NCAA Pool Underway!

It’s “Bracket Time, Baby!”  Here at Gontram Architecture, we are again hosting our annual NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Pool!

The Tournament provides a much-needed release, distraction and yes, madness.  Yeah, we know the stats about wasted time, lost productivity, yada yada.  Everyone should just have fun once in a while.

That said, we renew our open invitation to enter your picks on Gontram Architecture’s Annual NCAA Basketball Pool.  Gontram Architecture’s version of the traditional office pool is unique.

Our Pool is FREE – no money, no trouble with the authorities.

It’s open to anyone. (We don’t encourage folks under 18 yrs old to play, but we don’t object either.)  Two years ago, 6 of the top 10 finishers were still in elementary school!

We have great prizes from great sponsors:

It doesn’t even matter if you know anything about college basketball – trust me, it doesn’t.  In fact, an average amount of knowledge seems to be a hinderance as I have not even SNIFFED a prize position in the history of the Pool.

Register by going to our sign-up page.  (This year, you must register in order to participate – sorry for the additional step, but with well over a thousand contestants, this helps manage the “madness.”)  Then, log on between 8:00 pm, Sunday March 15th (Selection Sunday) and 11:00 am, Thursday, March 19th and make your picks.  And, you too, can become a little less productive for a couple of days in March.

One entry per person, please.

Ohio State Wins! NCAA Bowl Game Pick ‘Em Pool Complete!

BowlPrizesOhio State beat Oregon in the first-ever College Football playoff in the FBS Division! The 2014-2015 NCAA Football Bowl Season is now complete!

In Gontram Architecture’s annual NCAA Pick ‘Em Pool, Cathee Eberlee takes 1st place in the Pool with 129 points and a 63% pick percentage.

Ryan Weese takes home the horse’s butt trophy for last place. With a 38% pick percentage, he found himself in the basement.

Again, Gontram Architecture hosted our Annual NCAA Bowl Game Pick ‘Em Pool!  As always, this was a FREE pool, open to (almost) anyone, with great prizes for the winners, and a horse’s butt bobble head trophy for the last place winner!

Full results are available on our Website by going to http://www.gontramarchitecture.com/ga-news/NCAABowl/ncaa-bowl.htm.

Prizes:

Place
Prize
1st Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Internet Tablet compliments of G5 Design-Build
2nd  Roku 3 compliments of Harris Structural Design
3rd Full-size flag of your favorite Division I university (subject to availability) from WindDesigns – The Flag Shop***.
4th Google Chromecast compliments of Gontram Architecture
5th T-shirt compliments of G5 Design-Build
Last Horse Butt Bobblehead Trophy compliments of Gontram Architecture

 

*** Collegiate flags limited to availability. Not all Division I schools are available. NC State, of course, is available

Free NCAA Bowl Game Pick ‘Em Pool – Picks Due by 11:00 AM, 12/20/14

BowlPrizesThe magic of Bowl Season is HERE!  This year, again, FBS (Division I) teams will participate this year in (too) many bowl games.

Again, Gontram Architecture is hosting our Annual NCAA Bowl Game Pick ‘Em Pool!  As always, this is a FREE pool, open to (almost) anyone, with great prizes for the winners, and a horse’s butt bobble head trophy for the last place winner!

Completed Entries are due by 11:00 am, December 20, 2014 – prior to the first Bowl Game in our Pool.  Note:  Some bowl games are not included in our Pool.

As in year’s past, bowl game points are based upon their payout value rounded to the nearest million. For instance, the Belk Bowl pays out $1,000,000 to the teams so it is worth 1 point. The Sugar Bowl pays out $18 million to those teams, so that game is worth 18 points. A 4 point bonus is given to the National Championship Game.

Don’t miss out on the fun. (One entry per person, please.) Online Pick Sheets are available now by going to http://www.gontramarchitecture.com/ga-news/NCAABowl/ncaa-bowl.htm.

Prizes:

Place
Prize
1st Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Internet Tablet compliments of G5 Design-Build
2nd  Roku 3 compliments of Harris Structural Design
3rd Full-size flag of your favorite Division I university (subject to availability) from WindDesigns – The Flag Shop***.
4th Google Chromecast compliments of Gontram Architecture
5th T-shirt compliments of G5 Design-Build
Last Horse Butt Bobblehead Trophy compliments of Gontram Architecture

 

*** Collegiate flags limited to availability. Not all Division I schools are available. NC State, of course, is available

Happy Holidays from Gontram Architecture!

