C R Y D E R P O I N T JANUARY 7 Continued from page 6 more cost-effective in the long run to proceed with complete demolition and replacement of all of the balconies throughout the property. The Board voted to proceed as recommended. And so Xinos got to work. The process Xinos followed was repeated over and over: demo; pour the cement; let the cement rest (“cure”) for a month; install the railings. Repeat with the next line of apartments, then the next building, and so on. This is a very basic explanation of the process but it gives you the gist. Xinos worked on the demolitions quickly, usually completely obliterating a terrace in two to three days. Of course when you’re living in what sounds like a battle zone, a couple of days feels like eons. The speed of reconstruction varied by building and apartment line, depending upon a number of variables. Naturally the weather usually played the biggest part, particularly when it came to the concrete. The outside temperature couldn’t be too hot or too cold in order to pour the new balcony foundations. When delays occurred for whatever reason, Xinos picked up the pace to compensate. Important to note is that in between steps, Merritt would check on each component to ensure all of the work met their and Department of Building safety specifications. As mentioned above, the plan from the get-go was for everything to be fully completed by the end of December, 2015. Everything was moving along on schedule…that is, until the very last lines of the 01 Building were slated to have their railings installed. It was then that Xinos saw that the railings for the A, B, G and H lines were delivered in the wrong size (it’s always something!). Greco, the company that has supplied all of the railings throughout the rebuild, fabricated new ones and delivered them in record time. The railings have been installed, and final engineering approval for residents’ access to the balconies is to be signed off on by January 8. Technically one week late. Not too shabby. As a reminder, please be assured that Xinos has a “punch list” of items that they will be taking care of. If you come across a concern regarding your balcony or terrace, please contact the Management Office immediately so that it can be addressed. New Balcony FAQ’s See page 8 www.qNS.com | JANUARY 2016 | CRYDER POINT Courier 7 Underneath: Steel conditions were very concerning. Complete rebuilding became the logical choice. Reconstruction: What a pain, but things had to get worse before they got better.
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