Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday, Monday

Hey there!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  I know I did; it was just way too short.  However, I just found out that we are closing on Friday for the Fourth of July so that's exciting!

I have been busy filling in all of the faculty offices with furniture today.  I finished about 40 offices, so tomorrow I should be ready to finish this up and get a good price estimate for the customer.  We are still waiting to hear back from the faculty on which layout they like the best, but that shouldn't cause too much extra work once we get the results since offices haven't been assigned yet.  I am still so excited to be working on this project.  I feel like a real designer now!  Jason and I are supposed to visit a client at Stennis one day this week to go over plants for indoor planters. 

I am also working on a project in the Bobby Chain.  I'm super excited about this project, as well, because it is a remodel of the awful classroom on the first floor.  (Those of you who took Architecture History last year know the room I'm talking about.)  I think we all wanted to get our hands on that room a few times while we were in that class.  What we are doing to the room is going to be a huge improvement, and it is scheduled to begin at the beginning of the semester.  I vote that we all take a field trip to see it when it is finished!

Have a great week and check back closer to the weekend for a new update!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Finally Friday!

Well, we made it to the end of another week!  I have been so busy, and I love it!!!  I have had so many opportunities to grow this week.  First of all, we have had a few new clients, so I have been doing preliminary space plans for those places.  I am finally getting the hang of our new company software, so I am cruising along!

I went with Jason to two client meetings this week.  The first one was with Mrs. Claire in regards to the Dean's office for the School of Science and Technology.  We went over the checklist to make sure everything was accounted for and correct before placing the order.  The next day, we met with the College of Nursing to move forward with that project.  They were impressed with my renderings, and I think I have gained their confidence for the remainder of the project!  I edited a few layouts for them to send out to the faculty to review and choose the layout of their choice.  Now, I am filling in all of the offices with furniture.  This is definitely the biggest project I have ever dealt with.  I am in charge of the space plan for nearly 60 offices! 

I'm not sure who is looking more forward to a break this weekend, me or my computer.  We have both worked overtime to get presentations ready and drawings back to clients.  From the looks of it, the fun has just begun!

Everyone have a fun and safe weekend.  I'll see you back here next week!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Mainspace Teamwork

I apologize for such a late post this week.  Things have been crazy (in a good way) around here for me. 

Here at Mainspace Office Solutions we are all about teamwork.  Since there is only one salesperson (Jason), one financial/marketing officer (Lauren), and one designer (me), we constantly rely on one another on a daily basis. 

Most of our work is between the designer/dealer and client.  However, it is sometimes necessary to call on other contributors to the project.  As a matter of fact, I had to contact the architect for a project that we are working on to make sure the furniture we selected would fit under the window.  I believe that in order for a project to run smoothly, it is vital that everyone stays in contact with each other to avoid unpleasant surprises along the way. 

Although we rarely work with general contractors, Jason is considered the furniture contractor.  His subcontractors are the furniture installers, and they are in constant contact with the company.  They are a direct reflection of the company, so it is very important that we work very closely with them to make sure they understand how the products should be installed and if there are any special instructions from project to project. 

Since I began working with Mainspace Office Solutions, I have worked with other disciplines on nearly a daily basis.  Whether it is calling on the architect like I mentioned before or contacting our sales rep with questions about products, it is a necessity to maintain a close relationship with everyone in the industry to succeed. 

Thanks for checking in!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Is it just me, or is it super hot out there?

Hey y'all.  I don't know about where you are, but it is HOT in Hattiesburg!  If this is any indication of what to expect in July/August, then I think we are all in for a trip!  I have been spending most of my time inside (minus measuring the building for my research paper floor plan.)  After finishing up the renderings for the College of Nursing, I had to make a few modifications.  And, I have to say, I am very pleased with the final products.  We are meeting with the clients again next week to discuss the layouts.  Hopefully we will be good to go and can accurately quote the project!

Jason also told me yesterday that he and I are going to take a trip to Stennis Space Center sometime next week, and that I am going to be introduced as the Interior Designer!  The main focus of the meeting is choosing indoor plants and planters, so I am definitely going to have to learn as much as I can about that topic so I can confidently sell some products!  I have been communicating with the guy from Stennis in charge of the project, but I am still a little nervous to meet him face-to-face.  But, I plan to be so educated on the topic when we go that he will think I specialize in choosing plants.  Haha!

I can't believe that I am already over half way finished with my internship!  It has been such a great learning experience for me so far, and I still have so much time left to learn.  Jason plans on hiring me as a part time worker after the internship is over, so I will be working for him after class next semester.  I am excited to continue to grow in this area of Interior Design!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What I'm Doing Now

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,

I hope everyone is enjoying their "Hump Day."  I finished up my portion of the renderings for the College of Nursing project.  I am still learning our new program, so it was a challenge getting the software to do exactly what I wanted it to.  Here are two of the spaces I rendered.  What do you think?

It was a learning experience for sure, but I am so glad that I am broadening my software knowledge.  I am also learning how to research the answers to questions since my boss isn't always in the office. 

