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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.

GRF Project Updates
Third Project Updates
United Project Updates
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GRF Project Updates

Pilot Program for Gate Access system for Gates 5 and 6:  GRF approved a pilot program to provide a gate access system for Gates 5 and 6.  Only one bid was received on May 20 and staff will meet with GRF to determine the strategy for moving forward.

Asphalt Paving overlay work:  Asphalt Paving overlay work will be completed during the month of June.  GRF areas included are as follows:

Alta Vista
Golf Maintenance Yard
RV Lot A and ETWD Yard Access Road
Monte Hermoso
Via Puerta (Gate 6 inbound lanes only)
Clubhouse 6 Street Parking Stalls

Signage is being posted in the vicinity to notify residents of the schedule.

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 work is expected to be complete in June.

The GRF Board approved replacing the existing bridge guardrail at Aliso Creek.  The bids for the project are being evaluated and the Project will be discussed at the May 18 GRF M&C meeting.  The Board approved a horizontal railing design at their June 2 meeting, and the contract for the installation will be finalized.

On May 5, 2015 the GRF Board approved renovating the Aliso Creek restrooms.  Staff is working with the M &C Chair to approve the RFP, SOW and bidder’s list per the GRF Delegations Matrix.  Once finalized, the project will begin bidding.

Clubhouse 1 painting/repairs/cleaning: Clubhouse 1 interior and exterior is planned for painting in 2015. This project is scheduled between July 20 and August 14 when the Clubhouse will be closed.  Along with the painting, various miscellaneous repairs and cleaning tasks will be performed at the facility. Some of the painting and repair work is already underway to facilitate other work during the shutdown period.

Clubhouse 2 Renovation: The Clubhouse 2 Renovation Ad Hoc Committee approved the Architect submitting floor plans that were reviewed at the April 27 Committee meeting to the City.  The Committee also approved shutting down Clubhouse 2 on August 3, 2015 to start preparing for construction

Gate 5 and Gate 6 Renovation: GRF approved a 2014 Capital Plan to renovate Gate 5.  Staff worked with the GRF M&C Committee to develop a scope of work for the project to present to the Board for approval.  The M&C Committee reviewed preliminary cost estimates at a special meeting on October 29, 2014 and the Committee formed a task force to prepare a modified project scope and preliminary budgets.  Floor plans and elevations have been presented at various GRF M&C meetings.  At the March 3, 2015 GRF meeting the Board approved adding Gate 6 to the Gate 5 renovation project.  A consultant is underway working on the design at Gates 5 and 6.

GRF Alternative Energy Ad Hoc Committee:

Staff is working with the GRF Energy Committee on the following items:

The Board approved installing LED lights in Clubhouse 5 parking lot light fixtures.  Phase 1 of the LED lights were installed in Clubhouse 5 parking lot and a photometric survey of the lighting was completed to determine overall effectiveness of the new lighting.  It was found that even with the new lighting, lighting levels were below recommended standards in certain areas.  At the May 20 Committee meeting the Committee directed Staff to begin Phase 2 installation.  Staff is working with the Contractor to schedule the installation.

The Board approved 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 bids were received and the Project was discussed at the May 20 meeting.  The SCE representative recommended an alternative specification, and the Committee directed Staff to collaborate with SCE and get alternative bids.

The Committee approved replacing incandescent down lights at GRF facilities with LED down-lights of similar color and temperature using SCE rebates at no cost to the Corporation.  The replacement in the Board Room and Birch Room is complete.  Staff is working on completing these replacements in the remaining GRF Facilities.




Third Project Updates:

Third Mutual Garden Villa Beam Replacements:

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

Completed: 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, B5519, B5515, B5517, B5518, B5519 and B5499 (35 buildings).

Construction schedule for 2015 – 2016 (remaining):  B969, B3499, B5370, B5372, B5519 (5 buildings).

The Garden Villa beam projects are being re-bid.  The program will resume once bids are evaluated and a bidder has been selected.

