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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer of Space Projects

This is shaping up to be a summer of major projects in the Facilities part of our group.  We're making good investments in providing a safer work environment for our warehouse team and keeping our Nashville operations all on one campus.  This includes adding air conditioning to the areas of the Distribution Center where about 80% of our people work, moving the Library Archive to the DC, moving our Design and Multimedia Group into the current Library space, moving the Remainder Sales showroom into the existing DMM production room, and reconfiguring the current DMM space as growth space for new office positions.

The Cap-X was approved last week and these projects are rolling out as follows:

This week modular walls are being delivered to the warehouse to build the new Library Archive space.  This self-contained, climate-controlled room will be heat and humidity controlled to protect this very important company asset.  This space should be ready for the Library assets between June 8th and 10th.

The Library Archive will move between June 10th and 15th, after which the build-out of the current Library space will begin.  Having been finished-out as storage space when the building was built, additional HVAC and lighting will need to be installed in order to accommodate moving 12 people into this area.  New fixtures and an office will be added and this project should be completed about July 15th.  The DMM team should move between the 15th and 20th. 

Sometime in late July or early August the Remainder Sales showroom will move over to this building and the current DMM areas cubicles will be reconfigured to accommodate new positions or any currently pending space moves. 

Finally, additions to the Legal team will necessitate converting the existing Lobby B conference room into a private office.  One of the current vacant offices in the Sales area, on the other side of the elevator lobby, will be reconfigured as the new Lobby B.  No date as been set yet.

All these moves are good news.  As our business continues to improve and we carefully add needed staff our group's goal is to keep every Nashville employee here on this campus.  The benefits in communication and teamwork that we've experienced these last 2 1/2 years since leaving all leased office space are indisputable. We hope to continue accommodating strategic growth while also improving our work environment.

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