Many marriages and careers succumb to the famous “Seven Year Itch,” but buildings take about 40 years until they need a serious change.
Such is the case at Coconut Grove’s glamorous Yacht Harbour Condominiums, where CGI is helping to restore a historic building to its former glory. “Most building systems were designed to last about 40 years,” says one of CGI’s structural engineers, widely admired for its progressive design systems, has formalized that process with a required 40 year engineering re-certification.”
Yacht Harbour is a great example of why this rule is such a great idea, says GCI. “Beautiful buildings are getting the attention they need because of this requirement.” The job is so comprehensive that GCI has assigned a full time engineer to the project Yacht Harbour is currently being updated to compliant and serviceable condition, while receiving an aesthetic facelift that will serve it well for many years. GCI prepared plans and specifications for the project. This includes concrete remediation of the entire building, waterproofing of the plaza deck above the garage (including pool and planters), balcony guardrail repair and reinstallation, painting, waterproofing and sealing doors and windows. Jason Bondurant, P.E., is working with KW Property Management & Consulting to manage quality control and handling unforeseen problems in the field as they arise.
GCI notes the railings on the building’s balconies were of special interest. Originally designed by the prestigious architectural firm Pressler, the ornately detailed decorative concrete was beginning to fail, creating potentially unsafe conditions. GCI selected a high-end waterproofing agent to cover the new concrete work, which draws the water away completely and eliminates moisture problems. Now, the new railings maintain their historic character, but have modern day water protection that will serve the building well in its next 40 years.
GCI expects the project to be completed in late fall 2015.