The Max, located in Vancouver’s Yaletown neighborhood, was built in approximately 2005. The mixed-use complex consists of two high-rise residential towers standing at 37 and 30 stories in height plus several adjacent three-story townhouses and a fitness center constructed over a below-grade parkade. The two towers contain 526 residential suites plus 15 commercial spaces with a landscaped courtyard between them. The building enclosure is a combination of coated concrete, brick walls, metal cladding, and window wall. Additional building enclosure components include balconies, decks, and low-sloped roof assemblies.

We completed a building enclosure condition assessment of the complex in 2017. Our team conducted on-site investigations and made multiple bosun’s chair drops to observe the conditions of the towers and identify areas of concern throughout the complex. We provided the owners with conceptual-level recommendations for remedial work to address the deficiencies and items of concern. We were then asked to provide design services, project management services, and field review for the building enclosure renewal work.

Through our investigation of the complex, we identified the need for repair or replacement of the existing concrete wall coatings, the concrete balcony and eyebrow membranes, and the sealant at various exterior joints, interfaces, and penetrations. We recommended the renewal work as a measure to preserve the assemblies so they would achieve their full design life as well as to improve the aesthetic appeal of the complex.

Our team provided project management services during the pre-construction and construction phases of the renewals. We developed the project budget and schedule, prepared the construction contracts, and managed contract administration throughout the project. We also prepared drawings, specifications, and construction documents to guide the contractors performing the renewal work. During field review, our team made multiple site visits to review the construction and ensured the material submittals were in general conformance with the contract documents.

Through our creative thinking with the contractor, we were able to reduce the overall costs for the owners and bring the renewal project to completion in 2019 under budget.

Date:

December 16, 2020

Client:

Strata Plan BCS1437

Our Role:

Building Enclosure Consultant

Key Services

Building Enclosure Condition Assessments and Investigations
Construction Document Review
Renewal and Rehabilitation
Field Review

A building enclosure condition assessment (BECA) and investigation may be required when an enclosure is suspected of having a problem, such as a leak. A BECA report describes either the current condition of the overall enclosure or specific components, such as windows or a balcony, and aims to identify problems or potential problems. If we detect failures, we will recommend the next steps that may lead to repairs or a renewal.

Our team will review the original building drawings, carry out an owner survey, and then spend time onsite visually reviewing various components of the building enclosure. In addition, we will make exploratory openings to assess the condition of hidden components. Our team may use a range of testing and special analysis techniques, such as thermography. We provide a written report of our findings and recommendations and present them at meetings with the owner group.

Jason Dunn | B.Arch.Sc.

Principal, Senior Project Manager
View Bio

Chris George | Architectural Technologist AIBC

Associate, Construction Project Manager
View Bio

Crystallis

Overlooking Sunset Beach in downtown Vancouver, BC, the Crystallis is a unique-looking high-rise, residential building with 25 levels, 102 units, and circular balconies.

Read More

Laburnum Heights

Laburnum Heights is a low-rise wood frame residential complex typical of Vancouver’s Fairview Slopes neighborhood.

Read More
RDH Building Science