The ’02/’04 High Zone Riser Project is wrapping up, but on its heels, at the end of May, we’ll be beginning the ’14/’15 Low Zone Riser Project. Work will continue through early July. Residents between the 3rd and 29th floors will see workers coming and going from the ’14 and ’15 units as their kitchen riser is being replaced.
Also, we’ll begin our project to remodel the health club washrooms and locker rooms around mid-May. Demo is actually expected to begin Monday May 15th. The project may take about 7 to 9 weeks once it gets underway. During the course of that project, we also hope to replace our pool liner. There will be times when access to the health club will be limited, and we expect the pool to be closed for about 4 weeks once work gets underway.
While work is underway, there will be noise during business hours. Typical construction noise, drilling, pounding, grinding may be heard in the lobby, mall, commercial suites and lower floors in the tower. It will probably be the heaviest and worst during the first week beginning May 15th. Demo is always the loudest part.
ALSO, we will be completing masonry repairs and tuckpointing on the North and East exposures of the building. That is expected to begin within a couple weeks weather permitting. Between now and then, our team will be sitting down with the contractor to review a timeline. Traffic in our driveway and around to the back dock will be impeded, and parking for unloading and loading in the back may be inconvenient at times when workers are present. Once we have a timeline, we will share it with residents.
Also outdoors, we will begin phased replacements of planter liners on our roof deck. First up, the two North and Easternmost planter liners will be replaced. This is the ‘serpentine’ shaped planter immediately on the left as you walk out on to our 2nd floor roof deck, the round planter with the tree in the middle all the way at the East end of the deck. Both these planters have had problems with leaking and irrigation over the past year. Sadly, we will be saying goodbye to some of our trees. We have been advised some are so big, they could be causing some of our planter issues. But, there is no other way to do the work we need to do than to remove them.
Back inside, through the lobby, mall, 2nd floor, 1p, 2p and garage, workers will be upgrading our Security System. Every camera in the building and its wiring is being replaced, as we overhaul the analog/digital mishmash we have now, to a more state of the art digital HD system. Cameras are also being added in a few locations, mostly in the health club, garage and a couple locations in the mall, for better protection and to improve coverage of critical areas. This process is also expected to begin in May, and May take about 60 days to complete.
The key fob system is also being upgraded, but we expect minimal interference with how you enter the security doors. We are changing the software we use, and when that is done we expect a window of time during business hours when the readers will be down. Once we know the dates, notice will be posted and we will coordinate with the staff to help make sure everyone is able to get in and out as needed. Fortunately, the fob data is compatible with the new software, so there should be no need to replace fobs or reprogram them.
In the garage, the emergency fire doors will be replaced. You would recognize these by the big silver protective enclosures which are located at key thresholds throughout the garage, to help prevent the spread of smoke and flames in the event of a fire or explosion. These have been ordered, but are custom made so it may be several weeks before this project can begin in earnest. We are planning to do the bulk of the installation work overnight, to minimize the interference with traffic coming through these thresholds.
Coming down the pipe? Replacement of our main roof is schedule for this budget year. The Association is reviewing bid specifications, and is gearing up to put the project out to bid. Originally scheduled for mid-summer, this project is now expected to take place toward the beginning of fall to accommodate additional work we now expect to do to improve our safety tie-back system. To learn more about this, read our Post Meeting Roundup For April 24th.
Our team will work as hard as possible to minimize inconvenience to our residents and keep you informed throughout the process. It is ultimately our goal to maintain a positive living experience and protect owners investments in Park Tower. These projects are aimed at improving security, residents well being, and making needed repairs to our infrastructure. We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding while work is underway, and apologize in advance for any headaches you might experience as a result.
Feel free to write me with any questions or concerns, just shoot us an e-mail.