When old was new

1 year ago

Thought it would be fun to show you guys what 636 looked like when we were remodeling it into the studio that you grew to know. I first found 636 when I was looking at a building next door. I wandered around, unimpressed by the space but then saw this fenced in non-descript building next door and almost immediately felt a connection to it, even though it was a hideous mustard color.


Finding the right location for a move has always been a six month process at least. You have to have a lot of vision to see what a space could be versus what it is when you tour it. 636 was an empty facility owned by a cement company. We bought it and started the six month process of renovating it. Here's some images of what it looked like before we started construction:

This is the upstairs looking all the way to the back wall. This is before we built the massive wall that divided the studio from everything else. Also, there was no central staircase. The building was basically the lobby and a huge open warehouse.

Here's the upper deck looking into what would become Matt's office and my office (and later Joel's). The exit sign is over what would become the Left4Dead door.

And here's the warehouse looking forwards. Notice the stylish siding and the utility staircase leading up to the loft. Absolutely none of this was air conditioned.

Here's the lobby looking into Achievement Hunter and the conference room. On the left you can see a reception desk that used to sit in front of double doors leading to the warehouse.

Here's that reception desk. This became the hallway leading to the stairs from the lobby. The alcove on the left became part of that bathroom.

Here's a view from the second floor of the big wall going up. It had to be fire proofed to city code which required three sheets of drywall on each side. It was the most expensive part of the construction process.

Here's the staircase being built. At one point we were going to have to put in an elevator, but we expanded the sound booth by ten square feet and fell just under the requirement necessary to do that. Otherwise we would have had another enormous expense and significant loss of square footage.

The rest of our photos are slow steady progress to the place we called home for three years. It's difficult to imagine where we will be in three more.

On that note, I leave you with this last video of Geoff walking around touring the nearly completed building. Some of his 'this will be here, that will be there' comments are a little off, so don't get confused as our plans changed (like make up and green screen). Achievement Hunter fans will particularly enjoy his comments about his future office.

On to bigger and better things!

Comments (223)

  • jakattak


    10 months ago

    This is so bittersweet. I'm glad that you guys moved into a bigger office, but seeing the old office being taken apart makes me so sad inside.

  • MichiMuMu


    1 year ago

    i actually almost cried because of how much work was put into 636
    636 is very special to all of us

  • Ghostoncoast


    1 year ago

    I miss the old office now that I've gotten a look at what the new one is like on the inside. Just a bunch of plywood walls dividing a massive sound stage into large cubicles WITH NO CEILINGS and no windows. I know you guys desperately needed the space but the new place just isn't as homey and warm as 636.

  • Staevan


    1 year ago

    I don't know how to respond.

  • D3V1LMAN1204


    1 year ago

    I love Geoff's comment about the AH office being a really BIG office! lol

  • SomeKindofCaveDemon


    1 year ago

    Very cool to see it like this! You're right--it absolutely did look like a Left 4 Dead 2 location at first.

  • TheBird956


    1 year ago

    I look at all this and it really makes me want to start my game development studio right now. I must wait!

  • forGENiUS


    1 year ago

    I have to believe that the reason for why I, along with all of the other fans, hold 636 in the highest level of outsiders-looking-in nostalgia that we do is because of the fairly recent introduction of RT Life and Behind The Scenes videos. Back in the Congress office we got to know all of the rooms solely through RT Shorts (..the first two seasons will always be the best haha), however the videos from 636 allowed us to enter the day to day of what it'd be like at Rooster Teeth and we all loved it. We knew the entire layout of 636, even the annex, without even stepping foot in there.

    I can't wait to see what new virtual experiences the new office will bring, but judging from the newest AHWU alone haha, I can't wait

    Post edited 4/28/14 7:51PM

  • StephenBRV


    1 year ago

    Got a little teary eyed watching this and I am not completely sure why haha.

    • forGENiUS


      1 year ago

      haha what I just wrote about right after this comment of yours is why I'd imagine. It's kind of like a familiar family home

  • FrostyTAG


    1 year ago

    Wow thats awesome