Re: [midatlanticretro] Update on museum / H-building move
- Evan Koblentz <evan@...> writes:
>Everyone,With gain comes pain.
>Fred gave me some new insight about how and when our computer museum
>could move out of its current hallway and into one of InfoAge's massive
>Our current exhibit space is approximately 1,200 square feet. Our
>current H-building storage space, which we'd like to use for the
>exhibits someday, is approximately 3,000 square feet.
>Fred says there's a decent chance (no percentage given) that by
>spring/summer next year we can move into that same H-building, but with
>our exhibits two sections down the hall, where we'd have somewhere
>between our current and future square footage.
>So, in theory, we could probably get around 2,000 square feet for the
>next major revamp of our exhibit space. That has several positive
>implications, and one bad one.
>The good: - We can display a lot more stuff! Examples: the complete
>UNIVAC; bigger variety of DEC and IBM minicomputers; another couple of
>dozen microcomputers, and some all-new exhibits. - All of our storage
>would be right down the hallway from all of our exhibits. No more
>schlepping computers outdoors and up/down stairs -- everything would be
>under one roof. - No more squeezing into tight spaces -- carts, pallet
>jacks, and InfoAge's forklift can easily move around inside the
>H-building. - Easier to put electrical power where we want it, and
>easier access to "big power" when necessary. - Fewer walls in the way,
>and more freedom to organize as we see fit. - More stuff on public
>display means LESS stuff in storage, and in turn our storage will be
>easier to organize. - We'll be contributing to InfoAge's success in two
>major ways: 1., by being the first official H-building tenants, and 2.,
>by vacating our old space, InfoAge can build its WW-2 exhibits in our
>The bad: - Moving everything from the old exhibits to the new ones will
>be hell! This will be a major job. We'll have to close the museum for a
>month or two, so that we can move without having visitors in the way.
>This probably will happen after next year's VCF. In order for it to
>happen pre-VCF, we would need Fred's go-ahead by February or March,
>which I don't think is realistic timing. But you never know .....