Testing of the anchorages at the roof level unveiled no surprises, and we’ve received our annual certification. (Good news so we can continue with our planned window washing efforts for the next year.)We expect with cooperative weather, the exterior curtain wall inspections will wrap up this week.
As approved by the PTCA Board of Directors at the September 12th, 2022 Board Meeting, the Association’s architectural/engineering team with Wiss Janney Elstner, Inc. are expected to complete an exterior inspection of the windows and sealants. This will be accomplished via swing stage which will drop from the roof. Scaffolding will be placed below for protection. The purpose of this inspection is to evaluate the condition and health of the window sealants, which were installed 12 years ago as recommended by the sealant manufacturer and engineers at the time of installation.
They will also inspect the windows and metal frames and panels for any obvious compromises.
The permit is pending and the weather is as always a big unknown, but all things being presently considered on Thursday October 20th, a crew will install a swing stage at the roof level, and conduct the inspection on the days that follow. Three are expected, with a fourth or more dependent on their findings. We tentatively expect drops along the ’02/’04 tiers, the ’06/’07 tiers and the ’10/’11 tiers. They may do more or shift drops, depending on what they observe.
Each day inspections are conducted 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 exactly, 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, but if they 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.)
We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding while this important work is completed. Feel free to share any questions at email@example.com.