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Restoration: Nearing the Finish Line

The final chapter of Axiom’s 14-year run within the art deco-style Clark & Courts Building (est. 1936), a Houston landmark at 1210 West Clay St., is underway.

The transition to another landmark building, the original Fire Station No. 6 at 1702 Washington Ave., began in December when Axiom president Tom Hair obtained a temporary certificate of occupancy from the City of Houston. He met with an executive from ION Geophysical, the first client meeting held at the historic station. A construction crew continued to finish painting, placing wall-size black-and-white images of FS6’s original firefighters, and installing fixtures as Axiom went about its business in Fire Station No. 6 seamlessly.

On Friday morning at 1210 West Clay, several stacks of red plastic containers arrived for transporting files, equipment and other Axiom possessions to its new landmark home. While the move represents an exciting time for Tom Hair and his staff, there moving process itself poses a number of logistical challenges.

After more than a dozen Axiom employees consumed pizza and salad at lunchtime, they remained alert enough to heed Hair’s instructions for a methodical transition to Fire Station No. 6. Comptroller Darryl Terrell and project manager Matt Schott took notes on making the move happen smoothly. Moving labels and tape were gathered together for the move as individual staffers organized their possessions without hindering their projects in progress.

On Monday, Axiom staffers Laura Hughey and Ashley Hernandez stuffed hundreds of envelopes with moving notices.

Meanwhile, Axiom’s destination, Fire Station No. 6, had empty offices and cubicles waiting to be occupied. Plus, the station’s much-anticipated fire pole almost ready to go.

The final phases of Axiom’s move began with packing this past weekend. The second phase – the transport part – is expected to take place this week. The target date for Axiom’s new address to take effect is Monday, Feb. 27.

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