Construction began. It was time to clean up the space, tear down walls, add ceiling lights, and build restrooms and showers. This quickly got expensive. It also took longer than expected.
The old adage of “take what you think it will cost and double it” proved more than true. Construction is not cheap. Nor is buying gym equipment. We were scratching our heads wondering how it would all work on our small budget.
This is where God showed up and made the budget work.
Blessing #1 was a dear friend who provided his architectural services for the loft space and bathrooms. He knew all the ins and outs of construction, city codes, etc. He was our wise mentor (and shoulder to cry on) in the great unknown. He also got a construction company to partner with us. They needed office space and we needed construction. So a deal was made! Included in our lease was an office space next to the warehouse. The construction company fronted the cost of the construction in exchange for free office rent for two years.
Blessing #2 was a kind man that popped in during one of our open house events. A few days later he reached out to us through a private Facebook message asking if we needed a plumber and that he would be willing to offer his services free because he felt God leading him to do so. This was a miracle because we ran out of money to hire a plumber and finish out the bathrooms. He stayed late for many nights working in our studio installing all the plumbing (after he worked a full day’s shift).
Blessing #3: our athletes that showed up to help tear down walls, clean, paint, etc. Even after all these years, they still show up to help any time we have a studio improvement project.
Blessing #4: The day we bought gym equipment happened to be Black Friday. During this sale of the year, we went out to a local dealer to buy our equipment. This saved us a ton of money! The timing couldn’t have been more miraculous!
These are just a few (of many) examples of how people showed up to help us during this time. Also, if you feel led to help someone, go for it. If not for people helping us, Alamo 180 would not be in existence today. It takes a village.