Split Rock showed its continued support for the New York Landmark Conservancy while attending the 22nd annual Lucy G. Moses Award Dinner. Named in honor of philanthropist Lucy G. Moses, the Awards recognize the property owners, builders, architects, artisans, and designers who renew the beauty and utility of New York City’s incredible architecture. Restoration projects such as Grand Central Station and the Central Park Police Station are great examples of the results this wonderful organization makes possible. Always a fun event, the Lucy Moses Award Dinner brings together some of the most interesting people in our town around a topic so near and dear to our hearts.
We were shocked to learn that the general contracting industry has experienced a bad reputation at times! Seriously though, we all know a story about someone who hired a contractor who was all or some of the following: dishonest, not licensed, underinsured, untalented, incompetent or just simply indifferent to their clients' needs. Every industry has their share of these types. One of our clients, prior to hiring Split Rock, hired a contractor who demonstrated all of the above traits. Our client, a dentist by profession, hired the least expensive contractor and planned to renovate his medical facility during the week of vacation he had planned several months in advance. An unlikely success story from the start. Needless to say, things did not go well at all and so the many months long saga and disruption to his business began. Once hired, we renovated his office during the evenings and on weekends and were finally able to deliver the result our client expected. Unfortunately, this renovation cost him much more money, time and business disruption than he ever expected. Split Rock was happy to accompany him in court, testify on his behalf and help him achieve the maximum remedy available to him. Cheaper can often be the most expensive option there is!
We were delighted to attend a week long event hosted by the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville Alabama. One of the highlights of the week was attending a talk given by Gloria Vanderbilt discussing the new book authored by Wendy Goodman about Gloria's life, The World of Gloria Vanderbilt. We have had several ocassions to spend time with Gloria and are always amazed to be in the company of someone who epitomizes a chapter right out of American history. So talented at so many things, Gloria in particular is one of our favorite artists and we are so fortunate to own several of her paintings. The Gala event was a beautiful evening directed by our dear friend Christopher Madkour and his amazing team. Additionally, there were the silent and live auctions and the fabulous tour of the surrounding gorgeous antebellum homes. A great time in a great city spent with fabulous people.
Split Rock attended a wonderfully hosted event by Luxe Interiors + Design. The event was held at the Material ConneXion Library which is the world's largest resource for advanced, innovative and sustainable materials and processes. The Library serves industries and disciplines including architecture, fashion, interior design, manufacturing and packaging, just to name a few. Who knew this resource was available right here in New York? Absolutely fascinating and a really fun time. http://www.materialconnexion.com/
Every year, we rarely miss the International Builders’ Show (IBS) which is held in either Orlando or Las Vegas, alternating each year. Either location is fine for us during the cold month of February in the northeast! It is the housing industry’s largest annual trade show and exhibition where the most cutting-edge designs, technologies, and products can be seen, touched and demonstrated. We are always excited to see what our favorite vendors such as Duravit, Thermador and Kohler are introducing. We got to spend time with our friends at Advantage Lumber and Knauf and catch up on the latest evolutions in solar power products. Soon we will be able to include solar solutions that are cost effective and productive as a general offering to our clients. A new vendor we were particularly happy to meet is Vintage Specialies Inc. For a reasonable price, they can produce highly custom doors that look vintage but well preserved in any species with endless design possibilities.
Split Rock took a great new office and work space for it's back office activities and custom millshop at 1916 Park Avenue in Manhattan's exciting and evolving neighborhood of Harlem. With over 2,500 square feet of office space on the 4th floor, Split Rock's creative team can spread out into the open loft space with 14' foot ceilings and vintage floors. Additionally, Split Rock took another 3,500 square feet of storage and workshop in the basement. The best part is the adjacent parking lot across the street that accommodates our vehicles as well as our visitors. Great new places like the Red Rooster, Chez Lucienne, Settepanni and Harlem Brewing Co. make lunch and after work events fun.