Tradewinds
2021 Interior Remodel
The Tradewinds Interior Remodel 2021 Project will be taking place from August 2021 - December 2021.   
 
HOW YOU CAN HELP: 
  • Pay attention to the communications.  Updates will only be posted on the Tradewinds 2021 Interior Remodel page or in emails sent to unit owners. Please note, any information on Facebook is not from the Interior Design Committee.  Information restricted to owners only will have links on this page for sign in access.
  • Stay out of the way of contractors so they can work without interruptions to help complete this project on time.
  • Be careful in any construction/work areas.
  • Make sure your renters or guests aware this project is taking place between now and the end of the year.
Other questions: Feel free to contact Joy Motheral, Chair, Interior Design Committee at jlmotheral@gmail.com
 
11/18/21 Update
The past month has been extremely busy with multiple projects going on simultaneously.  Daily communication with the on-site project manager and coordination with the staff and contractors we were able to minimize the impact of the septic work on the project as much as possible.
Contractors, in general, are struggling to get crew and keep crew.  We are very fortunate that the contractors we are working with are showing up and getting things done and contractors are all participating in a weekly project call.
As of the end of last week
  • The carpet installation is done and this week they are going back and addressing any issues with base or carpet seams that we have identified.  The thresholds to the laundry rooms, storage rooms and north stairway will also be replaced.
  • Painting was completed on floors 2-12 and this week the paint crews are going back to do touch up from anything marked with blue tape or marks from the carpet installation. 
  • The bathrooms have plumbing, electrical, AC and fireproofing done.  We had to make a few adjustments after the inspection and expect to have that completed and start drywall on the interior of the bathrooms.  All materials for the bathrooms are in.
  • Tile work started in the lobby last week and is going well.  This week they will be finishing up the tile.  We appreciate everyone’s cooperation with temporary workarounds for access to the building while this is taking place.
  • All unit hallway lighting has been updated.  Ceiling tiles for the 12th floor finally arrived last week so we should be finishing up the tile, 12th floor carpet and then the mirror accent on the elevator focal walls and the sconces in the 1-2 weeks. All unit doorbells were tested prior to any work being done and units that do not have a working doorbell will be notified.  All units will have a new doorbell button and plate added.
  • The social room electric has been run and Summit cables rerouted.  We will be finishing up the ceiling lighting this week.  Drywall will be done once the tile is complete and then painting.  The cabinets are in.
  • The lobby mail box cubbies are roughed in – final trim will still be added but it appears to already be very useful to have this space for packages.  Work was done to reroute a conduit in the lobby ceiling.  Once the tile is complete the framing of the raised ceiling will be done.
We anticipate the major construction items for this project will be wrapped up before then end of December.  We know there are delays in some of the furniture deliveries but we will work around that. 
From a budget perspective, we are slightly under budget and believe we have uncovered most of the major “unknowns” from the demo.
10/18/21 Update
We are very excited about the progress we are making on the implementation.  We have multiple tasks going on with the design project with daily communication with the Project Manager, Chris Savarino, our Design Committee chair and the Tradewinds staff. 
  • Painting on floors 2-12 should wrap up by the end of October with 3 unit hallway floors remaining.  The painting is running about a week behind schedule but we had some work arounds at the beginning that impacted the schedule.
  • Carpet and base installation started 10/11 and is ahead of schedule with the install taking about 1.5 days per floor instead of 3 days per floor.  We anticipate the carpet install will be done by the first week of November. Once the carpet install is complete, we will be doing touch up painting on the hallways.
  • The unit hallways lights have all been updated on floors 2-11.  New lights on 12 will be installed as soon as the new ceiling tile is in which is expected by next week. Once the lighting is done, the new ceiling tiles will be installed and then the carpet and base.  We reordered the carpet on 12 to be last so we did not get debris from the lighting and ceiling tile install on the new carpet.
  • Tile removal of all tile on the first floor took place on 10/13-10/15.  We are working around the septic project and delayed the tile install a week to start 11/1 due to the delay with the septic project.  New door viewers and doorbell plates and buttons are being installed and should be completed in another week. 
  • All demo was completed in early October.  The framing is being worked on for the bathrooms and electric is being worked on in the social room.  Much of the materials are in for the project. Already you can see what a difference widening the hallway to the pool has made!
  • There have been a few items that came up during the demo – which we anticipated given the age of our building - such as needing to do some additional fireproofing/fire wall protection and outdated wiring in the social room.  But all in all, “inside the walls” things were in pretty good shape.
 
It’s been a little busy the past few weeks but we have great communication between the contractors which is helping things run smoothly.  We are extremely fortunate, given the national challenges right now construction projects are having, that our project is more or less on schedule, under budget, and we have not had any significant material delays. 
 
We appreciate everyone’s patience as we continue to execute the interior design plan. We are still on target to have all construction and painting completed before the end of the year.
 
