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Condominium Life Cycle

As we move forward into the next decade we are seeing an increase in life cycle issues on older buildings. Buildings that are 20 to 40 years old that performed better than later buildings, but are still reaching the end of the performance life of the cladding and deck components. The knowledge and experience that we have from correcting defective construction is directly applicable to correcting life cycle building problems.

 

Subcontractors and best practices
Developing and constructing multi-family housing is a very cost-conscience industry. Sometimes during construction, many of the people actually installing materials such as siding and roofing are actually being paid “piece work.” Piece work is the method of paying a set amount based on the quantity rather than paying hourly wages. This is not how WES Operates. Piece workers make more money at the end of the week if they skip critical but time consuming steps. Because they are incentivized to maximize production, they have no vested interest in solving difficult transition problems.

 

How WES Construction works with subcontractors
We are extremely diligent in checking references, visiting jobs, checking credit and checking with material suppliers. We develop training for each sub for each job, were we work with the installers on mock ups. We prepare copies of the project details and make sure the workers understand what is required. We track who has been trained to do what and make sure that any new staff is trained before they work on our jobsite. We keep a weekly sheet with the names of all the field staff and what tasks they have been trained on. We inspect their tools. If they don’t have good sheet metal tools, they likely are not capable of doing good sheet metal work.


When subcontractors make a quality wage it is a lot easier to demand the best from them.

 

Remediation and the law

Construction defects and resulting litigation have severely impacted the multi-family construction industry. Many liability insurance providers have discontinued servicing this market sector. Those who remain have significantly raised insurance premiums and restricted or reduced coverage.

 

House Bill 1848 was passed by the 2005 legislature went into effect on August 1, 2005. The bill addresses new and existing multi-unit residential buildings. It includes provisions for additional design, construction inspection, conversion to condominiums, and litigation for construction defects. House bill 1848 is intended to reduce defects in newly constructed, converted and repaired condominiums. Because additional design and inspection improve the multi-unit housing product, home buyers are able to purchase new homes with increased confidence that the building exterior will protect their investment from the environment. Read more about HB 1848 >

 

Prior to the implementation of House Bill 1848, repair decisions were left to the owners and association boards, which might not have sought out professional assistance. The pressure of limited financial resources often weighed heavily on repair decisions. Financially pressured owners chose lower cost repairs that addressed symptoms rather than the causes of building envelope problems.

 

Professional oversight is now required before undertaking rehabilitative repairs. Design documents must be prepared and stamped by a licensed Architect or Engineer. Associations choosing WES Construction can rest assured that their we engage licensed professionals to provide stamped design documents.

 

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