New Holly Phase I Exterior RenovationNew Holly Phase I Exterior Renovation
01.02.17
New Holly Phase I Exterior Renovation
Charter Construction, OAC Architects and the Seattle Housing Authority will work together to complete the New Holly Phase 1 exterior renovation project over the next two years.  Originally built in the late 1990’s, New Holly is located on the site of Seattle’s original Holly Park affordable housing community that was built in the 1940’s. The 141-building complex features multiple two-story and freestanding residential structures and includes single family, duplexes, row houses and carriage houses.

During phase 1 of the New Holly construction project, the exterior building envelope will removed and upgraded to new hardie siding with a rainscreen system.  Roofs will also be demolished and reinstalled with new SBS modified asphalt shingle roofing system.  All windows will be removed and replaced with steel reinforced vinyl windows, wood decking, stairs and ramps will be replaced as well.  The new, energy-efficient windows, coupled with the installation of new exterior LED fixtures will help improve the energy rating of the community as well. 

Residents will remain in the units while construction is completed. Charter has taken special measures to ensure the safety of the residents while construction takes place.  Through the use of signage, newsletters and other tools, Charter will work diligently to communicate construction activities proactively ensuring a successful project for both the SHA and Charter’s project team.          


The Gregory CondominiumsThe Gregory Condominiums
05.01.16
The Gregory Condominiums
Built in 2000, the Gregory Condominiums is a 12-story condominium building with 133 residential units located in Portland’s desirable Pearl District neighborhood. This project features personnel from both Charter’s remediation team and special projects team and is essentially two projects being run simultaneously. Major defects in the building’s existing roof and deck membranes led to premature water intrusion throughout the upper levels of the building. Charter’s special projects team that manages plumbing defects and repairs removed and replaced water mains located throughout the building and on every corridor.

Logistics was a major challenge at the Gregory Condominiums project due to its busy urban location and occupied units. Charter developed a plan to limit disruption as much as possible to on-street traffic and pedestrians while repairs were made to the building’s exterior. Cranes were also used to remove the existing pavers and rock ballast and to hoist new materials into place. Charter’s remediation team performed targeted repairs to affected areas by removing the existing brick near deck intersections. Exterior sheathing and framing was inspected for rot and water damage and repaired as necessary and new flashing and waterproof membranes were installed. Crews also removed and reinstalled French doors to integrate with new waterproofing.

While Charter’s remediation team performed repairs to the exterior of The Gregory, the special projects team performed repairs to failed water mains located throughout the interior. Crews performed targeted sheetrock demolition in the occupied units and the building corridors to gain access to the failed pluming stacks. Special care was taken in each unit to limit impact and disruption as much as possible.

Charter’s homeowner liaison coupled with two experienced construction teams are ensuring that the Gregory Condominiums project will be completed on-time and within budget. With clear and prompt communication and an unrelenting desire to do whatever it takes, the residents at the Gregory can rest assured knowing their project is in good hands.


Vantage Point CondominiumsVantage Point Condominiums
04.22.16
Vantage Point Condominiums
Originally constructed in 1979, Vantage Point Condominiums will undergo a complete transformation to update its aging windows, failed cedar lap siding and roofing.  Located in the Renton Highlands, Vantage Point features ninety-six units across six buildings and a cabana building. 

Working with an extremely tight budget, Charter’s construction crews will begin a phased demolition across the property removing the cedar lap siding, decks, entry way landings and roofs while the units are occupied.   Inspections will be made and all necessary rot and structural repairs will be completed prior to the installation of the new hardie siding and energy-efficient windows.  

Extreme weather and age have taken a toll on many of the buildings at Vantage Point.  All entry way and stair structures will be demolished and completely rebuilt. The decks will be removed and reframed with new coatings and railings. The existing failed garden windows will also be removed and replaced with traditional windows.

Charter’s skilled project team will work closely with the homeowner’s association and architect to ensure the strict budget is adhered to while still delivering an above and beyond project that exceeds expectations and delivers value to its homeowners.   


