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Community Project Updates
Community Project Updates
Below are brief updates on many ongoing maintenance and landscape projects in and around the community. Click on a link below to go directly to that section.
Aliso Creek Bridge: On October 7, the GRF Board approved removing the existing stairs, ramp, handrails and walkway to the Aliso Creek bridge and replacing it with the previous walkway layout. The Board also approved adding a gently sloping concrete walkway along the creek. The engineer has completed the plans and a pre-bid meeting was held on November 25 and bids were received December 4. The GRF M&C reviewed the bids at their December 15 meeting.
The Habitat Mitigation Monitoring Plan (HMMP) for the Aliso Creek Restoration Project: The Habitat Mitigation Monitoring Plan (HMMP) for the Aliso Creek Restoration Project required willow stakes and native plantings. The willow stakes were planted on January 22, and the native seed was reapplied after the willow stakes.
Aliso Creek Walk Path Modifications: The GRF Board approved removing the existing stairs, ramp, handrails and walkway to the Aliso Creek bridge and replacing it with a new walkway layout. The Board also approved adding a gentle sloping concrete walkway along the creek. The engineer completed the plans and a prebid meeting was held on November 25 and bids were received December 4. A low bidder has been selected and the contract is being finalized. Once the contract is signed the work will be completed.
Clubhouse 2 Renovation: The Clubhouse 2 Renovation Ad Hoc Committee solicited preliminary designs from two architects which were presented at the Ad Hoc meeting in January. The Committee recommended Carlile Coatsworth Architects as the architectural firm for the Clubhouse 2 renovation design, and the Board approved the recommendation. Preliminary designs will be posted on the website for Community review. The Committee is seeking suggestions from the Community on renovation. Visit the Laguna Woods Village website for more information and to submit your ideas.
Gate 5 Renovation: Staff is working with the GRF M&C Committee to develop an updated scope of work for the renovation of Gate 5. The Committee formed a task force to prepare a project scope and preliminary budgets. The task force will be providing information at upcoming GRF M&C meetings.
GRF Alternative Energy Ad Hoc Committee:
Staff is working with the Energy Committee on the following items:
An alternative energy consultant has been retained by way of an as-needed hourly contract to research the feasibility of using alternative energy at the Community Center and all seven Clubhouses. The Committee approved a request to SCE for a study and report for all GRF facilities. The facilities will be prioritized with the Community Center first, Clubhouse 2 working with the ad-hoc committee, and then by energy use. The alternate energy consultant is currently on-hold pending the SCE report. The Community Center walkthrough occurred on December 10.Once the report from Edison is received, walkthroughs of other GRF facilities will be scheduled.
The Board approved installing LED lights in Clubhouse 5 parking lot light fixtures. The lights were ordered, and were delivered in mid-December. Phase 1 of the LED lights were installed in Clubhouse 5 parking lot and the Committee visited the site at night on December 29. Staff is awaiting direction on whether or not to proceed with Phase 2 of the installation.
The Committee endorsed replacing the lighting in all conference rooms and Table Tennis in the Community Center with LED tubes. A scope of work is complete and the The Committee endorsed replacing the lighting in all conference rooms and Table Tennis in the Community Center with LED tubes. Staff met with the City to discuss permit and Title 24 requirements. The scope of work has been finalized to incorporate the results of that meeting. The next step is to send out an RFP.
The Committee approved replacing all incandescent down-lights at GRF facilities with LED down-lights of similar color and temperature using SCE rebates at no cost to the Corporation. A scope of work is being finalized for the incandescent replacement at Clubhouses and the Community Center.
Pool 1 Repair: During the regularly scheduled Pool 1 shutdown, extensive damage was discovered in the locker room shower wall and three leaking skimmers were identified around the pool deck. The pool shutdown was extended to repair these items. These items were repaired and the pool has been reopened.
Renovation of Equestrian Center Hospitality Room: On October 7, the Board approved renovating the Equestrian Center Hospitality Room. The Contractor started construction January 5 in renovating the Equestrian Center Hospitality Room. The Contractor has completed all the work less the flooring and new screen door installation. The project is expected to be complete by mid-February.
Recreation Master Plan: The Recreation Master Plan was canceled at the August 5, 2014 Board meeting.
Below is the list of affected buildings that are part of the replacement program:
B2384, B2385, B2386, B2389, B2390, B2397, B2398, B2399, B2400, B2401, B2402, B2403, B2404, B2405, B3241, B3242, B3243, B3244, B3420, B3421, B4006, B4007, B4008, B4009, B4010, B4011, B5371, B5500, B5510, B5515, B5517, B5518, B5519 and B5499 (34 buildings).
