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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.  Once the contract is finalized the work will be scheduled.

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: The GRF M&C Committee approved refinishing the Clubhouse 5 Main Lounge floors as a 2014 Miscellaneous Project.  Bids have been recieved and the contract is finalized.  The work will be scheduled when the Main Lounge is shutdown from June 30th to July 17th.

Clubhouse 5 Kitchen Repairs: Moisture intrusion problems were discovered in the dishwashing area of the Clubhouse 5 kitchen.  The GRF M&C Committee approved repairing and mitigating the moisture intrusion in the Clubhouse 5 kitchen as a 2014 Miscellaneous Project.  Bids have been received and the contract is finalized. The work will be scheduled when the Main Lounge is shutdown from June 30th to July 17th.

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 submitted to the City for plan check.  The Consultants are addressing the first round of City comments.  Construction is anticipated in the summer of 2014.

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.  The Consultant has submitted the civil engineering plans for grading review and the architectural plans are being finalized.

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 is working on the installation of the final controller and the final system programming.

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: 

1.   Meeting with vendors to research the feasibility of installing a fuel cell at the Community Center.

2.   Subject report on adding the Community Center building to the new Energy Management System.

3.   Subject report on converting Clubhouse 5 Parking Lot Lights to LED.

4.   Research converting the second floor Community Center Lights to LED. 

The next Ad Hoc meeting is Thursday July 3rd at 9:30 am in the Sycamore Room.

Recreation Master Plan:  GRF has placed the Recreation Master Plan on hold and will be conducting a workshop with staff to establish and expedite a new direction for the Plan.

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 project has been bid and the contract has been awarded.  The Contractor is working on ordering all the equipment and cabinets for the project.  The project is currently scheduled for completion in early August.

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 5499.

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 and studs complete, stage- roof tiles; B3498 start date: July 11, 2014

Structural Engineering completed and construction scheduled late January 2014: B4012, B4013, B4014, B4015, B4025 and B4026. Building 3498 and 3510 stairwells have been shored up and added to this list

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

Under Construction:   B3241 June 30th through July 17th  2014; B2385 July 28th through August 14th 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 June2014. 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

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)

 2355, B2353, B2354, B2402, B2297

Under Construction:  B2314, B2318 (July 14-17)

Building schedule:  B2321 (July 21-24) B3000 (July 28 - Aug1)


Building 2398, Building 2321, Building 2318, Building 2314, Building 2315, Building 2297, Building 2355, Building 2288, Building 3212, Building 2402, Building 5515, Building 5510, and Building 2316

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, B5180

Under Construction 2014: B5019

Pre-Construction: B5100

Inspection 2014: B5169, 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 1,685 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.  These two items (in addition to replacing some fixtures casings will complete the CDS 7 walkway lighting pilot program.  The LED bulbs have been installed in the remaining fixtures in CDS 7 and Staff has ordered the wall mounted LED fixtures.  Staff will coordinate the installation of the wall mount fixtures once received and the pilot program will be complete.  Staff anticipates completion end of June.

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.

The design contract has been awarded for the 2011 mid paint cycle inspection and Staff will schedule a kickoff meeting with the consultants to begin design.

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 11,800 linear feet of liner has been installed in 222 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 (WC914).

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 5,866 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.

Edison (SCE) Vault Replacement:

Vault replacements performed by Southern California Edison (SCE) along El Toro Roadd starting east of Moulton Parkway to Tanager Lane (approximately 1,000 feet east of Gate 9) were completed on June 27.


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