Mar 31, 2015

JOB OPENING / OFFICE WIZARD

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We're looking for someone to help us part-time with the administrative side of things in the office.  This includes tasks related to invoicing, financial record-keeping, project scheduling, insurance, employee resources, potential projects, and, with the right skillset, marketing as well. Anticipated workload is 16hrs/wk with possibility of more hours if marketing is part of job too. Job description below.  If you're interested please send your resume to Lucy at lucy@thoughtbarn - or send this on to someone you think might be! 

Office Wizard Job Opening

The following qualifications are desirable:
- Interest in architecture, design and construction.
- Good organizational skills, both analog and digital.
- Proficiency with Word and Excel.
- Proficiency with Quickbooks, or desire to learn.
- Good communication skills, both written and verbal.
- Ability to take initiative/self-direct.
- Knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator and website management a plus.

Job Duties

Potential Projects
- Manage incoming inquiries about potential projects (emails, client calls, meeting scheduling).
- Assist directors in putting together contracts for new projects.

Financial/Record-Keeping
- Send and follow-up on invoices to clients.
- Assist book-keeper in compiling receipts/invoices.
- Collect timesheets from employees and maintain project reports tracking hours, income and expenses.
- Work with directors and CPA to files taxes, ensure state and federal tax requirements are met.
- Deposit incoming checks to bank and assist in handling subcontractor/consultant payments.
- Assist directors in running payroll and managing related paperwork.

Scheduling
- Help directors manage weekly schedules and appointments.
- Organize occasional work travel arrangements for directors.

Maintenance
- Keep office clean, organized and stocked with stationary / water / supplies.

Employees/Subcontractors
- Manage incoming resumes from candidates seeking work, set up meetings where appropriate.
- Ensure we have w-9 information from subcontractors and consultants.

Insurance
- Document all office valuables, keep records for insurance.
- Manage paperwork requirements to keep insurance current.
- Periodically review insurance plans (health, liability, workers comp) and work with agent to research alternatives.

Marketing (optional)
- Keep a calendar of upcoming RFQ and award deadlines
- Put together press packets, award submissions, RFQ applications for various projects.
- Upload project photos, text, blog updates to website, social media.

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Nov 09, 2014

WORKS IN PROGRESS / "CREEK SHOW" + HIGH WATER MARK

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Preparations are underway at the studio for the installation this week of ‘High Water Mark’, Thoughtbarn’s contribution to “Creek Show”, an event organized by Ingrid Spencer and the Waller Creek Conservancy.  Five local designers from Austin will be creating light-based temporary artworks in and around the creek as an initiative to bring people to the area and propel public interest in its future development.  The opening night is on Thursday 13th Nov and the exhibition will be up through Sunday 16th November to coincide with the East Austin Studio Tour.  Thursday’s event includes happy hour at Easy Tiger, a DJ set on Sabine St and a musical line-up at Empire Control Room.  The installations are located between 5th and 8th St bridges and will be on display all night. More information on the event can be found at the Creek Show website, Culture Map and Texas Architect.

Thoughtbarn’s installation, High Water Mark, is a manifestation of an invisible line that will soon be erased – Waller Creek’s 100-year floodplain (an area with a 1% probability or greater of flooding annually). Thanks to the vast new Waller Creek stormwater bypass tunnel, 28 acres of downtown will be newly opened up for redevelopment. The idea of High Water Mark is to make visible a fragment of this disappearing floodplain with a 50’ long installation of electroluminescent wire inspired by hydrological flow patterns.  Suspended above the creek under the 7th St bridge, visitors are invited to imagine the area under extreme flood conditions while enjoying the chance to see illuminated the (usually hidden) spectacular double curvature stonework of the bridge.

Since the historic status of the bridge prevents us from hanging anything from it, the wire will be elevated on a delicate steel framework secured to the creek bed instead.  Jon Davidson and Connor Finn have been fabricating the frame in Jon’s shop this week, with parts laser-cut by Austin Water Jet.  Andrei will be soldering the EL wire and a team will be taking it in several pieces to the site to install.  It remains to be seen who’ll brave getting in the water for the task!

This has been an unusual, invigorating opportunity to work closely with colleagues in the local design community on the conceptualizing of the event as a whole, as well as our individual piece.  Conversations began almost two years ago and we’re intrigued to see everything come together later this week.  Thanks to Murray Legge, Baldridge Architects, Design Workshop and Jason Sowell, as well as Ingrid Spencer, the Waller Creek Conservancy and Pentagram, for the collaboration!

Please join us for what promises to be a unique Austin event!

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Aug 26, 2014

YMCA COMMUNITY GARDEN / SXSW ECO FINALIST

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We're delighted that the North Austin Community Garden has been shortlisted as a finalist for the SXSW Eco 'Place By Design' competition.  The award celebrates "breakthrough ideas in the reinvention of public space".  We were selected along with fourteen other finalists from a pool of applicants around the world. Winners will be announced on October 7th 2014 at the SXSW Eco Awards at the Austin Convention Center.

The garden was, and continues to be, a labor of love for many different people and organizations.  A big thank you and congratulations to all our project partners including Art in Public Places, YMCA of Austin, Sustainable Food Center, the City's Sustainable Urban Agriculture program, John Hart Asher of the Ladybird Wildflower Center and, of course, the Garden Leadership Group, led by the tireless Sharon Mays.  

The dedicated Thoughtbarn team, past and present, consisted of Andrei Klypin, Kate Nichols and Kyle Norman, with support from Brian Carville and Kaziah Haviland.  The project was built with the help of talented craftsmen Connor Finn, Rhys Andersen, Shane Riley, Jimmy Rittenberry, Jon Davidson (DoeFabCo) and Ann Armstrong (Ann-Made), as well as DeLara Landscaping and Native Irrigation.  We also couldn't have done it without the help of over 100 volunteers who helped weave the sculptural fence and build garden beds on the community workdays, including an energetic crew from JE Dunn and Junior Girl Scout Troop 1210.  Eastside Lumber allowed us to stretch our budget further by giving us all the cedar boards at cost.

We think the project is a compelling example of how public art can help amplify the impact of community gardens - and hope this recognition provides momentum for more projects of this kind in the city!  More images of the garden can be seen here and a short documentary about the project by Flow Non-Fiction here.

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Mar 27, 2014

GRAND OPENING / YMCA COMMUNITY GARDEN

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A big day for the garden is fast approaching! The garden will be open for planting to those who have signed up for a plot this Saturday, March 29th, following a fun schedule of opening events. You are invited to join in on opening day festivities! The opening day event will begin at 11:30a with remarks from garden project leaders and a ribbon cutting. At 12:30, the YMCA will host a plant sale. The events will be wrapped up by an onsite gardening demo from 1:30-2.

Congrats to all those who have signed up for a garden plot! We are pleased to announce that all of the plots were sold out on the day they became available. If you were unable to obtain a plot but are still interested in being in the garden, you can look forward to many future garden events and ways to be involved.

Here’s a peak at the garden’s progress. Thanks to the help of many wonderful volunteers, the fence is complete! The toolshed is nearly ready.

Thanks again to all of the great volunteers who made it out to the community workdays. We couldn’t have gotten this far without you. We hope to see you in the garden soon!

 

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"... "It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...” - Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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Aug 08, 2013

GUERILLA SUIT_Phase Two Under Construction

We are half way through the Guerilla Suit World HQ. Here are some developement images of the screen wall we are currently working on. 

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We are half way through the Guerilla Suit World HQ. Here are some developement images of the screen wall we are currently working on. 

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