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July Restoration Report #2 - Starlight Tower
Starlight Tower, Inc.
7000 Beach Plaza
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
RESTORATION PROJECT: STATUS REPORT
company (CPS) and our asbestos abatement company (CTS),
continue to have multiple teams moving through the
floors of our building accomplishing their different
We are still
The leadership team
continues to meet weekly with Vance (from Resource),
Bill Wales and Lynn Dopp so issues can
be addressed promptly. The Engineer (Santiago) attends
the meetings every other week, but is frequently on site
inspecting the work.
As I reported before, the
work is being done in multiple, simultaneous phases. The
current status of our beloved building is as follows:
Walkway covering (river rock)
completed on all floors and
Many areas of
damage and cracks were found, including some areas where
the metal mesh (usually in the middle of the concrete
slab) was visible. A few areas of the 2” slab were so
thin they actually fell apart and required a plywood
‘patch’ to be placed so we could walk on them.
North Side wall:
completely done, sealed and painted.
removed (abated) on floors 10 – 4. Team currently
working on the 3rd floor.
REPAIR PROCESS has now begun and is
nearly complete on the 10th floor, will be moving to the
9th floor soon. Remember, the repair process could not
begin until the walkway covering was removed and
asbestos was abated, so that ‘soundings’ could be done
to identify areas with damaged rebar/metal. CPS
anticipates bringing in additional workers as the
greater work of repairing (and possibly replacing)
joists begins on the 9th floor.
protection system: continuity has been achieved on
floors 10 and 8 so far; 9th (and others) will follow the
West (Gulf) Side:
previously, the damage on this side of the building
continues to be greater than anticipated in some areas
and has required a few owners to be subject to the cost
of removal/replacement of shutters and/or windows. As
noted previously, if this is necessary the owner will be
notified. IF YOUR PHONE NUMBER OR CONTACT INFORMATION
HAS CHANGED, PLEASE BE SURE TO GIVE THE NEW INFORMATION
TO “RESOURCE PROPERTY MGMNT” SO YOU CAN BE CONTACTED
West side work is done by ‘stack’
(e.g. all the ’08 units) since it requires a swing stage
to be suspended from the roof for each group. Progress
to date: ‘08’ Stack: required window removal from 2
units (one of which also required shutter removal) to
effect repairs to the building wall. These and all other
repairs to the ‘08’ stack have been completed, all
windows sealed and the first coats of paint applied.
Some damage to the kneewall of unit 108 was found and
will also be repaired.
‘07’ Stack: Only unit 107
required window & shutter removal, again related to
severe damage of the kneewall (as with 108, probably
related to previous 1st floor flooding). Repairs of all
identified damaged areas are currently underway on this
stack. Good news: Inspection of our first “open balcony”
(907) showed that both it and the unit below (807) were
structurally intact and did not require repair.
‘06’ Stack: swing stage will be moving here next week,
but preliminary inspection seems to indicate most severe
damage is to 106 wall.
Again, if detailed
inspection reveals a need to remove windows and/or
shutters, you will be notified. But remember, we cannot
tell in advance which units this will be – until the
swing stage moves to your ‘stack’ and the detailed, “up
close” inspections can be made.
AC Grate coverings: The contractor has located a local
manufacturer who can make the new grate covers for us.
(Previous distributors were unable to produce covers in
the sizes needed). The manufacturer will produce a
sample of both the current grate pattern and a louvered
one for us to see.
2. Walkway drains: the
original building plan called for the walkways to drain
water into the drainpipes that run down the side of the
building, with ‘overflow’ water going out the ‘scuppers”
(openings) in the walkway kneewalls. The integrity of
these drainpipes will be tested to ensure they are
patent and able to support this load of water before the
walkway sloping plan is designed. An alternate plan may
be to slope the walkway runoff through the scuppers if
necessary to avoid a potential ruptured drainage pipe.
If this is done, a ‘lip’ will be added to the edge of
the scupper to prevent the water from running down our
freshly painted walls.
In short, although our
building currently is looking a bit like a patchwork
quilt, it is heartening to know that these much needed
repairs are being done and her ‘facelift’ is underway!