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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.

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GRF Project Updates

Clubhouse 1 Canopy Covers: The GRF M&C approved replacing sixteen damaged canopies at the Clubhouse 1 pool and bocce court as a 2014 Miscellaneous Project.  An RFP was issued and bids have been received.   The contract is finalized and the vendor installed one of the canopies, however it was fabricated incorrectly and did not fit properly. The vendor came back and re-installed the re-fabricated canopy and it fit. The vendor is now re-fabricating the other canopies and installation should follow soon.

Clubhouse 2 Renovation: The Board approved appropriating money for the Clubhouse 2 renovation design on August 5, 2014.  The Clubhouse 2 Renovation construction funding is a proposed 2015 Capital Plan Project.  A Clubhouse 2 Renovation Ad Hoc Committee has been established and their first meeting is August 20, 2014 at 1:30 pm in the Board Room.

Curb Cuts near Clubhouse 5: GRF and Third Mutual approved installing nine curb cuts along Punta Alta and Bahia Blanca funded from the curb cut operating budgets.  The work has been bid out and came in under budget.  The GRF M&C Chair approved four additional curb cuts that were requested adjacent to Clubhouse 5 funded from the remaining GRF curb cut operating budget.  The curb cuts have been completed.

Clubhouse 5 Main Lounge Floor Refinishing: Refinishing the Clubhouse 5 Main Lounge floor was complete in mid-July.

Clubhouse 5 Kitchen Repairs:  Repairing the moisture intrusion problems at the Clubhouse 5 kitchen dishwashing area was complete in mid-July.

Hole 1, Course 3 Improvements:  GRF approved a 2014 Capital Plan to lengthen Hole 1, Course 3 to increase the hole from a par 4 to a par 5 hole.  The Golf Course Architect and Civil Engineer have completed the plans and they have been approved by the City.  The project is bidding and construction is anticipated in summer 2014.

Par 3 Golf Course Bridge:  GRF approved replacing the damaged bridge at the Par 3 Golf Course as a 2014 Miscellaneous Project.  Staff first reported that the bridge was damaged at the May 19th GRF M&C meeting.  Due to the increased deterioration the bridge was closed on June 23, 2014.  Staff reported this information to the Closed Board meeting on July 1, 2014 and they approved replacing the bridge deck and guardrail in kind.  The contract has been signed and the bridge removal and replacement happened on July 30th.  The handrails are being fabricated and the bridge will be opened once they are installed in a few weeks.

Gate 5 Renovation: GRF approved a 2014 Capital Plan to renovate Gate 5.  An RFP was issued for Architectural Services and a contract has been awarded.  A kick off meeting for the project was scheduled the week of May 5th.  The Consultant has submitted the Civil Engineering Plans for grading review and Architectural plans for building department review.  The Board has approved changing the project scope from constructing a new gatehouse to renovating the existing gatehouse.  Staff will work with the GRF M&C Committee to develop an updated scope of work for the project to present to the Board for approval.

Gate 7 Renovation: The Contractor received the certificate of occupancy and the gate ambassadors are utilizing the new gatehouse.  The project is substantially complete; the Contractor is finalizing punchlist work.

Energy Management System: The Board approved funding to replace and upgrade the energy management system (EMS).  The Contractor has surveyed all of the facilities and submitted product cut sheets to the Engineer for approval.  The Contractor has completed the first phase of EMS installations at the various facilities.  A separate scope of work has been prepared to install controllers at Clubhouse 3.  The Contractor has completed the new controller installation and they are working on the final system programming.  Once the system at Clubhouse 3 is working smoothly, staff will provide an update to the M&C committee.  Staff believes that this system is very close to working smoothly, however one additional component had to be installed in staff is monitoring the system with Clubhouse 3.

GRF Alternative Energy Ad Hoc Committee:

At the recent GRF Energy meetings, the committee came to a consensus to direct Staff to prepare the following items:

Working with vendors to research the feasibility of installing a fuel cell at the Community Center and all seven Clubhouses.

Subject report on adding the Community Center building to the new Energy Management System and improvements to the HVAC system was approved at the August 5th Board meeting.

Sample LED lights have been installed in Clubhouse 5 parking lot lights for Committee review.

Once they select a preferred light the subject report will be revised to include that selection.

Sample LED lights have been installed in the Community Center Sycamore Room for Committee review.  Once they select a preferred light a subject report will be prepared based on the selected light.

The next Ad Hoc meeting is Thursday September 4th at 9:30 am in the Sycamore Room.

Recreation Master Plan:  The Recreation Master Plan was canceled at the August 5, 2014 Board meeting.

Property Services Operational Review: The GRF Board approved performing an operational review of Property Services department.  The Consultant has performed site visits, interviewed staff, obtained various reports, and is reviewing processes to compile the report.  Staff anticipates that the consultant's report will be presented to the Board in August.

Village Greens Bar: On February 13, 2014 the GRF Board approved installing a permanent bar at the Village Greens.  The Bar is complete less the punchlist.

Installation of Fire Suppression Systems in Buses:  Completed.

Third Project Updates:

Third Mutual Garden Villa Beam Replacements:

Below is the list of affected buildings that are part of the replacement program:

Completed: B4006, B2399, B5519, B2400, B2402, B2403, B2401, B2397, B2398, B2384, B2385, B2389, B2390, B2404, B2405, B5500, B4009, B4010, B4011, B4007, B4006, B4008, B5518, B5515, B3420, B3242, B3241, B5517, B3421, B5371, B5510,  B3244, B3243 and B5499.

The Garden Villa dry rot beam replacements are complete for 2014. A 2015 program begins January 2015.

Third Mutual LH21 Stairway Beam Replacements:

Below is the list of affected buildings that are part of the replacement program.

