|Taking possession of the building from the developer||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: katie-henry (katie-henryatt.net)|
|Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 12:12:29 -0800 (PST)|
I'm the facilities manager for Eastern Village Cohousing in Silver Spring, MD. It's a 56-unit condo community in a single building with many shared building-wide systems, such as elevators, central hot water, geothermal heat/AC, and a green roof. (Winner of a 2005 NAHB Green Building Award!) Our developer bought the building two years ago (it was an abandoned office building that needed to be completely rehabbed), hired the contractors, and managed the work. The community hired a construction advocate to represent our interests. Most of us moved in to our units in October/November 2004, with work on the common areas continuing until now. We inspected the common areas with our construction advocate about a month ago and came up with a punchlist of repairs, most of which have been corrected. We are now a few weeks away from building hand-over, where the community takes possession of the building from the developer and receives training and the O&M manuals from the contractor, etc. Work on the remaining punchlist items will continue after building hand-over (parts on back-order, etc.). I'm hoping to find some guidance on this process. A couple of specific questions: 1. Most of the remaining work is minor, but there's one large item -- a drainage problem that caused several units to be flooded during heavy rain. The developer has identified several corrective actions. Some of this work has already been performed, and some is still pending (waiting on plans from the civil engineer, bids, etc.). There is a sentiment in the community that we should not accept the building until all of the flood-control work is complete. If we accept the building before the work is complete, does it weaken our legal position if the developer doesn't finish the work (something I think is extremely unlikely) or if it turns out the work that was done is insufficient to prevent future flooding? However, on the other hand, we can't really test the work in a meaningful way until the next heavy rain, which might be months away. 2. What is a deficiency report? I'm getting two definitions. (1) The community hires an engineer or inspector immediately after building hand-over to do another inspection to identify problems that weren't evident during the first inspection. (2) The community hires an engineer or inspector towards the end of the warranty period (three years) to identify problems that have developed during the warranty period. Can anyone enlighten me? Any advice or insights on this whole process greatly appreciated. Katie
Taking possession of the building from the developer katie-henry, March 16 2005
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