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December Restoration Report #4 - Starlight Tower 

Starlight Tower, Inc.
7000 Beach Plaza
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706


RESTORATION PROJECT: STATUS REPORT (#4)
November 30th, Published December 3rd, 2008

As of the last Project report (in October), the tentative date for completion was listed as mid-January, 2009. In the weeks since that report was formulated, the Engineer and Contractors have been better able to estimate the time required to complete the repairs for all the additionally identified areas of damage found in the overhead joists and the east (street) side of the 8th floor stack. Also, an unanticipated complication relates to the “sloping” required for the walkways to ensure correct water drainage following the removal of the old river rock coating materials. Since the old materials which were removed were found to be thicker (3 – 4”) than originally thought, the replacement application of sloping material must be engineered for drainage and allowed to ‘set’ prior to applying the final waterproof coatings called for in our contract. As a result, our Project End Date is now set for the end of February, 2009.

There are two important points here to remind ourselves of, and these were both discussed at length in several Owner Informational Meetings held with the Engineers and prospective Contractors prior to the start of the project:
  • 1. Access to Units: Owners asked if they would be allowed access in and out of their units during the project. The answer was yes, except for the 3-4 day period when walkway coatings would be applied. It was made clear that Owners would be responsible for making alternate arrangements during this period.

  • 2. Scope of the Project: The Engineers noted that exact extent of damages requiring repair could not be identified until the asbestos, stucco and walkway coatings were removed. Therefore the contract contained “Unit Priced” elements for certain items (such as “concrete repair”), which would be billed based on actual work required, based on professional inspection and sounding of the revealed areas. The Engineers gave us an “estimate” for each item for budget purposes, but cautioned that actual damages found may be more than the estimate (which we have indeed found to be the case).
Since a major concern for Owners is the schedule for the walkway coating application, the Board has worked closely with the Engineer and Contractors to try and minimize the inconvenience, especially during the holidays.

 The following schedule has been established:
  • 9th Floor: week of 12/8/08
  • 8th Floor: week of 12/15/08
(Note: these 2 floors are our “test” floors – to see exactly how much sloping material is required, the ‘set’ time, and the waterproof coating time)
  • Floors 10, 7, 6 and 5: 1st or 2nd week of February, 2009.*
  • Floors 4, 3, 2, and 1: 2nd or 3rd week of February, 2009.*
*Note: These are tentative dates as delays related to weather conditions or other issues may occur. More exact information will be provided as we get closer to these dates.

Owners may choose to arrange their travel schedules to avoid this period, select a nearby motel or perhaps stay in a friend’s unit. Unit 106 will be available (first come, first served) at the regular rates, for Owners use when their floor is being done.

Note: Unit 106 will not be available for guest use during the above 2 weeks in December or the month of February, so that Owners can have the first use option.

Your Board members continue working to support Starlight’s interests during this project. We regret this inconvenience, but remind everyone that we are all in this together. The long term benefit of having our building restored to its original structural integrity will hopefully make these next few months a little easier to tolerate.

On behalf of your Board, a wish for happy and healthy holidays for all!


~~ Lynn Dopp


 
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