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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

posted Dec 21, 2018, 10:00 AM by Louis Rodriguez   [ updated Dec 21, 2018, 10:05 AM ]
Merry Christmas from everyone at Rodriguez!
We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year.

The story of our 2018 Christmas card is an interesting one... 

One of our most exciting projects in 2018 was performing building documentation and land surveying services of Building 640 in the Philadelphia Navy Yard, featured on the front of the card. Rodriguez’s geospatial team efficiently and accurately utilized 3D laser scanning technology to document this historic, four-story, building which included the building facade, window and door openings, rooms, hallways, stairwells, elevator shafts, and mechanical rooms.  We also utilized conventional land surveying equipment and techniques to tie multi-floor interior and exterior laser scan data sets together and generated an accurate and detailed seamless point cloud of the entire building and surrounding site that was used by the project architect for design purposes. 

After reviewing a number of project photos from 2018, Lou centered in on the photo at the bottom right that was taken outside of Building 640 on a gorgeous summer day while our geospatial team was inside the abandoned building working under much more challenging conditions. Lou crudely sketched up an idea of a winter scene at Building 640 (see photo second from the bottom) and threw his idea over to graphic designer and artist extraordinaire, Valerie Lang, of Sundew Designs.   Valerie has created numerous pieces of artwork out of Rodriguez project photos for years.  You can see how Valerie's creative mind can produce beauty out of Lou's crazy ideas in the two images at the top. The final one serves as the cover of our 2018 Christmas card. 

Built between 1919 and 1942, Building 640 is located in the Philadelphia Navy Yard and was once utilized as a barracks for U.S. Marines who guarded the facility. This historic building is a contributing feature to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Historic District and is on the National Register. The building was closed by the Navy in 2000 and there are plans to convert it into a 230-room four-star hotel.