- Atlantic Oceanfront
- 4-story building with ground level parking garage
- Single-story common Clubhouse and pool
- Originally constructed in 2005
- 30 condominium units
- Wood framed construction
Residents of the building began experiencing multiple issues, including improper walkway waterproofing and deflection of structural beams. Fuller Group was retained on behalf of the Homeowner’s Association (HOA) to perform an investigation and provide a report summarizing our findings. We additionally served as an expert witness for the plaintiff while the project was in litigation against the developer, general contractor, and other defendants.
During the visual surveys conducted at the property, our design professionals identified locations at exterior walkways and balconies that exhibited water staining at metal soffit splices, deflection of beams, and compressed terminations at beam bearing points. Proceeding with destructive testing at these localized areas, our team determined that the beams were severely water damaged, notably along the bottom where the continuous metal soffit was installed. Many of the wood beams were nearing the point of collapse and were considered a life-safety hazard, prompting us to recommend that the building be vacated until shoring could be implemented. We immediately coordinated with the HOA and a qualified general contractor to design and implement temporary shoring at the elevated walkways and balconies.
With the HOA reaching a successful settlement in 2014, Fuller provided full architectural and structural engineering design services to repair the deficient elevated walkways and balconies. Repairs included reframing of walkways and balconies to provide proper slope, replacement of rotted beams, application of waterproofing, and addition of trench drains along exterior hallways.