Since we opened the doors to our brand new facility in January, we have been quietly working away behind the scenes on secret new features. One of these is finally ready, and we invite you to meet our brand new "Bike Garden"! Over the past several months, we have been working closely with 3 landscape architects from Olin Studio - namely Chris Landau, Will Belcher, and Henry Moll - to design and build this combined bike parking and patio area, with cool features like electrical chargers, a bar, and even an access control system. The finished product is the result of a collective effort for which many people should be thanked. The metal bike racks were conceived by Landau, Belcher, and Moll, engineered by Evan Malone, parts were cut on the water jet by NextFab's Alex Numann, welded by Connor Mcgoey (for the most part), ground by our member Jason Browne, vinegar finished by NextFab's Chris Kolb, and installed by Adam Waraksa (and friends). Our member Nyssa Capps polished and sealed the concrete bar top. Evan Malone and Diana Montgomery planted the grass and plants.
On September 19th, we had the pleasure of having NextFab members and staff celebrate its grand opening. We had a great time sampling Mexican themed drinks and appetizers provided by Jet Wine Bar while talking about our projects and future plans, including the new Mexican restaurant - Cafe Ynez - soon to be opening inside of NextFab!
Our bike-friendly community have demonstrated that the racks work (whew!), and it couldn't make us happier. Perhaps the only thing missing is your bike, so please come and check it out!
In the meanwhile, we'd like to share the glorious party shots with you. Bike on!
Above: NextFab's Woodworking Champion, John Haggerty, member Jason Browne and friend?
Above: NextFab's SolidWorks master, Alex Numann and photo/videographer member, Anders Uhl.
Above: member, inventor and entrepreneur, George Anthony.
Above: NextFab's Metalworking knight, James Brown and his family.
Above: NextFab's Adam Waraksa and resident, Tony Sacksteder from Equipois.
Above: NextFab's leading force and president, Evan Malone and his wife, Jill Weber.