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Architectural Review Construction Committee
Keeping the Wheels on the Wagon
Following a year of hard work and research by Nancy Seltzer’s Decorating Committee, the board considered how to schedule renovations overwhelmingly endorsed by unit owners in a late summer referendum – without financially burdening members with simultaneous assessments for concrete restoration and common area improvements. Since special pricing negotiated by the committee was subject to a deadline, the Board decided to first complete the interior upgrades.
Functioning like air conditioners in reverse, heat pumps use a refrigerant to capture heat in the outside air and transfer it to the pool. To minimize power needs, three serially connected pumps operate in tandem. If the water temperature doesn’t appreciably increase shortly after the first heat pump is turned on, a second pump will automatically initiate as well. When the ambient temperature is so cold that both pumps still prove inadequate, a third pump is triggered.
Once the targeted temperature is reached, it is maintained by a single pump cycling on and off, minimizing the power draw. Since the cost of electricity used to power the heat pumps is almost 40% less than the cost of gas consumed by a fuel-burning heater, the savings is significant. Several vendor proposals were solicited in early March. Consulting with manufacturer AquaCal and our engineer, Knox Pools replaced the damaged heat pump with a quieter – yet more powerful – new model, restoring our balmy pool temperature.
Working together, Charlie, Engineer John Evans and the Coastal crew accurately estimated the exact location of the sub-surface breach. The 48-year-old heavily eroded iron pipe was exposed and replaced. As a precaution, the site was left open for two weeks, in case the new pipe needed adjustment. Finally, the repair was filled with cement and painted. Although no blockages have since been reported, if the bathroom’s electric service is sufficient, replacing paper towels with an electric hand dryer may help prevent future clogs.
Balconies and Building Columns
Evans began compiling a “Balcony Book” in November 2016, a ledger documenting the structural details of every Regency Tower balcony as well as eroded building columns. Vendors use the Balcony Book to craft competitive proposals. When the project is authorized, those bids will anchor the first official report. Thank you for your kind attention.
Signs - Carol Rigney and Nancy met with Fast Signs on Friday morning. They ordered the signs for the office, Rendezvous Room, Mail Room, Fitness Center, Game Room and Laundry Center as well as the security desk and personnel. They are waiting for the proofs from Fast Signs.
Miscellaneous tiles in the hallway. Nancy is still waiting for the quote from Advanced Fire for the movement of the smoke alarms. Once that is received, we can schedule the installation of the remaining ceiling tiles.
Mats for the side entrances are at the building. We are just waiting for the painting to be completed to put them down.
Bathrooms - The light fixture in the ladies room needs to be moved by Top Dog Electric and the bathrooms still need to pass inspection. The building is working on the items identified by the inspector.
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