Gavin Schermer – QC Co-Lab

Important Information about QC Co-Lab

Posted on September 19, 2021 by Gavin Schermer

As some of you might already know, the building currently occupied by QC Co-Lab has recently been sold from Eastern Iowa Community Colleges (EICC) to a local business owner, Bill Sheeder.  

Due to this change in ownership, there will be a number of changes happening at QC Co-Lab.  We, the board of directors, are working to mitigate as much disruption to the membership as possible, however, there will be some. Rent for the building has increased from $10.00 a year to $1,000.00 per month.  There are also several major building maintenance issues that will be expensive to fix, and it’s unclear how much of that will be QC Co-Lab’s responsibility.  Additionally, the new owner has expressed some plans to utilize parts of the building for his own purposes, which will include the front 1/3 of the upstairs, and we will no longer have use of the South Parking lot (across the alley).  The areas of the lab located in the front 1/3 are currently being relocated elsewhere in the building.

The QC Co-Lab board are currently exploring all options, however, the current situation is not sustainable due to the increase in cost and the reduction in space.  If you have any specific questions or would like to help problem solve the upcoming challenges to QC Co-Lab please do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected] .

With the reduction in space and our priority on trying to mitigate disruption to the membership, we have also put together a quick survey on how we utilize the space. Please take a second to fill this out!  

Additional information: Bill Sheeder, with his wife Stephanie Sellers, own the “Baked Beer & Bread Co.” restaurant in the Village of East Davenport.  They also own the “Cookies & Dreams” cookie company.  Bill Sheeder also owns the building immediately South of QC Co-Lab (the former kennel club building) and is renovating it to use as a storage & shipping facility for one of his businesses.  He initially stated that he purchased the building occupied by QC Co-Lab primarily to gain access to the South parking lot.  

QC Co-Lab 2021 Board of Directors

Shari Telman

Ben Ziegler

Ryan Weekly

Erika Schmidt

Bob Fitzgerald

Brian Schultz

Leonard Metallo


Project Labeling

Posted on July 24, 2021 by Gavin Schermer

We are a makerspace: we build, we design, we tinker and we create. And we LOVE to show off our projects! But sometimes we don’t know who something belongs to, or what’s being done, or maybe even don’t quite understand what a particular project IS. And sometimes there seem to be so many projects that there isn’t room to work.

To address these issues we have made new Project Label cards, they are available on the round table in the lobby. There are cards for projects “In-Process” and, cause we like to show off what we’ve done, there are “Completed Projects” label cards.

If you have an project in a Co-Lab COMMON area, please label it with one of these cards. Common, or public, areas are any areas that are not a privately rented office – lobby, wood shop, ceramic studio, restroom, etc. Basically, if there is something in a common area that is not Co-Lab property then it should have a Project Label card.

If you have any questions about these project label cards please contact [email protected]

(Equipment in common areas is a different topic – please contact [email protected] about a tool loan agreement for any privately owned equipment in common areas.)


Metal Recycling

Posted on May 18, 2021 by Gavin Schermer

Hey everybody! As an outgrowth of the Co-Lab cleanup last weekend, we have accumulated several piles and boxes of scrap metal in the Auto Shop.

First and foremost, members have first dibs. If you see something in one of those piles or boxes and know that it’s what you’ve always been dreaming of, please take it, and just drop some change in the donation jar on the lobby counter, whatever you feel it’s worth to you.

But since there’s probably more in that pile than we can all use in the foreseeable future, we’re going to send whatever’s left to Alter Scrap Metal for recycling. The best part? They will PAY Co-Lab $$$ for it!

Of course, we get the highest dollar if the metals are sorted by type. Alter has placed off a roll-off container (aka Dumpster) in the Gaines St cul-de-sac right outside the Auto Shop door. This container is for steel scrap. If a magnet sticks to the piece of scrap metal, then it’s steel and goes in that big container. If a magnet doesn’t stick, then it goes in one of the boxes in the auto shop. Those will get taken to Alter separately.

Lastly, Co-Lab has an account at Alter. If you ever want to “donate” scrap metal to benefit Co-Lab, just take the metal to Alter and tell the Alter staff to credit to the “QC Co-Lab” account.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!