While I was south on Virginia building Pippin Hill–two of our New England crews under the extraordinarily capable leadership of Lucas Robertson and assisted by David Hamilton–simultaneously built the second largest building we have ever put up during one of the worst Boston winters ever had. The first day delivery of two tractor trailers
was an exercise in mud in the midst of snow piled over 20′ high from clearing out the needed space. The slab could not be poured so many of the interior posts were suspended in air for months thanks to the 36′ girders fulfilling more than their intended function. In spite of the savage elements and interminable 150 mile weekly commutes–the crews were able to build this magnificent grocery store that features hydroponically year round grown vegetables and a deli incorporating what you pick on site…. Water Fresh Farm <http://www.waterfreshfarm.com/our_barn.html>
The building also features all the finishes using Vermont Natural Coatings <http://www.vermontnaturalcoatings.com/> which greatly enhances its green quality with no VOC’s used on the siding at all.
On a more personal note–this job represented a quantum existential leap for me in my relationship with Geobarns. Prior to this build–it would have been unthinkable for me to be off site during such an enormous, commercial and high profile project–but the convergence of Pippin Hill with Hopkinton in spite of our best laid plans to the contrary forced me to let go of on site managing this project and as a consequence learn to trust the capable leadership and competence of Lucas in particular and the crews in general. It is difficult for me to adequately convey my gratitude not just for their wonderful accomplishment–but moreover for the needed changes this has brought to our little company and to me personally. This building is a testimonial to the love and devotion of a group of men living and working on site in winter conditions and producing a work of art that has drawn in this community. The client and I have shared more than few tears at the miracle of seeing this dream come to fruition–something as near and dear to his heart as to mine. Our hearts have overflowed with gratitude…and in fact still do.