Aquarius 40 Years ReCertification Travails – June 2018

Aquarius 40 Years ReCertification Travails
June 2018

The 40 Year Recertification work at Aquarius has 2 main components: (1) Concrete Work of Towers and East Deck.  There are two other items provisioned by the Special Assessment 2017: (1) Elevators renewal and (2) Hallways remodeling.  These are not discussed in this post.

Conclusion best estimate

Master Schedule presentation date:      Expected Conclusion date:
Towers work
: September 2017    ……….        January 8, 2019
………………………June 2018          …………..        March 14, 2019   updated 

Expected South Tower completion: August 10, 2018

Deck & Pool Work: September 2017  …..      November 26, 2018
……………………………….May 2018   …………….   November 26, 2018   updated

This post presents 4 photos galleries of the exterior concrete reconstruction.  The galleries show some of what is already accomplished in the North and South Tower and the East Deck. The Valet Deck and the West Pool Deck was addressed from 2009 and work completed late 2015. They are not the target of this exercise.

At the end of the post the most recent Master Schedule (Critical Path Method) may be seen in simplified form.

Photo Galleries:

  1. South Tower North Face. Stacks 2 and 3 already have Glass Railings, floor and soffit done. The return to the dwellers may happen before August 2018. Click or tap any photo and start the slideshow.  (8 photos)

 

2. Aquarius South Tower South Face side. Stacks 6 and 7 already have their Glass Railings and may return to the use of the residents as soon as all finishes are complete and the Hillman Engineering approves the work. Click or tap any photo to start the slideshow. (3 photos)

3. North Tower: The balconies of all 4 corner units are demolished. The work of forms for the concrete is already in progress. The Apartments of lines 06, 07, 02 and 03 have their windows protected by plywood and the demolition has started.  (2 photos)

4. East Deck. The East Deck has part of the concrete slab ready. The Swimming pool shell has its concrete structure curing and planters of the North Side of the deck are advancing. The water proofing has been completed for these planters. (4 pictures). Click or tap any photo to start the slideshow.

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Aquarius ReCertification Master Schedules update Towers & Balconies

Aquarius ReCertification
Master Schedules update   Towers & Balconies        June 12th., 2018

 

Master Schedule of Aquarius Towers and Balconies 40 ReCertification Exercise update 6/12/2018

 

Previous Schedules

May 31 2017 partial           90 days schedule

October 22, 2017               Towers & Balconies

November 1st, 2017          East Deck and Swimming Pool

November 11, 2017           Towers & Balconies

December 13, 2017           Towers & Balconies

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Aquarius ReCertification Master Schedules update E. Deck

Aquarius ReCertification Master Schedules update East Deck of May 16, 2018

Master Schedule of Aquarius East Deck and Swimming Pool 40 ReCertification Exercise update

Previous Schedules

May 31 2017 partial           90 days schedule

October 22, 2017               Towers & Balconies

November 1st, 2017          East Deck and Swimming Pool

November 11, 2017           Towers & Balconies

December 13, 2017           Towers & Balconies

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I really do care, shouldn’t you?

I really do care,
shouldn’t you?

 

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Fourth of July at Aquarius

  Fourth of July at Aquarius

 

Come to celebrate with the Community

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Father’s Day June 17, 2018

Father’s Day June 17, 2018

 

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Beach Cleaning: It is Turtle Season

This gallery contains 11 photos.

Beach Cleaning: It is Turtle Season From May to October it is turtle nesting season. A clean beach and no lights night time are a great help for the reproduction cycle and survival of the species. With the purpose to … Continue reading

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Memorial Day at Aquarius May 2018

This gallery contains 16 photos.

Memorial Day at Aquarius May 28th, 2018 several members of the Aquarius Condominium Community got together to celebrate in honor of the heroes fallen while servicing the Country armed forces. The dinner feast prepared by Peter Perrone of our Acqua … Continue reading

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Impact Windows: Are Prices Going Up?

Impact Windows: Are Prices Changing? Cost increase in the new future?

 

The following message was sent by J. Scott Sandstorm, the Principal of Action Windows and Glass:

” Can you please send out an email if possible. My manufacturer is holding our prices for your building only until 30 June. If anyone wants to order they will hold the price till 30 June? Thank you

Scott  (954) 294-3553      “”

If the Impact Windows contract is signed before the end of the month of June the published prices will be maintained.

Click here for the estimated prices practiced by Scott Sandstorm and several other vendors.

Impact Windows: Price Estimates from some Vendors

Other links related to Impact Windows hurricane proof:

In February 2018 about 75 Aquarius apartments had Impact Windows. Since them additional more than 30 have had their windows hurricane “proof” installed.

Specifications for the installation of impact windows at Aquarius

Should I have Impact Windows? 

https://aquariusuno.com/floor-plans/aquarius-apartment-windows-specifications/

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Johnny Carson is posing as Ronald Reagan preparing himself for a press conference. It is a spoof on the famous Abbott & Costello “Who’s On First” routine. Except this time it is Hu (premier of China), Watt (Sec of Interior, James Watt), Where, Y (YMCA), and Yassir (Arafat). Fred Holliday (born Fred Grossinger) is the actor playing Reagan’s Chief of Staff.

