Condominiums require both modernization and deferred maintenance after initial construction in order to last in the competitive world of rentals. That’s why any building restoration project should include more than just painting. One of our top clients asked us to attend a meeting of their board of directors to discuss painting their building for the first time since occupancy. One of the members joked that the building looked like “a hospital for the criminally insane,” and received equal amounts of laughter and applause. BE-CI offered to provide a rendering to show what could be done with color changes and was then commissioned to prepare construction contract documents for the approved plan.
As with all our deferred maintenance projects, we surveyed the outer building envelope for any other issues that should be addressed in the bid documents and found several. For instance, water runoff from the walkways had left dark stains along the beam face below the safety rails, so we used a new coating product designed to shed stains. We used silicone wet seals on window wall sections where gaskets had failed and leaks had been reported, and we designed concrete wall protection at the ground level where cars had repeatedly caused damage backing out of nearby parking spaces.
All BE-CI building restoration projects are unique, with different levels of complexity, and different client needs and budgets. We work very closely with our clients and offer a number of building restoration and repair alternatives. In this case, our documents included:
- Aesthetic design services to update the condo’s appearance and help attract potential renters
- Repairs or modifications for water damage repair
- Full contract administration including pre-qualifying bidders, creating uniform construction contract documents and technical specifications, and performing periodic quality assurance inspections
- Reviews and recommendations for pay applications and change orders
- Close-out documents including contract compliance and “punch list” inspections