Are we there yet?
40 Year ReCertification Exercise Master Schedules: September & October 2018
Are we there yet? This is a question that we very often hear when traveling with the family.
At Aquarius it is not different. Everybody is anxious to have their balconies back, the pools open and the silence, peace and absence of dust. This post has the latest schedule presented by the construction firm in charge of the Aquarius 40 Year Recertification project Structural Preservation Systems. This schedule was not formally vetted by the Technical Responsible and General Project Manager Hillman Engineering. Of course it is not finally accepted by the Aquarius Condominium Association.
Is the project progressing in a satisfactory pace? You are the judge.
The schedules are in four pages bellow. One for the South Tower, another for the North Tower and two pages for the East Deck. Please exam these schedules in detail.
Towers and Deck Master Schedules expected completion final dates according a previous estimate and the most recent available:
October 2017: Deck: November 26, 2018 Towers: January 11, 2019
September 2018: Deck: December 25, 2018 Towers: April 4, 2019
Delta from earlier schedule: Deck: One Month Towers: Three Months
Aquarius South Tower – Schedule of September 26, 2018:
Aquarius North Tower – Schedule of September 26, 2018:
Aquarius East Deck Master Schedule of October 3, 2018, page 1 of 2
Aquarius East Deck Master Schedule of October 3, 2018, page 2 of 2
Relocating is also part of the 3 R’s
Reduce, reuse and recycle. These are the 3 R’s for a greener and happier planet. Here is a small example:
There were 3 very large planters that were destined to be sent to the trash landfill. The owners didn’t want them anymore. They were left in our construction area of the East Pool Deck for several months. We had the idea to relocate the planters into the West Parking Lot across the South Ocean Drive. There are grass areas the lost their protective curb. The vehicular traffic is creating ponds of rain water. Besides these areas are a danger for drivers and pedestrians. How about taking the planters to these new location? The project took some months. Finally after some persistent requests the planters were moved. Have you noticed them?
Planter number one in three steps:
Planter number two. Before and after a little TLC:
And Planter number three: just a little topsoil and not much elese done but it is still OK:
Now it is time to keep fertilizing and watch nature take its course. What was the cost to Aquarius? None, nada, zilch. All work of an anonymous donor.
Florence, Isaac, Helene: Are we protected at Aquarius?
September 10, 2018
These big storms march close to the United States. Florence is to hit the Carolinas coast before the end of the week (September 13 or 14, 2018). Isaac and Helene should not be a serious threat to Southern Florida as the forecasts of today.
What are the concerns at Aquarius?
The North Tower is fully protected by its Storm Windows, Metal Shutters and Construction Plywood. If you live in the North Tower make and you have Metal Shutters make sure they are easy to close, they lock properly so you are not left without protection. Impact Windows just must be properly closed.
How about the South Tower? Impact Windows? Not to worry. The Metal Shutters that were removed are being put back according to plan. There is a contractor in the property working to put everything according the Florida and City of Hollywood construction code. What if a storm strikes and there is not Shutters in place yet? The Aquarius Management is prepared to install plywood protection in all windows that still require shielding.
Let’s relax and hope for the better.
If you are out-of-town and still have Metal Shutters ask a neighbor to make sure your Shutters are in top condition closed and locked. By the way: nobody is supposed to leave town without closing and locking his/hers metal Shutters. This is procedure to be taken seriously year round. This does not protect just your unit. This protects the entire building.
Miami will be underwater soon.
Its drinking water could go first.
Click HERE for the article
By Christopher Favelle
Photographs by Anastasia Samoylova
Bloomberg Businessweek, September 3, 2018
Aquarius Beach Access Alternative
In October of 2017 we had the first proposal for the stairs leading to the beach from the Aquarius East deck. You can review them here.
Given the high cost and some anticipated permit difficulties the Engineering and Construction firms conducting the 40 Year Recertification exercise presented an alternative. This is a wood structure that goes in the North to South direction as the present concrete stairs go. The present concrete stairs structure besides having some structural issues do not conform with the Florida Construction Code enforced by the City of Hollywood.
Click any photo to see the full set of renditions of the new proposal in a slideshow format:
John McCain was buried at the cemetery of the Naval Academy, Annapolis MD, September 02, 2018. He was a Senator, a Soldier, a War Hero. His name was synonymous of Honor, Valor, Country before Party, Principle before Politics. He leaves a enormous space that will be hard to fill up. Here a small sample of his dignity, integrity and generosity.
Aquarius Gym new equipment
Our new fitness equipment is ready to use. Check it out. Looks like we have some great physical fitness equipment.
Have you seen the new machines?
Our neighbor and fitness enthusiast Orlando Herrera can give you some help with the use of the equipment. He is in the GYM early in the morning several days of the week. If you cannot find him you could call him on tel. 786-326-6586. Orlando is a fellow Aquarius resident that as helped in convincing the BOD to acquire these new machines. He took the lead in the selection and negotiation during the entire procurement process.
He is a fitness expert. Please be mindful that he is a fellow neighbor with a generous volunteer drive. Please use discretion in appealing for his assistance.