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:  B3336, B3363, B3364, B3365, B3366, B3371, B3486, B3500, B3501, B4012, B4013, B4014, B4015, B4025, B4026 and B5369 (16 buildings).  Staff presented a report with a plan and alternatives on how to proceed with the LH21 beam replacements to the Third M&C Committee at a special meeting on March 3, 2015.  The Committee directed Staff to seek a proposal from a structural engineer.  The Board approved the structural engineer proposal and the structural engineer has been retained to perform evaluations for the above buildings.  The structural engineer’s report is complete and was presented at the June 1 M&C Committee meeting. The Committee is now seeking alternate means of repair from the engineer to extend the life expectancy.

Elevator Component Replacement Programs: .

The Elevator Component Replacement Contract has been awarded. Ten (10) elevators were selected for the 2015 improvement project. Construction improvements and interior remodels began March 2, 2015.  Letters outlining the repair process were mailed to all residents and owners where elevators will be improved in 2015.

Completed 2014:  B2353, B2385, B3241, B3242, B3371, B3421, B3486, B3498, B4013, B5515 (10 Buildings)

Pending 2015 Elevators:  B2392, B3336, B3501, B4015, B5370, B5499 (6 Buildings)

Elevator Improvement Construction Scheduled 2015:  Building 2354 start date: June 8, 2015 and completion date: June 25, 2015.

Under construction: Building 2354 as of June 8.

Completed 2015:  B2400, B2405, B3365

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 additional fire alarm installations, and complete those under construction with the exception of B4014, B4015, and B4025.  Stop work notices were delivered to the manors in Building 4014.  Staff obtained a quote to remove the conduit from Building 4014 and on February 2, 2015 the M&C Committee approved the removal of the fire alarm conduit from Building 4014, which was done March 12-13, 2015.   The exterior stucco holes were patched and drywall repaired in the laundry rooms.  All stucco and drywall patches were painted.  Staff was directed to research wireless and in-the-wall fire alarm systems.  A fire protection engineering firm was attained to research alternatives.  During the April 6, 2015 Third M&C Committee meeting the Committee Members reviewed the Consultant’s Fire Alarm Report. After reviewing the report the M&C Committee addressed resolving the surface mounted conduit on the Villa Nueva style LH-21 buildings. The Committee approved visiting a Villa Nueva LH-21 building while on their next bus tour to inspect and discuss alternatives to beautify the recently installed fire alarm systems in the 4000 area.  While on the April 2015 bus tour the Committee directed staff to seek an estimate to move the fire alarm conduit in certain areas of Villa Nueva buildings.  Staff requested a cost estimate from the Fire Alarm Contractor to re-route conduit by the laundry room and move breezeway devices to archway locations.  The quote has been received and will be presented at the Third M&C Committee meeting July 6, 2015.

Waterline Epoxy:  Several buildings in Third Mutual have experienced a large number of leaks in the interior copper water lines.  (The majority of these high leak buildings are in the Gate 5 area west of Via Mariposa and adjacent to the 27-hole Golf Course.) The following are those buildings planned for epoxy lining (40 in total).

2011: (Completed)

Building 2386, Building 2392

2012 (Completed):

B2370, B2384, B2385, B2388, B2389, B2390, B2391, B2393, B2399, B2400, B2403, and B2404 (12 buildings)

2013 (Completed):

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.


The Board approved epoxy lining Building 2275 at their April 21, 2015 meeting.

The Third M&C requested an analysis of potential buildings to be epoxy lined.

Parapet / Stucco Wall Repairs in Gate 11 area: 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

Proposed Construction Schedule 2015:  B5169, B5177 – Staff worked with the M&C Committee on the project scope and considerations for parapet removals.  Bids have been received and the bid opening was held with the task force. Recommendations for contract award and repair vs. removal will be presented to the Committee

TLHM Water Conservation Pilot project:  Inspections conducted by Board members identified potential toilet replacements at 16 manors, totaling 28 toilets.  The Mutual directed Staff to replace the toilets, charging the materials to the Mutual and the labor to the member, with the Mutual recovering the majority of the materials costs through the rebate application process.  To date, 13 of the identified toilets have been replaced, 6 toilets were already low-flow toilets that could be repaired, 7 toilet replacements were refused, 1 manor is inaccessible at this time, and 1 replacement remains to be scheduled.  Rebates have been submitted and approved for 11 toilets.

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 has been completed and was opened for travel on February 3.

Construction is complete and the project is going through the process of certifications by the engineers and the project closeout.  Project closeout is planned for June 8.

