Pinkard completes renovation of Sierra Vista affordable apartments

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Renovations of Sierra Vista affordable apartments include kitchen cabinets and countertops.

Pinkard Construction, with owner Sierra Vista Housing Partners, owner’s representative The ITEX Group, and Workshop8 architects, has completed renovations of the $10.9 million Sierra Vista affordable apartments in Denver.

The 40-year-old-plus, 209-unit facility, which consists of four three-story wings radiating from a central clubhouse hub, was renovated on a rolling-occupancy basis. The renovation plan, developed with input from the owner and architect, included a wing-by-wing approach, with each wing requiring approximately 90 days to complete.

During each 90-day cycle, affected residents were moved to extended-stay facilities.

Eleven Americans with Disabilities Act units were completely gutted and renovated, while the remaining 198 units received partial abatement, room reconfigurations, new flooring, fixtures, kitchen cabinets and countertops, and paint. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing retrofits included replacement of packaged terminal air-conditioning units, electrical panels, shower heads, faucets, sinks, showers, tubs and lights. Three boiler plants also were replaced to service the hot water baseboard heat.

The Sierra Vista central-hub clubhouse/offices building received fire alarm/fire sprinkler upgrades along with a new water service line to serve the sprinkler system. These life-safety upgrades were conducted concurrent with the four-wing renovations.

Pinkard contracted the demolition/abatement contractor, who worked closely with MEP subcontractors to complete rough-in layouts during the demolition/abatement phase.

Pinkard also provided design-build MEP services during preconstruction.

Throughout construction, the project schedule and budget were constantly challenged by unforeseen conditions including termite remediation and additional discoveries of asbestos hot-spots.

The project was partially funded with 4 percent low-income tax credits, and it was designed and constructed to conform to Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. Substantial completion was achieved in October.

Kris Oppermann Stern is publisher and editor of Building Dialogue, a Colorado Real Estate Journal publication, and editor of CREJ's construction, design, and engineering section, including news and bylined articles. Building Dialogue is a quarterly, four-color magazine that caters specifically to the AEC industry, including features on projects and people, as well as covering trends…