Client: Liquid Agency
Location: San Jose, CA
Project type: Renovation while occupied
Location employee count: 32
Square footage: 8500
Liquid Agency’s founding office was opened 18 years ago and was so ready for this major renovation. Because the lease was coming to an end within two years, they wanted to get the biggest bang for their buck and that we did!
My roles on this project were General Contractor, project manager as well as partner in design decisions. I handled all elements from beginning to end: building the budget, sourcing, scheduling and managing all vendors and work, choosing finishes and fixtures, maintaining expectation and minimal disruption for employees and the leadership team.
The project touched all rooms and surfaces while staying open and functional for full staff use: new carpet throughout, every wall and ceiling painted, new kitchen and bathrooms, lighting, plumbing, construction of a new glassed in conference room and phone closet, space reconfiguration and new furniture. It was the longest shortest renovation ever for a $100K budget at 23 straight days, 10-14 hours a day and the adrenaline was pumping. Not sure which played a larger role on this one, strategy or luck.
Best learning opportunity: How resourceful I really can be. I already knew finding vendors and contractors in the bay area would be hard and finding good ones even harder. You know, ones that show up when they say they will and do the work they say they will do. Finding vendors literally last minute, to keep the extremely tight schedule, became normal. Oh the stories! I think I have an outline for a new TV series.
Any hat I need to wear: This was too “small” of a budget for any General Contractor in the Bay Area to want to take on, there is so much going on down there. After 4 months of trying to make that happen we decided I would wear the GC hat. It will be fun they said. I have to admit it really was! It was a challenge and one of the most fun projects I’ve had... with maybe an ever so slight lingering scent of PTSD. ;)
Funniest story: Keeping a tally on how many vendors showed up drunk. I’m not kidding.