Owners at a Concord Pacific downtown condo are commencing legal action after concrete was discovered falling off balconies, Condohype has learned.
A routine maintenance survey at The Aquarius (1199 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver) detected the spalling of concrete from balconies on the 01 elevation posing a serious risk to pedestrians. The issue was so urgent the strata council ordered emergency repairs to prevent liability and possible harm to the public.
The value of the emergency repairs is estimated at $140,000. An additional $71,000 will be spent to investigate if similar problems exist on other balconies in the complex.
In a presentation to condo owners, strata council vice-president Michael Alexander explained that “during original construction, the reinforcing steel bars had been placed too close to the edge and some had rusted from water infiltrating the surrounding concrete, causing pieces of the concrete edge to loosen or fall off.”
On January 13, owners passed a resolution to fund building defect proceedings against developer Concord Pacific and all other relevant parties. The law firm Lesperance Mendes is representing the owners. The case hinges on proving the spalling is the result of “a structural defect attributable to faulty design, workmanship or materials provided by any party involved in the construction of the project.”
The Aquarius is one of Yaletown’s elite waterfront condos. Completed in 1999, the development sits at the foot of Davie Street atop a Starbucks, the Urban Fare grocery store and the Provence restaurant. In 2000, the condo gained notoriety when former Vancouver Canucks forward Donald Brashear was charged with assault following an incident in the Aquarius fitness room.
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