09/30/21 Update
  • This week demolition was completed for the social room mirrored wall, the bathrooms and the space under the mailboxes where added package cubbies will go.  
  • Unit hallway lighting has been completed on all floors except 2, 3, 7 and 12.  Next Monday/Tuesday lighting on 2, 3 and 7 will be completed.  We are waiting on ceiling tiles for the 12th floor and lighting will be coordinated when the tile comes in.  The hew hallway lighting has made a dramatic improvement in the hallways!
  • Painting on 7-12 is complete (with some minor touch ups remaining).  Next week painting on 6 will be completed and 5 will be prepped and painting starting.  
  • The new door viewers are in and the TW staff will be installing them in the units starting next week.  This will require brief access to units to install the peephole.  
  • Carpet and the vinyl baseboard installation will start 10/11 on the 12th floor.  We anticipate carpet to take 2-3 days per floor.
  • Tile removal in the lobby/social room will begin 10/11 and will take several days.  
  • Tile installation on the first floor will start 10/25 and will take a few weeks to complete.
We asked for your continued patience as we implement the remodel project and construction is now underway.  
 
09/20/21 Update
We are very pleased that the interior design project is in the implementation phase.  We have a weekly
project call with all the contractors, the Project Manager the Tradewinds hired and the office property
Manager (now that Sam is back) to ensure communication and address any issues immediately and
work together for a solution to minimize any impact to the project.
 
Thank you to the Design Committee and Tradewinds staff for continued help with the implementation.
The Design Committee has been busy addressing implementation details and periodic reviews of the
progress with the designer.  We are working closely with the Board as well to track actuals vs. budget,
any change requests needed, and approvals.  To date we have only had a few minor change requests
needed for drywall repair.  

We are pleased with the caliber of the contractors we have and their flexibility as we face challenges
with material delays and available crew -- this has helped us keep things on schedule.   
  • The project manager Tradewinds hired, Chris Savarino, has been onsite daily to check the progress of the contractors.  He is inspecting all work completed and where necessary, asking for touch-ups or corrections.  Chris also communicates with me almost daily and provides a written report weekly.  Having someone "on the ground" has been invaluable to ensure the contractors have access to what they need to do their work and to communicate progress and questions real-time.  Chris is also ensuring that work is being done per the agreed-to scope.
  • The painting began August 16 and is just slightly behind schedule.  Floors 9-12 are complete and 7 and 8 are currently in progress.  Our goal is to complete 2 floors every 7 days.  We had some initial workarounds due to a delay in the trim material for the elevator focal wall and headers but we anticipate the schedule will be back on track next week.  
  • The general contractor completed the trim work to unit doors, headers above the doors and the elevator focal walls on floors 2-11.  Permits are expected to be approved this week and work will begin on the bathroom remodel and the raised ceiling in the lobby in the next few weeks.  
  • Lighting for the first floor is in as well as the sconces and chandelier for the unit hallways.  The incorrect overhead lights for the unit hallways were delivered last week -- so instead of starting the hallway overhead lights last week, it will be about 2 weeks for the correct lights to get in so we have adjusted the date to 10/4/21.   The sconces will be installed after the carpet to prevent damage during the carpet installation.  New doorbell plates/buttons will also be installed.
  • The tile for the first-floor areas is in and the custom carpet is in production and expected to be delivered on schedule.  The upgraded vinyl base is in.  We are targeting starting the tile removal and until hallway carpet installation around October 11th.  
  • TW staff completed preparing the unit hallways for painting and are now working on the social room and library.
We ask for your continued patience as we work to complete the implementation of the design plan.  We
will continue to work to keep the disruption to those in residence to a minimum.  We are looking
forward to the next month as we expect to have some major milestones for the project underway.
 
09/01/21 Update
With the first bit of color starting to go on the unit hallway walls the Design Committee is starting to hear from more unit owners what we should and shouldn’t do with the design.  Please keep in mind that we don’t have even one hallway completely painted yet and you are not seeing the final colors.  I have had more people tell me they really like the colors than those that don’t like the colors.
 
In a condo building with 203 units, we know despite our best efforts we will not please 100% of the unit owners with the design choices.  I also want to remind everyone that the Committee was as transparent as we could be -- over the last 11 months we held open Zoom meetings bi-weekly from November to June, minutes were posted on the Tradewinds website, updates were provided at board meetings, multiple email updates were sent, two owner surveys were conducted (one to identify design elements most important to the owners and the other to give a choice in the design theme) and a special owner vote on a presentation package was sent out and approved by 97% of the unit owners that voted on July 10, 2021. 
 
For every element in the design, the Committee (all volunteers) spent hours researching options and discussing the best recommendations to put forward. This was not easy and we spent well over a thousand hours since last October on this.  We also had MANY considerations we had to factor into the final design plan.  First budget.  Then functionality, style, maintenance, owner's preference, potential increases in property values, quality contractors & vendors, availability, and COVID restrictions, code, bylaws, practicality, safety, construction constraints, building manager/maintenance input, board approval and a nod to the future, not just current styles and fads. 
 
