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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.

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

Gate 7 Renovation: The Board approved replacing Gatehouse 7 due to the extensive dry rot and termite damage that was discovered during the planter removal.  The project will include a new gatehouse, a speed table with pavers at the entrance, modifying the sidewalk, wall upgrades and parking stalls for ADA compliance, new landscaping and relocating the Security radio equipment to the Gate 14 Head-end Building.  The Contractor has completed staging Gate 7 for construction.  The Contractor received the temporary certificate of occupancy (TCO) and the gate ambassadors are utilizing the new gatehouse.  The Contractor still has to finalize site work, the wall on the exit side and 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 vendor has begun installing the new controllers at Clubhouse 3 and the work is expected to be complete by April 2014

Clubhouse 1 Pool Re-plastering: The Board approved re-plastering the Clubhouse 1 pool in the 2014 Capital Plan.  This work will be done during the regularly scheduled pool closure from March 17, 2014 to April 27, 2014.  The contract has been signed and plaster removal began Monday March 31st.  The Contractor is working on prepping the pool for new plaster.

Phase 2 Golf Cart Path along Hole 9: The extended golf cart path at Hole 9 along Moulton Parkway is complete.

GRF Alternative Energy Ad Hoc Committee:

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

1.     Request for proposals from vendors to install a fuel cell on the Community Center building.

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.

The next Ad Hoc meeting is Thursday April 24th at 9:30 a.m. in the Sycamore Room.

Recreation Master Plan: 

GRF approved implementing the Recreation Master Plan with an appropriation of $18,717,500.  Garden Center 3 was discussed at the March Recreation Master Plan Ad Hoc Committee.  The Committee directed Staff to obtain a cost for a consultant to prepare the preliminary design of Garden Center 3.  The next meeting is Wednesday April 16th at 1:30 pm in Board room.  Garden Center 3 Preliminary Design and the Clubhouse 2 destructive testing will be discussed at the next meeting.  Below is a status update on the approved projects:

Gate 12 Main Lounge: The Consultant is working on the Construction Documents for the project.  The City is currently reviewing the Gate 12 Site Development Permit.  The interior finishes were approved at the February 19th meeting.

Gate 16 Fitness Center: The GRF Board approved an indoor pool at the Fitness Center at their March 4th Board meeting.  The Consultant is working on the plans for the project.

Property Services Operational Review: The GRF Board approved performing an operational review of Property Services department.   The contract has been signed and the Consultant has started interviewing Staff for the review.  The Consultant has also obtained various reports and begun to review processes to compile their report.

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 and B5510 and B3244

The Third Board moved the remaining buildings until the beginning of 2014, B5499,

Under Construction: B3243 Additional dry rot repairs. Approximate completion date: April 21, 2014

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

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

Under Construction:  B4013

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 will begin late March 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:

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)

Building 2355

Under Construction:

Building 2353 Start date: April 10, 2014     


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 1,562 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 on Februrary 12, 2014.  During that meeting 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 is currently finalizing the purchasing of the appropriate LED bulbs.

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.

Staff is currently finalizing the contracts for consultants to begin the engineering for the remaining buildings of the 2011 mid paint cycle inspection.

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 replacement of an additional bridge at B614 have been approved by the City.  This bridge is scheduled to be replaced in late April or early May.  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 11,500 linear feet of liner has been installed in 215 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 5,626 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 widening of Moulton Parkway for the County’s SMART Street project continues.

Moulton Widening extends from the bus stop just north of El Toro Road to Santa Maria along Moulton Parkway. The construction for the project is being overseen by the County of Orange.

The Contractor is working on landscaping, the punchlist and work off of the roadway.  Phase 5 work began in December and includes the chain link fence replacement and sidewalk widening adjacent to the 23-acre site.  The Contractor is expected to wrap up Phase 5 in late April after the landscaping and sidewalk are constructed.  There will be the following lane closures Moulton Parkway:

Northbound #3 lane along the golf course will be temporarily closed between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm as needed.

Southbound #3 lane from Santa Maria to Laguna Woods Self Storage will be temporarily closed between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm as needed. 

Southbound #3 lane, from El Toro Road to Pacific Hills Calvary Church will remain closed 24 hours until Phase 5 is complete.  The tunnel under Moulton is now open.

Updates on the project will be posted on the Laguna Woods Village and City of Laguna Woods website.

Edison (SCE) Vault Replacement:

Edison has completed the five vault replacements in the #3 lane of Northbound Moulton Parkway.


Composed: 01/27/2011 | Modified: 04/04/2014
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