About Erickson Tower
Erickson Tower is a cast-in-place reinforced concrete apartment building constructed in 1981. The property is nestled against the lush green hills of Burnaby, British Columbia at Lougheed Village. The building comprises a 20-level tower of 112 residential units, each featuring bright, spacious rooms and breathtaking views. Erickson Tower provides its residents convenient access to schools, shops, transportation, recreation, and other amenities, all of which are just short strolls away from the property.
The Need: Renew Erickson Tower’s building envelope components
In line with their building enclosure rehabilitation program, Erickon Tower’s owners and managers sought to protect and augment the durability of moisture-sensitive substrates and concrete structural components. They also wanted to enhance the thermal performance of the glazed fenestration, repair any failing concrete components, improve the thermal comfort of their residents, and modernize the building’s aesthetics. Typical remediation practices were no longer viable, as the existing envelope components rendered the scope of repairs far beyond what can be considered as routine maintenance.
The Action: Building envelope renewal and waterproofing that stand the tests of time
New City worked to renew the building’s envelope components, which included:
- Balcony waterproofing and guardrail replacement
- Overcladding of all exposed exterior concrete walls
- Cladding replacement of stucco-clad walls
- Replacement of all exterior windows, sliding doors, and other entrances
- Painting and sealant renewal
- Replacement of courtyard waterproofing membrane
- Installation of traffic deck coating
- Concrete repairs at the courtyard and parkade
- Removal and renovation of corroded steel stud framing
- Surface preparation of existing concrete walls
- Protection, removal, and reinstallation of existing fixtures, furniture, and other equipment
The Result: Quality craftsmanship delivered 4 months ahead of schedule
We were able to accomplish all the work four months ahead of schedule. We overcame many complications — conflicts in schedules, priorities in the workload, and a tricky scope of work.
We also came into the property and were initially met with skepticism due to their bad experience with the previous contractor. We took them as an opportunity to prove that New City not only provides quality craftmanship, but also builds strong relationships with the community. The key was to be proactive and responsive — whether to the tenants’ feedback, the Strata’s questions, or the engineers’ queries. It was a definite win for us that we’ve earned their trust and bounce back from an unfortunately sour experience from the past. The building’s new aesthetics also stood out in the community and drew people’s attention to its modern and chic look.
We are also proud of our long-term relationships with our trades and subcontractors who made it all happen. It’s these human relationships that helped us build a stronger and safer future for Erickson Tower.