In the later part of the 1980s, I worked in the buildings along the north end of Patrick Henry Drive that were all part of what had been Dysan before being acquired by Xidex (and that would later become Anacomp): 5100, 5200, 5440, 5201, and 5301 Patrick Henry Drive and the corner building at the intersection of Patrick Henry and Old Mountain View Road.
During this time, a certain 30sumtin transitioned away from custom machine designer to facilities coordinator, got his first experiences as a supervisor, and became initiated in the various environmental, health and safety issues confronting manufacturing operations.
Here were my first real experiences and exposures to manufacturing plant needs: natural gas, electricity, heating and cooling, heat exhaust, exhaust and abatement for air pollution control, waste water discharges, underground storage of chemicals (and associated ground and water contmaination from leaking storage tanks), hot water boilers and steam boilers, HVAC chillers and cooling towers, air compressors for clean dry air, hazardous waste generation, fire sprinkler systems, telephone and data systems, security systems, etc.
During this time I was introduced to Building and Fire Codes and local/regional/state/federal environmental and safety regulations; environmental permits; hazardous waste management; safety committees and accident investigations; and dealing with inspectors, regulators, and lawyers.
But my most memorable memory of this time period is of me standing on the corner of Patrick Henry and Old Mountain View Road shortly after the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake: standing still and alone, gazing north as the twilight faded. (Then the land north of here was nothing but undeveloped fields.) As darkness fell, I stared at the congestion of taillights trapped on eastbound Highway 237, which had become one huge parking lot moving at glacial speeds (and which would remain so for at least a couple of more hours) as simultaneously everyone in the Bay Area desperately tried to get home, agonizing all the while, fearful for the worst of what they might find when they got there, and desperately praying for the best.
The cache shouldn't pose any major difficulties.
Regarding this Been Here series: the series will probably grow to include:
Been Here: Walsh
Been Here: Elko and Reamwood
Been Here: Patrick Henry
Been Here: Pastoria
Been Here: East Java
Been Here: Osgood
Enjoy! And happy caching!