How many people does it take to move 3500 pounds of metal out of a basement? A lot, plus a large flatbed with a power winch.
The Press at Colorado College is moving out of the basement of Jackson House to space next to Taylor Theater. The new space provides improved access for students and community users as well as better facilities for this unique resource. The move began this week, led by Will Wise and Rick Greene from Facilities and a crew from Bailey‘s Moving. After taking part of a wall down in Jackson House and installing a ramp, the crew moved a flatbed truck in with a heavy duty winch to pull the presses out of the basement. This includes the Vandercook Universal IV pictured here, which weighs in at 3500 lbs. It was a delicate operation. The five presses could not be disassembled as there are factory-set tolerances to the .001" that are important to preserve. Type is cast to be .918" high and any variance to press tolerances will negatively affect the quality of a print. After moving the presses, the movers started the process of packing up and moving 500 cases of lead type. It will take some time for CC’s Printer, Colin Frazer, to get everything organized, but he hopes to be working with classes again by Block 2. Stay tuned for a grand opening celebration.
This isn't new (the date on the YouTube page is December 12, 2007) but we just noticed this short film by YouTube user Precariousvicarious about the Press at Colorado College. It features a nice interview with Colin Frazer.