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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.
Residents will have notices posted at their manors and temporary no parking signs will be posted around the Housing Mutual CDSs and GRF areas to be worked.
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 next meeting is September 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm in the Board Room.
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 plans have been approved by the City and bids are being evaluated. Construction is anticipated in late summer/early fall of this year.
Par 3 Golf Course Bridge: GRF approved replacing the damaged bridge at the Par 3 Golf Course as a 2014 Miscellaneous Project. Bridge removal and replacement occurred on July 30th and the handrails were installed on August 27th. The final bridge concrete top coat was applied on September 2nd, and the elastomeric deck coating will be applied in early October.
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.
GRF Alternative Energy Ad Hoc Committee: At the recent GRF Energy Committee meeting, the Committee directed 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. The Committee made an endorsement to the Board for their October 7th meeting to allocate funding for an alternative energy consultant.
Sample LED lights were installed in Clubhouse 5 parking lot for Committee review. After a site visit, the Committee directed Staff to prepare a subject report for installing lights throughout the entire Clubhouse 5 parking lot. The Committee made an endorsement to the Board for their October 7th meeting to install LED lights in 26 of the 44 Clubhouse 5 parking lot light fixtures.
Sample LED lights have been installed in the Community Center Sycamore Room for Committee review. After a site visit the Committee directed Staff to prepare a subject report to install LED lights in the Community Center Sycamore Room. The Committee directed Staff to monitor the lights in the room for a month and provide feedback to the Committee.
The next Ad Hoc meeting is Thursday, October 2 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: An Executive Summary and full report was presented by the Consultant to the GRF Board at a special meeting on August 28, 2014. Staff and the consultant responded to questions from Board members. The report has been issued to all Board members. At the direction of GRF, Staff will analyze and prepare report(s) based on the recommendations provided by the Consultant for the Board’s consideration.
Village Greens Bar: The Village Greens permanent bar is complete with minor punch list items remaining. The bar will open for service once contract negotiations with MBT, the restaurant operator, are complete.
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.
Under construction: Garden Villa dry rot beam replacements have been completed for 2014. The 2015 program begins in January (B969, B3499, B5370, B5372, B5511, B5519).
Third Mutual LH21 Stairway Beam Replacements:
Beam replacements were completed in 2013 at B4001, B4002, B4003, B4004, and B4005
Under construction: B3498, B3510
Structural engineering completed and construction to be scheduled: B4012, B4013, B4014, B4015, B4025, B4026, and B5369 (7 buildings)
Elevator Replacement Program: .
The elevator replacement program is underway, with the elevators at B2353, B2385, B3241, B3242, B3421, B3486, B3498 and B4013 (8 buildings) having been completed, and the elevator at B3371 is under construction. B5515 is scheduled for October 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.
TLHM 3-Story Fire Alarm Upgrade Program Fire alarm upgrades in 18 buildings were completed in 2013, and alarm upgrades in 18 buildings are planned for 2014 as well. The 2014 Fire Alarm Upgrade Program for 3-story buildings was delayed due to OCFA plan review, but is now underway with B3366, B3367, and B3371 having been completed, and B3486, B3498, B3500, B3501, B3510, B4001, and B4002 under construction. Construction remains for B4003, B4004, B4005, B4012, B4013, B4014, B4015, and B4025.
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
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
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
B2297, B2314, B2315, B2318, B2321, B2353, B2354, B2355, B2402, B3000, B3212, B3516 (12 buildings) lining has been completed. B2302 lining is underway (on hold due to medial condition).
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
Inspection 2014: B5302, B5028, B5081, B5013, B5045
Storm water management work implemented as a result of 2010 storm events: The Board appropriated funds for construction work from the El Toro Tunnel to the outlet near Building 2390 and the three arch pipes under CDS 219 between Buildings 2392 and 2393. Construction is in progress and is scheduled for completion in November 2014.
For CDSs 203, 219 and 221, the TLHM Board requested an additional hydrologic study be performed on the local storm drain pipes and catch basins located in front of the Garden Villa garages that tie into the main storm drain system (78-inch pipe and vegetated swale west of Via Mariposa West). The consultant who designed the major storm drain changes from El Toro tunnel to CDS 219 was hired to identify each catch basin’s tributary area, and develop recommendations for improvements along with estimated costs.
The Board approved a supplemental appropriation to fund the project. A civil engineer has started the construction document preparation and is scheduled to have a submittal package to the City by the end of September. The documents will then be bid with the goal of completing the project in November 2014.
The work will occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and occasional Saturday work may be required. The construction process will not limit access to homes in CDS 219. This work is scheduled to occur at CDS 219 through November 2014.
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 1,987 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.
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 scheduled dates for this work:
2011 Mid Cycle Paint Inspection Design Project: Structural engineering plans – Sep/Oct 2014
2011 Mid Cycle Paint Inspection Construction Project: November 2014 through March 2015
2012 Mid Cycle Paint Inspection Design Project: Structural engineering plans – November 2014
2012 Mid Cycle Paint Inspection Construction Project: December 2014 through March 2015
2015 Dry Rot Inspection Report: Field Inspections and reports – September 2014
2015 Dry Rot Inspection Design Project: Structural engineering plans – Sep/Oct 2014
ULWM Walkway Lighting: In August, the United Board approved continuing with lighting improvements in five additional cul-de-sacs: 6, 34, 63, 95 and 210. Improvements include replacing the existing fixture with a similar looking fixture (including all the louvers), and installing new LED bulbs in the existing fixtures. As directed by the Board the improvements will be done by in-house Staff. Work is scheduled to begin in CDS 63 (the largest CDS).
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.
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.
2015 Prior-to-Paint Dryrot Engineering: Engineering is in progress for the structural repairs identified during the 2011 mid paint cycle. The first batch of drawings has been approved by the City and has been given to the Prior-to-Paint crews.
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 September. 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 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 12,400 linear feet of liner has been installed in 235 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 6,064 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. United Mutual chose to obtain compliancy within the next four years by replacing non-compliant fixtures with high efficiency units. Staff is currently replacing non-compliant toilets with an approved 1.28 gpf toilet. Staff is also working on a subject report for the Mutual to review alternatives between a 1.28 gpf single flush unit and a 1.28 effective gpf dual flush unit for future replacements. Additionally, staff is researching the application process when installing high efficiency toilets through El Toro Water District and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California using the SoCal Water Smart rebate program. The toilets currently being installed and being considered are both on the SoCal Water Smart Qualifying Product List.
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: 05/13/2014
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