Splunking at the Museum

By Pat Saxton
Director

Well, that isn’t exactly what happened here at the TCNM…but close! We needed to replace the window in the “cave room” but no one had any idea how those “cave” panels were held together, and worse, held to the walls, and they had to come out to get at the window. What you have to imagine is the entire room is less than 6′ x 8′!

Disassembled cave pieces in the hallway. The Queens were not amused.
Disassembled cave pieces in the hallway. The Queens were not amused.

There had to be precise team work at all times trying to take large fiberglass “cave walls” out of this tiny room. Between AND Construction Project Manager Rene Carrillo, Joseph the carpenter, and Neil Saxton they broke the secret code and dismantled the cave walls.

Replacing the window was easy, but putting this massive cave wall puzzle back together wasn’t. The AND guys didn’t let us down. With a ship coming to port and museum visitors on the way, they worked diligently to put it all back together.

Joseph putting the cave pieces back together. It took patience and persistence.
Joseph putting the cave pieces back together. It took patience and persistence.

From the outside of the building you would never know there is a new hurricane resistant window and a new shutter. New things, made to look like original-that is why we love the AND Construction team!