Metalmarkâ€™s climbing wall design is now complete. Mark Melvin, Touchstone's CEO says, "Our walls in Fresno are the best weâ€™ve ever built -thereâ€™s not a bad line in the gym." In a unique collaborative effort, Mark worked on-site full time with a brilliant design team:
Mark Benkert- a 20 year veteran wall builder, artist, and sculptor, who thrives on model-less see-how-it-works building
Simon Benkert- who might be one of the best climbers in America if he didnâ€™t like weldingso much.
Tom Ramier- also a veteran wall builder who says itâ€™s the funnest job you could ever have.
Mark Benkert headed the construction of a model inspired by the design of famous climbing and wall designer Christian Griffith. The team thought about the placement of every stick of steel. "Weâ€™ve done things weâ€™ve never done in a Touchstone gym before, with curves, corners, edges â€“ itâ€™s going to be brilliant and unlike anything else in California." says Melvin. "What weâ€™re learning here will shape how we do things for our future gyms."
The opening is still a couple months hence but will be completed soon.
The Facebook page for Metalmark is the best place to stay up-to-date with photos and news for the newest Touchstone gym.
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