For CDSs 203, 219 and 221, new larger drain inlets and pipes have been installed by Buildings 2355, 2388, 2390, 2392, 2397, 2402, and 2403. The hydroseed is establishing on the fairway for the local storm drain improvement project.  The Contractor has completed the punchlist and the project is closed out.

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 1,970 of the 1,987 manors to receive the upgrades.


2011/2012 Mid Cycle Dry Rot Inspection Project: 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 and permits (17 buildings) – Complete

2012 Mid Cycle Paint Inspection Design Project: Structural engineering plans and permits (31 buildings) – Complete

2011/2012 Mid Cycle Paint Inspection Construction Project: The Board appropriated $1.1 Million to complete mid cycle dry rot inspection.  Bids have been reviewed and the contractor selected.  The contract is currently under revision for signature.  Work will be scheduled after the contract is signed.

Third Mutual Prior to Paint Dry Rot Repairs:

2014 Paint and Prior to Paint Programs: Non-structural repairs are completed on all buildings and all buildings have been painted. There are 30 structural repairs pending at various locations. Of those repairs, 2 projects are assigned to in-house crews with 1 project waiting for City plan check/permit issuance and 1 project in progress.  The remaining 28 projects are assigned to outside contractors, with 12 projects in progress and 16 common wall projects on hold.

2015 Paint and Prior to Paint Programs: There are 147 residential buildings on the Mutual’s 2015 Paint Program. Non-structural repair work on those buildings commenced in November and is complete on 68 buildings and in progress on CDS 324.  Structural repairs have been completed on 43 buildings in the first 18 cul de sacs/groupings on the Paint Program Schedule. The remainder of those buildings are waiting for revised engineering plans or city plan check/permit issuance. Painting of buildings has been completed in first 12 cul de sacs/groupings and is in progress in the 13th cul de sac/grouping.

United Project Updates

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.  Closed bids are in from potential contractors, and Staff is scheduling a bid opening with Board members.

ULWM Walkway Lighting: Lighting improvements in the five cul-de-sacs (6, 34, 63, 95, 210) were complete as of October 8.  During the September Walkway Lighting Subcommittee meeting, the Committee requested Staff continue on light improvements in ten additional cul-de-sacs: 3, 19, 24, 39, 49, 52, 56, 91, 93, and 209.

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.

The Walkway Lighting program is in full production and on schedule to be completed by the end of 2015.

Working in CDS: 8 (Section 1)

Completed CDS installations: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 50, 63, 95, 204, 205, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211 (43 CDSs)

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:

2014 Paint and Prior to Paint Programs: Non-structural repairs are completed on all buildings and all buildings were painted. There are 26 smaller scale structural repairs pending at various locations.  All of these repairs are either waiting on plan preparation or City plan check/permit issuance or are in varying stages of construction.

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. There are 116 residential buildings on the Mutual’s 2015 Paint Program. Non-structural repair work on those buildings commenced in November and is complete on 64 buildings and in progress on 6 buildings.  Structural repairs have been completed on all buildings in the first cul de sac.  Permit work in the second cul de sac is complete on 9 buildings and in progress on 4 buildings. Structural repairs for buildings in third and fourth cul de sacs are waiting on plan preparation and City plan check/permit issuance.  Painting of buildings has been completed in the first four cul de sacs and is almost complete in the fifth cul de sac (CDS 22).  Preparation for painting (power washing, etc.) has begun in the sixth cul de sac (CDS 23).

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: : Regarding United Mutual water heater electrical upgrades, 6,265 manors have been completed.  Due to compliance related issues or additional work required, the Board of Directors approved Resolution 01-15-32 authorizing the completion of the remaining 117 water heater electrical upgrades. Nine of those upgrades have been completed thus far.

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

Staff will be working with the El Toro Water District to submit an application on behalf of United Mutual in May 2015 for any additional rebate funding available for Fiscal Year 2015/2016 qualified toilet replacements.

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.  Corbel work is completed on all buildings.  During the course of corbel repair work, dry rot and/or termite damage was identified in structural components of balconies at 20 locations.  Repairs to balconies have been completed at 9 locations.  Repairs have commenced on 8 locations (7 buildings).  The 3 remaining locations are waiting on City plan check/permit issuance.

City of Laguna Woods Project Updates

Moulton Widening:

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: 06/24/2015

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