Friday, January 16, 2009
On being a magnet for f-cked up projects
I am member of the consultant team hired to resurrect a large building project near Kever Benjamin City. Originally, the place housed a car factory, and as the city advanced, it was moved out. Fishman, one of our tycoons (he lost 500 million dollars in a speculation against the Turkish lira, but he didnt lose his optimism), bought the place and started an enormous mall, industry and office buiding. Only the firefighting reservoir is 500 cu m., like a small city. The management of the project was weak and the project lost its focus and fizzled. There is only one tenant in the 3rd floor under the ground. Now, after nine years (!) and countless changes in concept and management, the project is slowly starting to recover its vitality. Trying to orientate myself in the monstrous corridors of the building, I discovered that the contractor has been advancing and changing things without designs (!). The chief architect is expecting that after completing the building, he will receive an as made drawing, and then all will be right. I have to elaborate my own as is drawings and insert my design. For example, a need a compressor room for the pre-action sprinkler system, a detail no one foresaw nine years ago, and now I have to improvise. How is that anybody who has a f-cked up project finds me? I must be a magnet for these impossible jobs.