Salmon Bay Marine Center: West Waterfront Phase 2Salmon Bay Marine Center: West Waterfront Phase 2
03.09.16
Salmon Bay Marine Center: West Waterfront Phase 2
Charter Construction is currently building the next phase at the Salmon Bay Marine Center, a 2-story, 16,500-square-foot VP metal shop building includes both workshop and office space and is scheduled for completion in early 2017. Charter Construction completed the first phase of the Salmon Bay Marine Center nearly 10 years ago and has since completed several additional phases, the most recent being a 25,000 SF metal shop building with workshop and office space. The Salmon Bay Marine Center is a waterfront facility catering to the moorage, maintenance, refit, and repair of world class yachts as well as office space for marine related businesses.


The Vaux CondominiumsThe Vaux Condominiums
02.14.16
The Vaux Condominiums
Located in Portland’s upscale Pearl District neighborhood, The Vaux Condominiums is a 2-building residential community with 144 occupied condominiums units. Shortly after construction was completed, the Victaulic plumbing components showed signs of wear and had started to degrade prematurely at the valves and couplings.

After an extensive investigation and a thorough plan of action was developed, Charter’s Special Projects Team replaced all plumbing components beginning at the building’s water main (where water enters the building) and continued throughout each building including the parking garages. Crews worked their way up to the fourth floor where the water supply feeds the heating units. All piping and Victaulic fittings were removed and replaced with Aquatherm pipes, a plumbing product developed in Germany with heat-fused sealing joints.

Charter’s project team worked closely with its in house design team to develop a solid strategy to install the new plumbing components in to the Vaux Condominiums. There were many challenges with this project, including working with the limited space throughout the building to run new plumbing stacks to main distribution blocks as well as the complex wall assemblies for plumbing routing.


Gallery In BelltownGallery In Belltown
10.12.15
Gallery In Belltown
Gallery In Belltown Condominiums, located in Seattle, WA is a 13-story, 231-unit residential high-rise that was built in 2008. Charter’s crews will perform extensive repairs to fix firestopping problems throughout the hallways, stairwells and units located within the building. Additional scope includes repairs to balconies, parking garage floors and glass curtain walls.

Charter will perform firestopping repairs by opening various gypsum walls and ceilings to access the areas of concern. Crews will install fire caulking in the affected areas, then replace and refinish the drywall. Five hundred pound concrete plank decks will be removed and reinstalled to perform sealant and foam repairs as well. Crews will remove window sections to install trickle vents in the curtain walls. New smaller IGU glass will be installed to accommodate the smaller window section. To repair the existing cracks in the garage, Charter’s crews will use a concrete injection system to fill in the cracks found throughout the underground garage.

The Gallery Belltown project will require careful coordination by Charter’s skilled team to ensure the fast paced schedule is met, while paying strict attention to safety while navigating the tricky jobsite. The dense urban location coupled with working in occupied units adds additional complexity to the project.


101 John Apartments101 John Apartments
09.17.15
101 John Apartments
Charter recently broke ground on its next commercial mixed use building located in Seattle’s lower Queen Anne neighborhood. 101 John is a six-story, concrete and wood framed building with 20 apartment units and two commercial spaces. The building features front bay windows that extend the first four stories of the building. Additional amenities include private decks, roof top deck access and a landscaped courtyard.


Waterfront LandingsWaterfront Landings
08.17.15
Waterfront Landings
Originally built in 1997, Waterfront Landings is a three building residential community located on Seattle’s waterfront. The property overlooks Elliot Bay and due to close proximity to the water, the age of the buildings and Seattle’s naturally wet climate, there will be substantial rot repair. Charter’s crews will remove the existing stucco siding. New stucco will be installed, but with a rain screen system for better breathability and airflow. The aging windows will be removed and replaced with new, high efficiency units and new deck coatings and railings will be installed.  

Keeping residents and pedestrians safe is the main focal point for Charter while construction progresses at the Waterfront Landings project. The 232 units will remain occupied during construction. The project location also makes the property a hot spot for walking to many of Seattle’s most exciting attractions including Pier 66, the Seattle Aquarium and Pike Place Market. The project management team will work closely with the building’s management and Charter’s safety team to ensure all safety measure are not only met, but exceeded as well.


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