Completed 2013:  Buildings B4001, B4003, B4004, B4005, B4002

Under Construction: 

B3510 beams, king studs, stucco complete / roof tile replacement scheduled;  B3498 - under construction.

Building 3510 and 3498 stairwells have been shored up and moved to the priority list.

Structural Engineering completed: B4012, B4013, B4014, B4015, B4025, B4026.

Elevator Replacement Program: .

The Elevator Replacement Contract has been awarded. Construction postings, letters to residence and media begins mid-December 2013. Construction Improvements and interior remodels begin mid-January 2014.Buildings B2353, B2385, B3241, B3242, B3371, B3421, B3486, B3498, B4013. B5515 will be completed from 2013’s schedule in 2014.

Completed 2014: B2353, B3498, B3242, B4013, B3486, B3421, B3241

Under Construction:   B2385 July 28th through August 14th, 2014

Elevator Improvement Schedule: B3371 September 8th through September 25th 2014

TLHM 3-Story Building Fire Alarm System Engineering:  The OCFA (Orange County Fire Authority) approved the fire alarm upgrades without additional code restriction mandates.  The program beginning in 2011 and ending in 2016, calls for the 81 three-story buildings fire alarm systems to be replaced.

The 2014 Fire Alarm Upgrade Program  Delayed in OCFA plan check, construction start date approximately June 2014. Buildings: B3366, B3367, B3371, B3486, B3498, B3500, B3501, B3510, B4001, B4002, B4003, B4004, B4005, B4012, B4013, B4014, B4015, B4025 will be upgraded in 2014.

Completed 2013: B2395, B2398, B2399, B2400, B2401, B2402, B2403, B2404, B2405, B2396, B969, B3337, B3338, B3363, B3335, B3336, B3364, B3365

Under Construction: B3366, B3367, B3371, B3486, B3498, B3500, B3501, B3510

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: 

2011: (Completed)

Building 2386, Building 2392

2012: (Completed)

Building 2403, Building 2400, Building 2399, Building 2393, Building 2384, Building 2404, Building 2391, Building 2390, Building 2389, Building 2388, Building 2370, and Building 2385

2013: (Completed)

Building 2369, Building 2405, Building 2394, Building 969, Building 2401, Building 2396, Building 2387, Building 2381, Building 2395, Building 3335, Building 2397, Building 2380 and B3003

2014: (Completed)

Completed 2014: B 2353, B2354, B2355, B2402, B2297, B2302, B2314, B2315, B2318, B2321, B3000

Under Construction: B3212- complete Aug 8, 2014 and B3516- complete Aug 13, 2014

Building schedule: Complete for 2014 - Building 2314, Building 2315, Building 2318, Building 2321, Building 2353, Building 2354, Building 2355, Building 2402, Building 2297, Building 2302, Building 3000, Building 3212 and  Building 3516

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: B5180, B5019

Under Construction 2014: B5100 to begin October 2014

Pre-Construction: B5169

Inspection 2014: B5302, B5028, B5081, B5013, B5045

TLHM Water Conservation Pilot project: Of the 95 manors selected for high water usage, the plumbers have completed inspections on 91 manors and 4 manors were not accessible.  The water conservation Ad-hoc Committee was disbanded in October 2011. Future water conservation topics will be over-seen by the Landscape and M&C Committees. 17 Manors with high water usage as well as the 4 previously non-accessible manors have been identified and the M&C directed inspections to be performed by the plumbers. The plumbers were able to inspect a total of 16 manors, which included 2 of the 4 manors identified in 2011.  Individual summaries of the inspections and suggestions for water conservation have been sent by mail to the manors inspected and a report of the inspection results were presented in the 7/5/12 M&C Committee.

Third 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 upgrade program commenced in 2011.  To date over 1,719 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.

United Project Updates

United Mutual Lighting Pilot program:

Staff met with several members of the walkway lighting ad-hoc committee; the committee directed Staff to postpone the design of the pilot program and instead purchase and install LED light bulbs into the existing fixtures.  The committee requested Staff seek the ad-hoc committee’s approval prior to purchasing the LED light bulbs.  Staff ordered and installed the LED bulbs in a portion of CDS 7 as directed by the ad-hoc committee in late April.  The ad-hoc committee has directed staff to install LED bulbs in the remaining 18 light fixtures in CDS 7 and to install two wall mounted LED light fixtures adjacent Carport 351.  This work was completed by end of June.  The pilot program is complete.

ULWM Walkway Lighting Ad-hoc committee has expressed interest in doing LED lighting improvements in 5 additional cul-de-sacs.  An endorsement will be brought to the Aug Board meeting for Board approval.

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:

CDS 23 Dry Rot Repairs Pilot Program:

Construction of the necessary dry rot repairs identified from the 2011 mid paint cycle inspection program were complete in CDS 23 in early January 2014.

Engineering is in progress for the remaining structural repairs identified during the 2011 mid paint cycle.

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.  Plans for the repairs of two additional bridges at B614 have been approved by the City.  These bridges are scheduled to be repaired in June.  Staff is continuing to monitor the necessary walkway bridges that need replacement for a potential proactive 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 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.  The program commenced 2011.  To date over 12,325 linear feet of liner has been installed in 232 sewer pipes and laterals.  Currently Staff is scheduling waste lines 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 6,035 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 is preparing a subject report to provide alternatives for United Mutual to achieve compliance with civil code 1101 by the 2019 deadline.

City of Laguna Woods Project Updates

Moulton Widening:

The contractor is finalizing corrective work that involved removal of the trees planted in the sidewalk and replacement of segments of the sidewalk.



Composed: 01/27/2011 | Modified: 05/13/2014
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