is the Day of Dedication more commonly known as the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. The ceremony inaugurates the official opening of a facility for its planned use. Amongst a hat trick of grand openings, the Visitor Center was dedicated along with the new Bedre Café and the ARTisian Gallery. All these facilities occupy the main Sulphur downtown intersection of First Street and Muskogee Avenue. It is fitting that the 100th Post of the FSB Blog would celebrate this major milestone of the Chickasaw Visitor Center. Continue reading


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FF and E – what duh heck are we talking about


This term means something different to a variety of professions. It seems the greatest use of the term is within the accounting world. From an accounting view-point is has to do with company value. This comes into play when a company is for sale or worse is being liquidated. In this sense we are talking about a company asset albeit one that is aggressively depreciated. So what is this term we are talking about?

FF&E is an acronym for “Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment.” These are movable items that have no permanent connection to the building and include items like desks, chairs, computers, other equipment, tables and bookcases. It can also include “Accessories” which can consist of designer waste baskets, lamps, pottery, pillows, area rugs and art objects.  How does this tie into what FSB does?

open furniture

Our involvement in FF&E is in the very early stages before it ever becomes an asset on the books of a company. One of FSB’s professional services to clients is the planning, selection, specifying, bidding, purchase and installation of FF&E. Didn’t know there as so much involved? Just ask one of our interior designers about want it takes to pull this all together and end up with a successful installation.

It begins with the programming/project definition that sets the overall aesthetic flavor and objectives for the project. The furnishings must achieve the same goals as the design of the building while complimenting the building design and achieving specific furniture goals that include ergonomics, feel, character, style, texture and color. FSB’s interior designers focus on merging the expectations of the owner, end-user along with those of the FSB architectural designers.

office furniture

We strive to achieve a creative artistic vision while working within the owner’s unique brand and characteristics. Our end product is to deliver design solutions that make a difference in the distinctive character of the building and enhance the interior environment. Here are the basic steps we go through:

  • Participate with the overall FSB Team to understand and document the client’s vision and goals
  • Interpret those design objectives into furnishings concepts
  • Provide alternative selections for each type of furniture and accessory
  • Facilitate the final selection of FF&E with the client which includes samples of products, fabrics, wood colors and mock-ups
  • Develop drawings and specifications for pricing, acquisition and installation
  • Participate in the bid process by providing clarifications
  • Review submittals to ensure that the design intent is being achieved and the owner is getting the greatest value
  • Work with the suppliers in developing a fabrication, delivery and installation schedule that coordinates with the schedule and completion of the building
  • Provide representation and coordination during delivery and installation
  • identify items that are damaged for replacement
  • Provide quality control throughout the process

The FF&E for the Chickasaw Visitor Center has achieved all of the vision and goals and then some. Installation is happening as we speak.

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To be done or not to be done – the big question

Overall Photos

We’ve been talking about getting close, getting done, are we there yet, substantial completion, project closeout and punch lists. Well the process has started. We visited the site for the purpose of developing the punch list of items to be completed or corrected. We spent 3 days looking, observing, inspecting. We found that much was done, but there was still work to do. Continue reading

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The Plight of the Painter

Interior Painting

The painter is probably the most abused trade on the project. In many ways, the painter is his own worst enemy and in the end many other trades are his worst enemy too.

Throughout the project as new trades become involved in the project they add to the work that is already in place. Often times the previous work becomes the substrate for the next trades work to go over. This is true of floor slabs being the substrate for the finish flooring that will come next like the large slate tile in the Gallery. The quality of work of the previous trade can help make the next trade’s work look good or really bad. Continue reading

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The Creation of a Punch List

Building Exterior

The normal sequence of events that leads to creating a punch list starts when the Contractor believes that the project has achieved a level of substantial completion. The Contractor requests that the Architect issue a Certificate of Substantial Completion to formalize this important event in the life of a project. At the time the Contractor requests this certificate, the Contractor is also obligated to provide a list of all the items that need to be corrected or completed. Substantial completion is a term used to generally indicate that the project only has minor items to be corrected or completed and that the Owner can begin to occupy and use the project for its intended purpose.

In our case that would mean Continue reading

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The Language of Construction

Construction Workers

There is a somewhat common language used on the American construction site that might be considered to some degree a dialect of sorts. And although it may be spoken with different accents depending on your geographic location within the country, the use of construction language is pretty much the same. It entails a shortened grammatical sentence structure, creative verb conjugation and double negatives with some occasional words borrowed figuratively from the maritime vocation. This language is not taught, but absorbed thru experiences and conversations either first hand or overheard at the construction site. Primarily used by the male worker, these gentlemen can be amazingly proper when removed from the construction setting. Continue reading

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