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Quicksilver Condominiums | Keystone, Colorado

Quicksilver Condominiums | Keystone, Colorado

Quicksilver Condominiums | Keystone, Colorado

Quicksilver Condominiums in Keystone, Colorado | SBSA INC.

With a four million dollar construction cost, Richard M. Sideroff, AIA, LEED AP | Senior Architect and Project Manager, along with SBSA’s New Design team designed the replacenebt of existing lap siding and trim, asphalt shingle roofs, existing aluminum-clad wood window, deteriorated exterior wall sheathing and wall framing. They also installed new weather-resistive barriers, cold roof and stone veneer wainscot on 9 buildings (including the existing pool building) and replaced wood deck railings with powder-coated aluminum railings at Quicksilver Condominiums in Keystone, Colorado.

Quicksilver Condominiums in Keystone, Colorado | SBSA INC.

Quicksilver Condominiums in Keystone, Colorado | SBSA INC.

Quicksilver Condominiums in Keystone, Colorado | SBSA INC.

Quicksilver Condominiums in Keystone, Colorado | SBSA INC.

Quicksilver Condominiums in Keystone, Colorado | SBSA INC.

Quicksilver Condominiums in Keystone, Colorado | SBSA INC.

 

 

Buena Vista Community | Boulder, Colorado

Buena Vista Community | Boulder, Colorado

Buena Vista | Boulder, Colorado

 

Issues: Water leaks, wind damage, structural damage and mold.

Located in north Boulder, Buena Vista was originally touted as a community of energy efficient starter properties. Unfortunately, the property had water leaks, wind damage, structural damage and mold. The exterior veneer was improperly constructed at terminations and penetrations. At each unit, the deck ledge, stair landing, roofing, and fenestrations interrupted the EIFS, creating direct pathways to the interior finishes. The SBSA staff was hired to provide analysis for the Home Owners Association’s from initial litigation analysis to recommend repairs. This investigation included intrusive testing, window performance testing, and site measurements. A mediation was held with the opposing experts, and the parties were able to agree on a settlement-based scope of repair.

SBSA was the Engineer of Record for the repair portion of this project and worked with the project contractor and Home Owners Association to identify cost saving options, consider design alternatives for the property, design the repairs, and provide quality assurance.

By streamlining the design and altering small details to eliminate unnecessary materials or labor, SBSA was able to keep design costs low and decrease the estimated cost of construction. SBSA then worked with the general contractor, focusing on training the subcontractors on the systems, materials, and proper installation. SBSA was able to decrease site observations and allow the HOA to rely on the contractors and subcontractors experience to continue the proper detailing.

Carriage Gate | Centennial, Colorado

Carriage Gate | Centennial, Colorado

Carriage Gate | Denver, Colorado

 

Issues: Civil, structural and building envelope

The construction issues that originally existed at this Centennial site included improper structural design and construction; civil engineering issues from asphalt roadway to backfill issues; building envelope problems including the improperly integrated barriers of the stucco systems; and window product failures. The homeowners were dealing with cracked sidewalks dis-elevated concrete flatwork, ice formation in courtyards, water intrusion into ceilings and basements, and structural movement. The original design incorporated interior courtyards with inadequate drainage that created ice flows and slip and fall hazards, as well as rotting the walls. The landscape featured stone retaining walls were falling into the streets and yards. The stucco façade was improperly constructed, leading to water intrusion into the wall systems. Once in the walls, the trapped water resulted in the deterioration of the exterior gypsum and damage to the interiors of the homes. The extent of the damage was not visible without full removal of the stucco systems.

Carriage Gate HOA and their attorney settled with the builder and entities responsible for the faulty non-performing construction. Shortly thereafter, they began the process of repairing their property.

The first step for the Carriage Gate HOA and its Board was selecting a qualified engineering firm who would not only provide design and quality assurance but helped provide the information necessary to obtain a qualified reconstruction contractor. SBSA’s staff was involved in advising the board regarding what qualifications to look for in a contractor during the selection process; provided the necessary guidelines when it came to the value engineering to be used to determine the order of repairs; and provided construction administration services including review of change orders, payments, and processing RFIs. SBSA’s staff worked diligently on behalf of the needs of the HOA for the entire design and construction process.

In August of 2010, Carriage Gate residents celebrated the complete repair of their homes with the engineers, contractors, and homeowners they’d worked with and to repair their development. SBSA congratulates Carriage Gate on completion of the project from the onset of the litigation to the solutions of the repairs.

Chamberlin Heights | Denver, Colorado

Chamberlin Heights | Denver, Colorado

Chamberlin Heights | Denver, Colorado

 

Located on Colfax in the heart of Denver, just blocks from City Park, Chamberlin Heights is a multi-use condominium complex with retail space on the first floor. SBSA became involved in the construction defect litigation case in 2006. The issues at Chamberlain included building envelope defects, such as improper flashing, missing weep screeds, poor stucco application, and improper lapping of the building paper. There were drainage problems across the plaza decks and site grading, causing moisture to penetrate through the parking garage, leaving efflorescence on the concrete walls and dripping onto cars. Areas of the roof were not flashed correctly or integrated with the surrounding moisture-management system. The sound performance was also below homeowner expectations, code minimums, and industry standards; original marketing and sales contracts indicated quiet, luxury performance.

After settlement  SBSA was selected as the engineer of record and designed the repairs, oversaw the construction, and performed construction administration duties. Reconstruction Experts was selected as the contractor.

Through the Feasibility Study and Pre-Construction stages, SBSA and Reconstruction Experts worked together to identify the most critical repair scopes and best apply the settlement funds to the life-health safety and long-term performance of the property while still considering the residents’ expectations.

The final repair provides a functioning structure and building envelope with a complete site drainage system. Remaining items were addressed through a thorough reserve study and repair deferment. Construction was completed in 2011.

SBSA can perform a Feasibility Study to organize your repair items in order of importance to maximize health, life, safety, and durability of your property based on your available funding. Based upon the findings of the Feasibility Study, we work with you to determine the level of design needed and the suitable level of repair to accomplish solutions to your property.

Swallow Hill Condo Association | Denver, Colorado

Swallow Hill Condo Association | Denver, Colorado

Swallow Hill Condo Association | Denver, Colorado

 

Issues: Problems with integrations and flashings of brick facade.

SBSA staff provided expert engineering for the developer and builder during the litigation phase, which occurred concurrently with the performance testing and repair phase.

Swallow Hill Condominium includes 2 buildings: one 4-story, one 7-story. Reconstruction included completely deskinning two condos, and working with the original contractor to fix masonry problems with the original construction. End dams, flashings, and weeps were added to the brick facade so the system could manage and discharge water.

SBSA was involved in the full design of the façade repairs, which included de-skinning two buildings (4 and 7 stories) of the attached brick veneers stucco and underlying weather-resistive barriers. The design included analysis and replacement detailing for product issues related to doors and the integration of the fenestrations and balconies with façade and waterproofing materials. Additionally, SBSA experts performed construction oversight on behalf of the original developer.