We would like to inform residents that the City of Calgary is finally giving us our Building Permit so we can start renovations in the Clubhouse basement. It has been a long involved process, but we are finally here.
Work is scheduled to begin the week of May 15. There may come a time when the Clubhouse building access, or basement will be off limits as safety will be a concern. Please be aware of any notices on the Clubhouse doors related to non-entry and obey them.
We have instructed the contractor that we don't want the laundry card system unavailable for any long period of time. The most involved aspect of the renovations is putting in additional supports for main hallway wall move to open up more usable space.
We would also like to mention once again that no one should be going into the walled off portion of the basement. Some people have been roaming around on the construction side and even turning off hallway lights. Please stop doing this! This for the safety and well being of all residents.
Paperwork has been filed with the City for our building permit, and the City estimates it will be 21 days until they can give us our permit. Tentative date for permit April 26, 2017.
Architects have now produced a report on the Clubhouse and what items need adjustment to our renovations plans. These modifications will be made to our application to the city for permits. Our next step is a mechanical overview and plans for heating ducts and furnaces that are coming of age. The property is looking at provincial rebates through Ecofit for furnaces. More updates to come.
Until full renovations are able to start, we have made the gym available for Southampton Green residents. A temporary wall has been built to block off the construction zone area and for your own safety we ask that residents stay within the stairs / hallway / gym area.
Unfortunately the squash courts are still unavailable as that area is being used for storage.
Clubhouse Renovation Update
We understand that residents, like us, are anxious to have the facilities available on a full-time basis and the Board is moving as quickly as possible.
We are pleased to announce that after meeting with and receiving quotes from five highly reputable companies, the board has awarded the renovation contract to Tayo Construction. Tayo placed a competitive bid and has a strong track record with Southampton Green, often going the extra mile to ensure the work is done right and on schedule. Over the past year, they have repaired the leaking Clubhouse exterior and poured the concrete patio pads for first level units.
In addition to the structural engineer who created the plans and supported the bid process, we have a mechanical engineer and architect creating certified plans for the permit process. Through the bidding and heating system review processes, we uncovered unexpected challenges that need to addressed.
- Commercial permits: Through a variety of conversations with trades and contractors, we were made aware that the Clubhouse may be considered a commercial building and the permitting process has more rigor. Our architect has been through the building and met with a board representative this week. Through this discussion, the architect advised the Clubhouse wouldn't be considered commercial and we can apply for permits under regular housing code. Once the full plans have been submitted to the city, we will then know where we stand. The timeline for permit approval is four to six weeks. After that, construction can begin.
- Heating systems: As the systems re quite old, our mechanical engineer along with the architect will look at our heating system to see what needs revisions and reworking, and what doesn't, to make the best and most comfortable environment possible.
Until the project is finished and the Clubhouse is fully re-opened, we will send out monthly updates to keep you informed. If you have further questions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition to replying directly, we will include the information in our next update.
Thank you for your patience,
Southampton Green Board of Directors