Garden Villa dry rot beam replacements have been completed for 2014 (34 buildings). The 2015 program begins in January (B969, B3499, B5370, B5372, B5511, B5519).
Construction schedule for 2015 - 2016: B969, B3499, B5370, B5372, B5511, B5519 (6 buildings). Construction has started on Building 5511. Present schedule for completion is early March.
Third Mutual LH21 Stairway Beam Replacements:
Beam replacements were completed in 2013 at B4001, B4002, B4003, B4004, and B4005 (5 buildings).
Completed in 2014: B3498, B3510
Construction schedule for 2015 - 2016: B5369, B4012, B4013, B4014, B4015, B4025, B4026 and B5369 (8 buildings). Staff will be presenting a subject report with alternatives on how to proceed with the LH21 Beam replacements to the Third M&C Committee.
Elevator Replacement Program: .
The Elevator Component Replacement Contract has been awarded. Ten (10) elevators were selected for the 2015 improvement project. Construction improvements and interior remodels are expected to begin in late February 2015.
Completed 2014: B2353, B2385, B3241, B3242, B3371, B3421, B3486, B3498, B4013, B5515 (10 Buildings)
Construction Schedule 2015: B2354, B2392, B2400, B2405, B3336, B3365, B3501, B4015, B5370, B5499 (10 Buildings)
Construction Scheduled 2015: Building 2400 estimated start date is late February
TLHM 3-Story Building Fire Alarm System Engineering: Fire alarm upgrades in 18 buildings were completed in 2013, and alarm upgrades in 18 buildings were planned for 2014 as well. 14 buildings were completed (B3366, B3367, B3371, B3486, B3498, B3500, B3501, B4001, B4002, B4003, B4004, B4005, B4012 and B4013).
The Third Board directed staff to stop the fire alarm installations and research wireless and in-the-wall fire alarm systems. Staff is obtaining a quote to remove the conduit from Building 4014. Stop work notices were delivered to the manors at Building 4014. The Board requested that letters be sent to all residents of the 32 completed buildings explaining the operation of the new fire alarm systems installed. Staff mailed 914 letters to residents on December 26, 2014.
Waterline Epoxy: Several buildings in Third Laguna Hills Mutual (TLHM) have a large number of leaks in the interior copper water lines. The majority of these high leak buildings are Garden Villas in the Gate 5 area west of Via Mariposa and adjacent to the 27-hole Golf Course. The following forty buildings have experienced the most leaks and the first set of buildings scheduled for epoxy lining:
Building 2386, Building 2392
B2370, B2384, B2385, B2388, B2389, B2390, B2391, B2393, B2399, B2400, B2403, and B2404 (12 buildings)
B969, B2369, B2380, B2381, B2387, B2394, B2395, B2396, B2397, B2401, B2405, B3003 and B3335 (13 buildings).
B2297, B2314, B2315, B2318, B2321, B2353, B2354, B2355, B2402, B3000, B3212, B3516 (12 buildings) lining has been completed. B2302 lining is underway, but three manors remain.
Parapet / Stucco Wall Repairs -
Several Villa Paraisa style homes in the Gate 11 area have had parapet roof line leaks causing dry rot and wall damage. Construction repairs are being made as each building is reported and inspected.
Completed 2013: B5310, B5107
Completed 2014: B5019, B5100, B5180
Construction Schedule 2015: B5169
Regarding storm water management:
The TLHM Board approved work to include increasing the capacity of the swale near Building 2390 and upgrading the bridge culverts to conform to current design standards to accommodate water flows from a 100-year storm event. There are also berms to protect the buildings adjacent to the golf course. Upstream of CDS 219 improvements have been made to direct water aboveground from the vicinity of Building 2384 and Via Mariposa West to the swale near Building 2390 which now have grading modifications and berms. A portion of Via Mariposa now has a storm drain inlet and 18-inch pipe installed to force water to flow under the fairway at Hole 8 during large rain events. The existing 78-inch storm drain pipe will remain and will direct runoff during frequent events to the swale. The new bridge is under construction and is scheduled for completion at month’s end. Construction is scheduled to be complete mid-March 2015 (weather permitting).
For CDSs 203, 219 and 221, new larger drain inlets and pipes have been installed by Buildings 2402, 2403, 2392 and 2397. The remaining storm drain improvements will be by buildings 2388, 2390 and 2355. Construction is scheduled to be complete in late January 2015 (weather permitting).
Third Water Heater Electrical Upgrades: The water heater electric systems in 1,987 manors require either an inspection and/or upgrade from a 20 amp breaker to a 30 amp breaker and increased wire size from 12 gauge to 10 gauge wire. The upgrade program commenced in 2011. To date, water heater electrical upgrades have been completed in 1,933 of the 1,987 manors to receive the upgrades.