Impossible not laugh!

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson   – 1962 to 1992

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Aquarius and Comcast/Xfinity: New Agreement

Aquarius and Comcast/Xfinity: New Agreement is not very far away

 

Out of the 12 TV and Internet services providers in our area Aquarius Board of Directors invited 3 vendors to offer their proposals. AT&T, Atlantic Broadband and Comcast/Xfinity presented their offerings.

Comcast/Xfinity was considered the best offer. The final contract is in advanced phase of detail pending some plans review and Aquarius Legal counsel exam. What is new and it is likely to happen?

Highlights of the Contract

All information subject to change. This is 
provided as a general headsup and can 
not be considered final until the 
contract is signed.
Service New Contract Existing Contract
Cost (rounded) $ 70 plus tax $ 30
Term 5 years from 2018 Expired
TV Channels Line up 200 channels and music same
Premium Channel HBO Showtime
High Definition Serv. 1080 or 720 Included no
Internet 60 Mbps included no

Equipment part of the Contract with Comcast

Equipment – included no cost New Contract Existing Contract
DVR Set Top Box records programs 1 no
Set Top Box 1 (access DVR recording) 1
DTA 1 HD Capable 2 Standard Definition 480
Operating System X1 with voice recognition included X1 the same but requires DVR box, additional fee

Additional Services not in the contract but available:

Additional Services available:       All optional requiring additional fees that are responsibility of the individual owner/resident.
Premium Channels: Starz, Showtime, Cinemax etc. Cost varies, bundles, promotions change every month.
Foreign Channels: broad selection and larger TV line up Cost varies, per region, per country, per package
Higher Speed Internet higher speed higher cost
Land Line Telephone, per line  $25
Additional TV outlets Cost  TBA
Surveillance/Security Services Cost  TBA

Details

Additional Details
Sign up bonus $150 per household
Annual  Cost Escalation clause Up to 4% per year
Installation services $ 200.000 (two hundred thousand dollars) to bring cables inside the building according City Code. Cost to be covered entirely  by Comcast. No onus to Aquarius.⊗
Installation services To done as part of the contract improving the actual external cables and boxes.

⊗     Comcast offered this as part of the Contract Renewal with Aquarius to make a code complaint installation of all cabling to be brought inside the building. Comcast set aside, out of their own “Construction” budget $200.000.00 (two hundred thousand dollars) that is being left on the table. Some members of the Board did not approve this work  for the reason that inside the apartments this new installation could disrupt the decoration. Their assumption being that the new cables would run outside the walls and not inside the walls.

To run any cables inside the walls the solution is “fishing” the cables as any competent installer could do. A project like that would could run as high as $ 150.00 depending on the complexity of the job.

What is being done instead? The cables will continue to run along the external walls of the property and Comcast will install new cable canopies to hide the cables.


Some Questions people ask:

When the new contract is going to be signed?  There is not fixed date but it could occur before 60 days.

AT&T has wired fiberglass the entire building. What will happen with this installation?  This network is available for any individual to contract with AT&T. AT&T services are an additional option for any owner. At the moment the offer of both companies are very similar. The future may bring developments such as gigabit internet speeds that one of the vendors would not offer. Technology moves at very rapid pace. Options are good.

If I do not want any additional service besides the package being negotiated by Aquarius will I still get an individual bill from Comcast/Xfinity?   No. You will not pay anything else. All the cost will be included in your Regular Assessment (maintenance).

Presently the cables coming into my apartment unit run outside and far away from the existing canopies. Will my internal cables be changed?  In order to avoid the cables running wild around the building the entry point must be very close to the canopies. If this is not your case the answer is possibly yes. But the “fishing”(running the cables inside the wall or under the molding)  is always a possibility. This would hide any cable to inside the walls. It is expected that Comcast will do some “cable fish.” If this does not occur any competent electrician can complete the project is a few hours and for a reasonable cost.

I understand that the future of cable TV is fiber. Comcast still has very little fiberglass services. At Aquarius they are offering not fiber. Are we running the risk of hiring obsolete technology? It is true that  fiber seems to be the direction of the industry and wireless is going to 5G LTE – so TV programming could arrive via these vehicles in a few years. In any case Comcast has made great advances with DOCSIS 3.1 platform. Comcast is already able  to provide gigabit speeds in the internet and handle Ultra High Definition 4K programing. Aquarius is not likely to suffer from any technological obsolescence by hiring Comcast as it internet/TV service provider — at least in the next five years.

I have my own modem and my own router. What happens now? Comcast will provide, as part of the contract, new Set Top TV boxes, DVRs, DTAs and Modem/Router (WI-FI wireless enabled). All this equipment is part of the agreement and its cost is part of the contract. Probably there will be little use for the equipment you now own.

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There is some mention to fish the cables, could we have an exemple?  Check the video clip:

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