A sincere “Happy Holidays” from Gontram Architecture to you!  As part of our annual holiday tradition, we’ve produced another episode in a long series of “odd” animated videos:How_to_Construct_A_Snowman_6-01

How to Construct a Snowman – Part 6 – Fun in the Snow…With Zoning!

This definitely falls under the “Other nonsense” category…

In Part 6 of our “How to Construct a Snowman” video series, Ned Ledbetter embarks on a new strategy to reach the masses: a Video Blog. Join Ned as he updates the public on recent weather events, changes to field inspections, and other items of interest. He also dives in to the world of Twitter.How_to_Construct_A_Snowman_6-03

A special “thanks” goes to Dave Schulz of Schulz Ironworks for providing the voice of Ned.

View the video HERE.

You can also view Part 1 thru 5:How_to_Construct_A_Snowman_6-02

Part I – How to Construct a Snowman: A Zoning Enforcement Officer’s Perspective

Part II – How to Construct a Snowman: The Design-Bid-Build Process

Part III – How to Construct a Snowman: Financing a Snowman with Hot Chocolate.

Part IV:  How to Construct a Snowman:  Navigating the Politics

Part V: How to Construct a Snowman: Lighting your Snowman

If having trouble viewing the YouTube version, try the Flash version in a new window. Flash Player is required. Free download available at http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.

NC Retail Merchants Association – 012

Ceiling grid and tile installed in 2nd floor corridor

Ceiling grid and tile installed in 2nd floor corridor

Three weeks left to go for the NC Retail Merchants Association project in downtown Raleigh, NC.  While there is still a lot of work to do, confidence is high and activity is furious!

Above ceiling inspections have been obtained (big milestone).  Ceiling tile installation is nearing completion.  Floor finishes are underway on the 2nd floor.

Wood trim installation is complete.  Painting is coming down the homestretch.  Wood doors are being stained.  Cabinetry has arrived for the new break room, kitchenette, and copy room and is mostly installed.

Cabinetry installation underway

Cabinetry installation underway

Construction is slated to be complete by June 30th.  Because of the accelerated schedule, the design-build process made the most sense to NCRMA.  Gontram Architecture and Ten Penny Construction have once again teamed up for this unique Design-Build opportunity.  As a single-source delivery method, we control budget and schedule, taking a lot of the usual Owner-associated worry out of the project.

Ceiling grid and tile with accent paint in conference room

Ceiling grid and tile with accent paint in conference room

NC Retail Merchants Association – 011

Accent painted walls, wood trim and permanent lighting.

Accent painted walls, wood trim and permanent lighting.

The NC Retail Merchants Association project in downtown Raleigh, NC is a few mere weeks from completion.

There is still a lot to do, but steady progress is being made.  Above ceiling inspections are being obtained today and early next week.  Ceiling tile installation can proceed as soon as possible.

Wood trim installation, painting, etc. are at a fever pitch.

New break room, kitchenette, and copy room cabinetry are due to arrive and be installed next week.  Floor finishes are also scheduled next week.

The owner’s telecom contractors have run cable above ceiling and are ready to terminate connections.

Insulation awaits installation above ceiling

Insulation awaits installation above ceiling

Construction is slated to be complete by June 30th.  Because of the accelerated schedule, the design-build process made the most sense to NCRMA.  Gontram Architecture and Ten Penny Construction have once again teamed up for this unique Design-Build opportunity.  As a single-source delivery method, we control budget and schedule, taking a lot of the usual Owner-associated worry out of the project.

Marshall Retail Group’s new RDU Terminal 1 Retail Shops

FlightStop North from terminal concourse

FlightStop North from terminal concourse

FlightStop North, FlightStop South, and Marshall Rousso/Ruby Blue retail shops opened in Raleigh-Durham Airport’s (RDU) newly renovated Terminal 1 this past month.  Gontram Architecture was selected to assist the Marshall Retail Group and SmartDesign Group as the local architectural firm on the project.

The overall project consisted of three individual retail upfits (totaling approximately 3,000 sq. ft., plus some off-site warehouse space) with tight schedule constraints and multiple reviews throughout the design phase.

 

FlightStop South interior

FlightStop South interior

SmartDesign Group was the lead designer on the project.

 

FlightStop South from terminal concourse

FlightStop South from terminal concourse

Marshall Rousso from terminal concourse

Marshall Rousso from terminal concourse

Ruby Blue

Ruby Blue