Dry Rot Replacement Projects:
The 2011/2012 Dry Rot projects addressing structural and architectural wood damage are underway. The 2015 Dry Rot Inspections Report program has also begun. Below are the estimated scheduled dates for this work.
2011 Mid Cycle Paint Inspection Design Project: Structural engineering plans (17 buildings) – Complete, all Plans in City plan check for permits; developing construction scope of work
2011 Mid Cycle Paint Inspection Construction Project: Estimated start date mid-April 2015
2012 Mid Cycle Paint Inspection Design Project: Structural engineering plans (31 buildings) – Complete, all Plans in City plan check for permits; developing construction scope of work
2012 Mid Cycle Paint Inspection Construction Project: Estimated start date mid-May 2015
2015 Dry Rot Inspection Report: Field Inspections and reports – Complete
2015 Dry Rot Inspection Design Project: Structural engineering plans (Phase 1, 57 buildings) – Complete
In December 2014, the ULWM Board authorized hiring two temporary union maintenance employees to complete the Walkway Lighting Project within one year. On January 27, 2015 the United Walkway Lighting project officially commenced. Two temporary union maintenance positions have been filled, materials bid and ordered, administrative development (coding, paperwork) completed, and field operations established to implement maximum production.
Working in CDS: 208
Completed CDS installations: 6, 34, 63, 95, 209, 210, 211 (7 CDSs)
NOTE: During the CDS 7 Pilot program, the Board did not approve replacing the light fixtures, but only the LED bulbs. The walkway lighting crew will need to return to CDS 7 and replace the light fixtures
United Mutual Electrical Panel Maintenance: In the 2015 Reserve Plan, the Board approved a program to perform electrical panel maintenance at approximately 3,000 locations in United. A scope of work is being prepared for this work and once complete the program will go out to bid.
Plumbing Fixture Compliance Investigation: To achieve compliance with Civil Code 1101 by the January 1, 2019 deadline, at its June 12, 2014 Business Planning meeting, United Mutual approved funds to implement a 4-year, non-compliant plumbing fixture replacement program starting in January 2015. The Board directed Staff to begin identifying non-compliant toilets during manor resale inspections and begin replacement using the planned expenditures for Toilet Replacements in the 2014 Business Reserves Plan. All toilets included in the 2014 Reserves Plan were replaced. Staff is currently replacing non-compliant toilets with a WaterSense-qualified, 1.28 GPF toilet. Staff is identifying non-compliant toilets in several ways: during manor resale inspections, during general plumbing repair calls, during vacant manor inspections, and per resident requests. The Ad hoc Committee met with Staff and the toilet consultant in mid-December 2014 who made a recommendation to make the currently installed WaterSense qualified toilet as the standard which the Board approved in January. The Metropolitan Water District approved United Mutual’s application for toilet rebates through May of 2015. Rebate funding of $100 per toilet has been approved for up to 900 WaterSense-qualified toilets (or $90,000). Another application will be submitted by the El Toro Water District on behalf of United Mutual in May of 2015 for any additional rebate funding available for Fiscal Year 2015/2016 qualified toilet replacements.
United Dishwasher Recall: United Laguna Woods Mutual received notification from General Electric of a recall on certain models of dishwashers manufactured between March 2006 and August 2009 and that were installed as member-selected upgrades in 133 manors. The recall is due to an electrical failure in the dishwashers’ heating elements that can cause a fire hazard. The model numbers being recalled begin with the sequence: GLD4, GLD5, GLD6, PDW7, PDWF7, EDW4, GHDA4, and GHDA6. Model numbers can be found on a metallic plate on the left tub wall, visible when the dishwasher door is opened.
Staff is sending letters of notification to members in the manors with these dishwashers, notifying them that they are to immediately discontinue use of the dishwasher, unplug the dishwasher from the outlet (and if they need assistance unplugging the unit to contact Property Services at 949-597-4600). Staff is also supplying specific information to these residents on how to contact GE for a free in-home repair. For additional information, residents can contact GE at 866-918-8760 or visit the website: www.geappliances.com/recall.
2015 Prior-to-Paint Dryrot Engineering:
2014 Paint and Prior to Paint Programs: Non-structural repairs are completed on all buildings and all buildings painted. There are 80 smaller scale structural repairs pending at various locations. Of those repairs, 27 projects are assigned to in-house crews, with six projects currently in progress and the remaining 21 projects in varying stages of plan preparation and/or City plan check/permit issuance. The remaining 53 projects are assigned to contractors and are in varying stages of City plan check and permit issuance.
