The good news is – and we are pleased to report – for the one drop that’s been completed, the engineers did not identify any substantial problems with the sealants and the curtain wall. Obviously we will be awaiting their formal report for all the detail, but so far nothing troubling has been found.
However, and unfortunately they’ve only completed on tier. The weather has not cooperated with the inspection effort, but the engineers will continue on weekdays when conditions allow. For the safety of the workers, drops are not completed when there are high winds and/or precipitation
WATCH FOR THOSE ROPES – If you see the ropes coming down outside or near your unit, you can anticipate the swing stage to go by at some point.
As approved by the PTCA Board of Directors at the Board Meeting on Monday September 14th, the Association’s architectural/engineering team with Wiss Janney Elstner, Inc. are gearing up to conduct an exterior inspection of the windows outside the above listed units next week. The purpose of this inspection is routine, to determine the condition and health of the window sealants, which were installed 10 years ago. This was recommended by the manufacturer and engineers at the time of installation.
They will also inspect the windows and metal frames and panels for any compromises.
On Monday October 12th, a crew will install a swing stage at the roof level, and on the days that follow the engineers will choose sections of the building to perform sample drops on. Their findings and observations will ultimately determine where they perform drops, but we are tentatively requesting drops along the ’02/’04 tiers, the ’08/’09 tiers and the ’11/’12 tiers. They may do more or even shift the drops, depending on what they see.
Each day when inspections are to be conducted (FOR SAFETY this is highly weather dependent), between 9am and 5pm, we expect a swing stage will make its way up with the inspection team, from the bottom at the lobby level, continuing from the 3rd floor all the way up to the 55th floor. When completed, toward mid to late afternoon, the stage will be moved to prep the next planned location.
WHERE THEY BEGIN – which tier and location, is extremely dependent on weather. So, if you see ropes, you will know to expect workers at some point.
They expect to go by most units very quickly. Due to the sealants relatively young age, we do not expect many problems, but if they do find an issue to address, the may stop for a closer look.
Some residents and owners report leaking around their windows from time to time. Fortunately, in all cases we have investigated in recent years, these leaks are not due to the actual sealants or penetrations of the exterior. Typical leaks have been found from condensation, AC drain pans and lines, and leaks from the “operable” windows. (Those are the windows which you can open.)