EB: Oh, that’s wonderful. For my last project question, I want to be very upfront. We aim to learn as much as we can from projects and this one was very complex and challenging. Were there problems or complaints, from any of the teams on the design side, or the installation side, or anything that we can learn from?
MGN: First of all, I just want to say we worked with a great team on your end; people like Ryan Tobin, were just fantastic. Maybe one of the challenges was the stressful environment – we had 13 phases of permitting, we had people moving in during construction with a partial CO. The challenge was more about the schedule than the actual product. On the installation side, I was very fussy and our team was very fussy. If we saw something that wasn’t perfect, we had to address it. I don’t recall, maybe it’s because it’s been a while, but there’s just there’s no overarching sense of any complaints in terms of the installation and things like that.
In terms of overall resiliency in the world of materials, having clarity in installation method and in detail opportunities, and what can or can’t be done – that was very helpful because we wanted to keep the price reasonable for the owner and meet their budget.
One other thing I would add is that we complemented the Panelite with wood, which is a very tactile material, and that was just a lovely adjacency. Having that juxtaposition was also key to the success of the experience overall. The warmth of the wood, the warmth of the light, and the play between the two as you walk into the lobby, draw you down the corridor. And there are folks who are working right next to the wood, and folks that work next to the light, so it gave a sense of different neighborhoods. That’s also a strength of the Panelite, its ability to relate to other materials that are very different, and still produce a seamless, cohesive experience.