Amenities Renovation Project Presentation
In the fall of 2017, the Board decided to evaluate functional and aesthetic improvements to the Tower’s primary common areas. The Board developed a preliminary scope of work that included the Community Room, Fitness Room and locker room, Library and bathrooms, Activities Room, Old Dressmaker’s Shop, and the Management Office Lobby.
The main objectives were:
1. Upgrade the quality of core amenities so they are more functional, accessible, and beautiful.
2. Maintain and improve property values be providing higher quality amenities.
3. Enhance the multi-purpose nature of these core amenities to fit their varied uses.
Elise Moore Designs was hired to provide design renovation options for the initial scope that includes the Community Room, Fitness Room, and Library along with the related bathrooms. Tonight’s presentation will be a preliminary overview of conceptual design layouts for these areas. Options for the color schemes, furniture and finishes will follow at another date.
The Towers has a premier location and better grounds than many of our neighbors, along with significant space dedicated to amenities. However, many of our amenities are outdated and not as functional, accessible, or appealing as they could be, especially when compared with some of the newer high-end condominiums.
Selected Qualitative Improvements:
• Improve accessibility to Community Room and Fitness Room for mobility impaired
• Improve quality and accessibility of Library and Fitness Room Bathrooms
• Unified design to provide a consistent, intentional flow and appearance
• Acoustical improvements to lessen sound transmission between Fitness Room, Community Room, Library and the residential hallway.
• Improve kitchen to make it more functional and attractive.
• Air conditioning and heating equipment to be upgraded and better controlled to dehumidify the Community Room and Fitness Room.
• Improve storage space
• Asbestos removal
The preliminary project cost estimate is $1.6 million or about 65% of TCA’s yearly capital budget, and does not include all costs; notably furniture and audio/visual equipment. However, this is a rough estimate and does not reflect competitive bidding, nor any design feedback that could affect the price. As this cost is significantly above the Reserve Study estimated costs, which only account for replacement rather than improvements, any decision related to this project will need to be done in contemplation of the overall capital project plan, as well as community support.
The Board will be the principal on this project, working directly with the Elise Moore Design team. If you have any suggestions, please send them to the Board or Management.
The Board has not made any decisions related to project timing or scope. Tonight’s meeting reflects the first Board meeting to review these preliminary plans.