GCI Consultants, LLC, was retained by the construction manager to review shop drawings and submittals and conduct field water infiltration testing on the $45 million dollar renovation project at the Frenchman’s Reef Hotel in the St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.  The renovation included replacement of windows, doors and exterior wall elements.  Storm damage caused by Hurricane Marilyn in 1995 necessitated this extensive renovation.

The Challenge: The guestrooms contained in-swing or out-swing aluminum French doors.  Due to the mature of their design, it is very difficult to prevent water leakage through in-swing doors.  Accordingly, the doors failed the initial series of tests.

Services:  GCI worked with the aluminum French door manufacturer and construction manager to develop a new design for the sill to correct the water leakage problem.  Water testing also revealed water leakage through the perimeter caulking at the door sill and remedial base of the balcony walls.  GCI developed a remedial sealant procedure to correct the problem.

Results:  Field water infiltration tests confirmed that the repairs were effective and they were implemented throughout the project.