The new software we are using is from Project Matrix.  For this project, I had to draw the furniture in Project Workspace then render it using Project Render.  It was a little difficult at first, because you have to apply materials layer by layer.  Once the material is on the layer, you can't see that it applied until you render it.  However, once I got the hang of it, I was able to render the rooms as fast as my computer would complete them.

As of right now, the College of Nursing is my biggest project that I am working on.  Every day, Jason will bring me small tasks to complete.  Today, I had to look for LED lights that would be used as a  back light for resin panels on a custom reception station.  There are some really neat products out there!  I was also assigned the task of finding planters for a project that he is working on.  I will continue to look, because everything I have found is contemporary, but the client wants something more traditional/transitional.  I know it is out there, I just have to find it!


Friday, June 12, 2015

NeoCon Blues

I'm feeling a little bummed out today.  I'm not positive if my mood is because of the nasty South Mississippi weather or the fact that Jason just left for NeoCon in Chicago.  I'm pretty sure it's because of my jealously.  But, I guess somebody has to stay here and hold down the fort. 

I have been given some tasks to complete for next week, so I'm definitely going to be busy while he is out.  I am going to finish up the renderings for College of Nursing and hopefully present them to the clients when he gets back.  I am trialing a new software for the company, so I'm getting really good at watching video tutorials and applying them! 

I also have to find LED lights for one of our clients' custom-made reception stations.  I'm not very familiar with the different lighting companies, but I have a feeling I am about to learn a lot!  Hopefully, the information I gather will help me on next semester's hotel project.  I would LOVE to use lighting for visual interest!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Mainspace Office and the Market

Hey everyone!  Sorry for a late post, but this week has been pretty busy for me!  I am trying to finish up a few small projects, but I don't even know where to start.  I finally had a chance today to sit down and quiz Jason about Mainspace Office and its market. 

Mainspace Office Solutions is a local company that mainly serves the South Mississippi region.  Right now, we are working on projects on the Gulf Coast and at Stennis Space Center.  As I mentioned before, we have multiple projects in varying design phases at USM, with the College of Business being the one nearest completion.

When possible, Jason tries to do business with local companies.  Being a local business owner himself, he understands the amount of support smaller companies need to survive.  However, all of the furniture lines that Mainspace carries are American-based, therefore, most of the products are made in America (United States and Canada.)  As a result of carrying American-based lines, Jason does not personally deal with cultural and socio-economic design differences in his day-to-day activities. 

I know this is a short post, but I hope it will help give a better understanding of what type of market Mainspace Office Solutions serves.  Check back in a couple of days with more exciting updates!


Friday, June 5, 2015

A Promise is a Promise

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to visit the installation at the College of Business.  So, as I promised, I have some pictures for y'all to see!  I just thought it was beautiful before, but now that furniture is being added, it's even better!  That just proves to me that interior design matters and that even the smallest changes can make such a HUGE impact.

Of course, no Southern Miss building is complete without Seymour!  This life-sized bronze eagle statue is in the lobby of Scianna Hall.

These two rooms are faculty offices.  These pieces are from Indiana Furniture, a line that we carry here at Mainspace.  Each faculty member was given the choice of their color scheme, either orange or lime green.  The pictures don't do these pieces justice, but the dark wood grain laminate was an awesome contrast against the white laminate accents!

This space was interesting.  The room is L-shaped, so Jason worked with the School of Business to maximize the use of the space.  The solution was perfect.  When guests enter the room, they immediately see this desk, which will be tended by a student worker (jealous! What student wouldn't want to work at this beautiful wood veneer desk?!)  Around the corner, there is a 10-person conference table that can transform to suit any type of meeting from casual to formal.  Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the conference table, but take my word for it, it's beautiful!

The furniture from our business was the only furniture installed this week, but there is still lots of great things to come!  I plan on visiting again next week, and if it looks this good already, I can only imagine what I will see next week!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hey y'all!

Now that summer is in full swing, I hope everyone is enjoying their much needed time off.  This is my first full week in the office, so I have been pretty busy so far.  This week, my main goal is to finish the renderings for the College of Nursing.  Although the renderings that I am personally producing are going to be done using Revit, I have had to set up the drawings in AutoCAD to send to the furniture rep.  That is where my "internship challenges" begin.  The main challenge I have faced so far is remembering how to use AutoCAD versus Revit.  It's actually a lot harder to remember than I thought it would be!  However, I am getting used to it.  I have watched multiple YouTube tutorials, so that has helped me remember a lot!  I am also very thankful for all of the help Jason has given me so far.  Since he has worked using primarily AutoCAD for a few years now, he has been able to remind me little things that I have forgotten about the program.  Although he is a furniture dealer/salesperson rather than a designer, he has been the main space planner for the company.  I think he is enjoying having me around to work on small projects, and I am enjoying being here to help him out!

I am beginning to build a list of contacts, and so far all of the reps that I have had to call on have been really helpful.  One of them is even coming early for his Thursday meeting so he can meet me and help show me a few things! 

I haven't had a chance to see the School of Business yet, but from what I hear, the furniture installation is going great.  I will probably invite myself for a tour next time Jason goes!  Until then, I will keep on keeping on.  Check back soon!