What's happening now at Because We Can

The Asbury Discovery Center is now open!

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We could not be more pleased with the opening of the Asbury Discovery Center this summer, a project we have been working on since last year. It all came out beautifully, filled with moving gears, secret doors and hidden treasures. Not to mention reptiles!

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The Asbury Discovery Center is the latest addition to the Hattiesburg, MS Children's Zoo. And we were given the task of designing it, and fabricating many of the components.

The main attraction in the front of the building is a large grassy area for Galapagos Tortoises to roam, complete with a small building for them to retreat inside to.

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The front of that small building welcomes visitors with an interactive gear wall. It all spins!

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Inside the Tortoise House is designed to look like an engine room, complete with electrically turning piston.

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The walkways are lined with rotating fans overhead, decorative arches and window and door frames.

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The window and door frames peek into all kinds of animal enclosures, like this cute critter

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And this enormous window that looks into the reptile enclosure

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Finally, when you get into the main education room, there is even more to see, and even more to interact with!

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A gear wall at the end of the room is a delight for all the children.

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And small doors down at the base of the cabinets are waiting to be discovered.

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See more about this project on our Asbury Discovery Center project page.

Great press pieces on The Interval

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We love these latest two articles on The Interval at The Long Now.

The first one from The Bold Italic, has a title that we couldn't be more proud of stating: Beautiful New Bar will have Two Robots

The second is from The Chronicle. A great little piece with a quote claiming The Interval "The Most instagrammable bar in San Francisco"

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The Interval at Long Now - Opens this weekend!

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The library, bar, museum, and cafe we designed for The Long Now will be opening this weekend to the public!
What a great weekend to check it out.
The museum and café is open daily from 10 AM-5 PM. Bar hours run 5 PM - 12 AM.
2 Marina Blvd, Fort Mason Building A, 415-561-6582

With the opening of the renovated space, now named The Interval, comes lots of great press.

From the NewYorkTimes, an article in their Sunday Magazine Food section.

From Zagat, a web article about the drinking and ceribral delights The Interval has to offer

From Urbandaddy, a lovely pictorial walk through of the new space

And finally, a wonderful write up on Laughing Squid about the progress of the space and what it has to offer.

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Walnut nesting stools

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These nesting stools were made for a San Francisco loft space we designed last year.
The stools organically nest into one another to create one longer bench.

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The loft space itself is now a very fun, bright space designed with lots of patterns and colors in mind. When we were first shown the space it was very cold, with its white walls and concrete floor. Adding some colors and textured materials helped soften the space and make it feel like a home

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We did many things to help make this a fun space to live in, like desiging these light fixtures to add interest to the very tall ceilings.

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And we chose bright colors for the walls and ceiling to brighten and soften all the concrete.

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The nesting benches live around the dining table, but are also designed to be moved around the space.

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The handles and soft bases allow them to be easily arranged depending on the type of entertaining.

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And smooth recessed circles in the center of each stool gives a soft place to sit.

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The stools were designed and made in our in-house shop out of locally sourced Clara Walnut from felled trees in the neighborhood.

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And now they are able to live on in a local home.

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The Interval- at Long Now

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We are very pleased to show off some sneak peek photos of a new space we were the Architects and Designers for. It is equal parts library, bar, museum, and cafe, and it has been named The Interval at Long Now.

We are still in the finishing stages. And we are still fabricating some of the more intricate built in pieces. But we can give you a photo tour of what the space is looking like so far...

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We take care to make the design of every space meet the needs of the client. In this case, bookshelves up to the ceiling provide a much needed separation for The Long Now's mezzanine office's and the public space below. The bookshelves hold a collection of books that The Long Now has been acquiring since its existence. Our design even helped spur another project that The Long Now has since started; a project to select 3,500 books that could help sustain or rebuild civilization, called the Manual for Civilization.

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We exposed the floor from the industrial carpeting covering it, and revealed the original floor of the 1930's metal shop this space use to be. We had the floor cleaned and polished, bringing out the original character of the slab.

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Complimenting the floor is a limestone bar top that we encased in resin, bringing out the beautiful raw details of this stone. And providing a durable surface for the bar and cafe patrons.

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Above the bar The Interval's bottle club program is stored in a 'bottle keep' tradition. We worked with The Long Now to conceptualize how the bottles would be stored are retrieved for the patrons. Settling on the ceiling storage, we designed and fabricated these ceiling mounted bottle holders, where the bottles will be light from above, creating a twinkling, glowing effect.

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A small room in, the back of the space, has the best view. So we put in comfy seating for those long important conversations. For the tables in this room and throughout the space we sourced local Northern CA walnut slabs.

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In the front of the space a table for larger groups, or communal seating. We've turned one of The Long Now's prototype pieces from their museum into a table. "–a museum piece that you can also rest your drink on."

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You can learn more about the space and The Interval at Long Now from their blogpost

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Maker Connections and Maker Faire

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Our Maker Connections video is now online for all to see! This is a new show that Make Media is doing where we showed off our work shop to 3rd grade classes around the country, remotely. It was really fun introducing the kids to the concepts of digital fabrication and getting to hear all of their questions. Hooray for exposing young minds!

Also in Maker news... We'll be at Maker Faire today, showing off our Serpent Twins project. Come seek us out! We'll be in the back parking lot where there is fire!

Our BlueSprout project, the Oakland-based business accelerator and industrial coworking space, got a write-up in the East Bay Express

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We are huge fans of Oakland, and so we are very excited to share with you the BlueSprout project we've been working so hard on. It just got a great write-up in the East Bay Express.

Go Oakland!

We're speaking at MakerCon

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We're honored to be included in the first Makercon next week. We're very excited to be giving a talk on Building Codes & Makerspaces: What you need to know to Hack that Space.

We'll be talking about all we've learned first hand in helping BlueSprout, the new Oakland-based hardware / business accelerator and industrial coworking space, get off the ground. There are a great deal of pragmatic and code issues that must be sorted to get to work (legally).

Later in the week, we'll also be at the Maker Faire, riding with the Serpent Twins. We'd love to see you next week!

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