On Monday we took possession of the building at 2330 NW 31st. And this morning at 7AM we started cutting up the concrete floor (for plumbing) and tearing out the hanging ceiling.
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This new location is for real.
The building is about seven blocks away from our current facility, just across NW Nicolai, which puts us inside the industrial zone.
In fact, the City of Portland has designated this whole area as the Guild’s Lake Industrial Sanctuary. That's right. A place where industrial businesses are protected from the harassment of loft developers and are free to roam in safety.
Part of that habitat is lots and lots of parking. We now have our own parking lot plus blocks and blocks of unmetered on-street parking. And all just a few blocks from the Portland Brewing Company Taproom, Boedecker Cellars Winery + Tasting Room, and Summit Safety Shoes. (Somebody told us they like to try on steel toed boots at lunch.)
The new building--built in the 70s but new to us--is bigger, taller, and has a much better design for a soundstage. We've already told you about six times how we're going to have a larger, taller, THREE-sided cyc; room for simultaneous shoots; expanded client areas; and a commercial kitchen. So we won't mention those here.
But if you drive by or just do a Google Street View, you can see that we have actual loading bays and truck parking in the back, which is behind a secure gate. So bring in those giant set pieces. We can take them.
We're beginning renovation on the inside right away and should be able to start booking projects at the new site by late fall. Sometimes these things go more quickly than expected. But we're not betting on it.
In the meantime, and through the transition, our Upshur facility will be fully operational, so schedule your productions with Brynden just like you're doing now.
Want A Tour?
If you'd like a tour of the new building, let us know and we will schedule it for you. Drive by anytime you like, but one of us needs to be on-site to let people in.