Spring in the Pacific Northwest is an exciting time. The clouds are starting to clear, there's a break from the seemingly endless grey and rain of winter, and there is an explosion of growth everywhere you look, including our headquarters in Issaquah. We began year two with an increased demand in production, which brought us to a pivotal moment in our company history. We had to make a choice: continue business as usual; or expand, innovate and grow. As engineers, and designers, naturally we chose the latter.
Our headquarters in Issaquah has served us well for the past 14 months, but we've been feeling a little cramped. Since day one, our plans for Phase 2 of Function Foundry have involved expanding into the large barn on our property, bringing in new machinery, new technology, and new personnel. The problem is, the barn is old, un-insulated, unventilated, has a dirt floor, and requires some serious power upgrades. Our goal was to turn something originally intended for housing horses, into a fully functioning metal fabrication and woodworking shop. Here is our journey so far in photos.
Our first challenge was to address the uneven dirt floor. Our work requires precision, which means our workspace needs to be completely level. The barn itself is split into two halves. One would be a dedicated wood shop, and the other half would be for metalworking and heavy machinery. For the wood shop, we decided to build out a new floor of plywood.
The second half of the barn would become our metalworking and machine shop. This is the area that is going to house heavy-duty, precision instruments such as a CNC plasma table, CNC Milling machine, lathe, and brake press. For the functionality of our machinery it was imperative that we create a stable and level surface. Also, with the plasma table throwing sparks and lightning everywhere, a wood floor would not be safe. We decided to level out the dirt floor and pour a concrete slab before bringing in our new machines.
With the new concrete floor ready, we immediately began moving in our new tools so we could get our machine shop up and running ASAP.
Thats all for now! Check back soon for part 2 of our shop build where we'll show off the completed workshop!