The building entrance walkway and lobby area are primarily supported by a slab-on-grade, while units at grade are supported by a suspended slab. The below-grade parking garage structure is cast-in place reinforced concrete, non-combustible construction (suspended-slab over concrete columns and perimeter foundation walls). There is also a partially enclosed parking structure at grade, on the north side of the building, with access from the alley.
Hardwood Manor is a 6-storey building, it has 22 residential units and it was originally constructed in 1983.
The existing building envelope systems to be renovated consisted of:
The Project Scope
The old building envelope systems were allowing unintended water ingress at some locations of the building that was resulting in damage to the existing light steel framing structure. In addition, some building envelope components were aged and no longer capable of providing sufficient durability and performance.
As a result of these factors a comprehensive and systematic targeted renovation of the building exterior walls, roof and roof decks was required.
The intent of this project was to renew and revitalize the exterior performance and appearance of the building including the change in cladding systems at specified locations.
The Challenges & Results
Even though we encountered several challenges, we managed to complete the project successfully and only with a 2 months delay.
What were our challenges?
We encountered a significant amount of heavily corroded structural steel stud and steel framing repairs on several areas of this project, that was unforeseen.
How did we make it work?
We were able to remove all the existing cladding on the building and expose everything. Then we completed all the steel stud framing repairs in approximately 2 months while working on our base scope contract. This process was designed and reviewed by a structural engineer from our project consultant partners – BC Building Science Ltd.
What Our Clients Say!
New City was the chief contractor on the major renovations to our Vancouver West End building in 2019/2020. They and their teams transformed the 1980’s-era building from a rather run-down structure to a beautiful, modern-looking condominium. The work included new doors and windows, a rain-screened exterior, patios, decks, balconies and roof renewals, landscaping, and many unexpected structural repairs. It was all done with expertise in full consultation with strata council. Their professionalism, attention to detail and communication was exceptional.