2015 Paint and Prior to Paint Programs: Resolution 01-14-90 authorized an early start to the 2015 Prior to Paint activities with the goal of advancing the Prior to Paint activities to start six months ahead of the arrival of the paint crew at the buildings on the Paint Program. Inspections on the 2015 Paint Program buildings were completed in 2011. Non-structural repair work commenced in November and is complete on 16 buildings and in progress on nine buildings. Engineering plans for structural repairs on the first cul de sac will be submitted to the City the week of February 9. Paint crew began painting in the first cul de sac in late January.
Seville Style Building Corbel Beam Repairs: Resolution 01-14-144 authorized repairs to corbel cut beam ends on 14 Seville style buildings via cutting the corbel beam ends to not extend beyond the roof eaves. Contract was awarded in September 2014. Corbel work is complete on nine buildings. Contractor estimates completion of the balance of the buildings by the end of March. During the course of corbel repair work, dry rot and/or termite damage was identified in structural components of balconies at 16 locations so far. Staff is working with engineer to determine repair requirements at each location and will proceed with repairs in the coming months.
Walkway Bridge Replacements at Castilla Style Buildings: In 2013, five walkway bridges at Castilla style buildings were removed and replaced due to excessive dry rot. The two bridges at Building 614 have also been completed. Staff is continuing to monitor the necessary walkway bridges that need repair/replacement for a potential proactive repair/replacement program.
Wasteline Remediation: The wastelines in the community are aging and are prone to root intrusion especially through the joints between pipe segments. Root intrusion can cause sewer backups and stoppages that affect the plumbing of the manors. The wasteline remediation program, which commenced in 2011, involves an outside plumbing contractor installing a seamless liner within the existing pipes to help mitigate future root intrusion. All pipes are video recorded before and after the process to confirm the pipe is a candidate and that the job was done appropriately. If there are consistent internal issues, these are also investigated and addressed during the wasteline remediation program. To date 15,689 linear feet of liner has been installed in 283 sewer pipes and laterals. Currently Staff is scheduling wastelines that have ongoing root issues and those pipes identified by the in-house plumbing crew.
United Water Heater Electrical Upgrades: The electric system in the manors requires an upgrade from a 20 amp breaker to a 30 amp breaker and upgrade from 12 gauge to 10 gauge wiring. The program commenced 2011. Staff and the contractor have been averaging 10 manors per day. To date over 6,206 manors have been upgraded. A program to have the electrician perform an investigation of the existing electrical system was added to this project half way through.
Plumbing Fixture Compliance Investigation: Staff prepared a subject report and provided alternatives for United Mutual to achieve compliance with Civil Code 1101 by the 2019 deadline. At its June 12, 2014 Business Planning meeting, United Mutual approved funds to implement a 4-year, non-compliant plumbing fixture replacement program starting in January 2015.
The Board directed Staff to begin identifying non-compliant toilets during manor resale inspections and begin replacement using the planned expenditures for Toilet Replacements in the 2014 Business Reserves Plan. To date, all 89 toilets included in the 2014 Reserves Plan have been, or are scheduled to be, replaced in 2014. United also directed Staff to provide any estimated additional funding requirements for toilet replacements in 2014. Given that the Board has allocated funding for additional Staff at the start of 2015, and the Mutual is on track to meet the civil code replacement deadline of 2019, Staff is not recommending any additional funding requirements for 2014. Staff is currently replacing non-compliant toilets with a WaterSense-qualified, 1.28 GPF toilet. Staff is identifying non-compliant toilets in several ways: during manor resale inspections, during general plumbing repair calls, during vacant manor inspections, and per resident requests.
Staff presented a subject report at the October 22nd United M&C meeting with specific toilet alternatives for Committee and Board approval. The Committee recommended the Board approve an ADA compliant, WaterSense-qualified, generic brand, dual-flush toilet with an effective 1.28 gallons per flush, and a greater than or equal to 1000 gram per flush MaP rating as the Mutual standard replacement toilet. In the November Board meeting, the Board sent the report back to the Water Conservation Ad-hoc Committee for further investigation. The Ad-hoc Committee has met with staff and the toilet consultant and plans to meet again in mid-December to make a recommendation on a new standard toilet for planned Board approval in January 2015.
The Metropolitan Water District recently approved United Mutual’s Member Agency Administered Incentive Program project application for toilet rebates through May of 2015. Rebate funding of $100 per toilet has been approved for up to 900 WaterSense-qualified toilets (or $90,000). Another application will be submitted by the El Toro Water District on behalf of United Mutual in May of 2015 for any additional rebate funding available for Fiscal Year 2015/2016 qualified toilet replacements.
Punchlist items remain and staff is following up with the City and the County to ensure this work is completed in a timely manner.
Composed: 01/27/2011 | Modified: 10/07/2014
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