The design committee’s charter was to develop a design that was approved by a majority of the unit owners.  We accomplished that.  Now we are working to implement the plan as approved by the board and unit owners.
 
I appreciate those unit owners that have reached out to myself or committee members with your questions and concerns and we are doing our best to provide more details on the design and answer your questions.  We have compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that are posted on the 2021 Interior Remodel page.  Please refer back to these FAQs as they will be updated as the project continues.
 
For everyone’s reference and a memory refresh, here is the final design that was approved by 127 out of 130 unit owners that voted in the special members meeting on 7/10/21.  Tradewinds Coastal Design Theme 06_24_21
 
Updates for this week:
  • We had materials delays for the door headers and trim.  The painting crews were able to skip around a bit to keep us on schedule with prepping and cutting in on lower floors.  Floors 11 and 12 should be completed with painting by 9/3/21.
  • Today the doors on 11 will be painted.  The doors will be unlocked TW staff and locked again by TW staff at the end of the day.
  • We had to work a bit out of sequence on the painting due to the material delays but next week we will be back to completing all painting floor by floor, starting with floor 10 and working down.  Next week floors 9 and 10 will be painted.
  • We are still waiting on additional trim for the elevator focal wall.  We hope by next Monday the remaining elevator focal wall trim will be added.
  • Ceilings are painted on floors 2-11.
  • Door trim is completed on floors 3-12.  Next week 1-2 should be completed.
  • Throughout September, painting will be underway in the unit hallways. 
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or a Committee member if you have additional questions.
 
Thank you.
 
Joy Motheral
Chair, Tradewinds Interior Design Committee
 
08/20/21 Update
  • TW staff has prepared all unit hallways for the painters (removing kickplates, peepholes, etc.).  This will be done when we get closer to painting.  If you have decor on your door, this will be placed inside your unit.  Floors 2-12 are completed. TW staff prep is ahead of schedule -- THANK YOU TW STAFF!!!
  • Painters have prepped through the 8th floor.  The ceilings have been painted on floors 6-11.  The painters will take a break 8/20-8/21 to allow the trim work to catch up and will resume painting trim on the 12th floor on 8/23.  Floors 11-12 should be completed by 8/27.  We estimate it will take 3.5 days to paint each floor (7 days for every 2 floors).  9-10 are targeted to be completed by 9/8/21. Painting is on schedule.
  • Doorbell plates are being removed and the doorbell is being turned sideways to protect it.  As soon as the wall paint is done, Condee will be installing new doorbell plate covers and making a list of any doorbells that are not working.  If you added a second doorbell, this will be placed inside your unit.
  • Temporary unit numbers and signage will be placed throughout the building during the remodel project.
  • Materials for the unit doorway trim was delivered 8/20 (a few days late) and work will begin 8/23 to install the picture frame on the unit doors and attach the header above the doors (working from the 12th floor down).  We hope to complete 1 floor every 2-3 days. You may see blue tape on the focal wall by the elevators or on a unit door.  THIS IS OUR MOCK UP AND IS NOT FINAL. Trim work is slightly behind schedule due to a delivery delay of the materials but should be caught up by 8/25/21.
  • All contractors are required to participate in a weekly status call to review the schedule and get updates.  These calls are on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and this has been very effective to ensure efforts are coordinated and the schedule is kept up to date.
  • The project manager has been checking on progress daily and working to ensure everything keeps moving.
  • Joy will be at the Tradewinds 8/18 through 9/1 and will be taking photos of the progress to date as well as meeting with the contractors.
  • Joy will have a design board with the flooring selections and fabrics/furniture selections in the next two weeks for those in residence.
08/12/21 Update
Dear Unit Owners:
 
The Interior Design Project has started!  In the past few weeks, the materials have been ordered for lights, paint, unit hallway trim, furniture, and flooring and we have hired a Project Manager, Chris Savarino, to help us oversee the project and contractors.  
 
I had a team kick-off this week with the contractors and project manager to review the project implementation timelines.  I hope to provide updates following each weekly project team meeting.  Information will be sent via email, posted on the Tradewinds website and when feasible, posted by the office.
 
A big thank you to the Tradewinds staff in helping to coordinate getting contracts and deposit checks executed, assisting our contractors, and helping prepare the unit hallways for the trim work on the unit doors and the painting to start.
 
In the next two weeks (8/16 - 8/27), the following will be taking place:
  • Grant and Bob, our maintenance team, will continue to work on preparing the remaining unit hallways for the trim carpenters and painters work from the 10th floor down.  This includes removing door knockers, door kick plates, signage and sconces by the elevators and furnishings.
  • Marco Island Painting is scheduled to start on the 12th floor with preparations Monday or Tuesday (August 16/17) and then painting.  Painting will also start on the 11th floor.  We anticipate each floor taking 3-4 days to paint.  Please be careful entering and exiting your units if your floor is being worked on.  There will also be a period of time where the unit door will need to be kept open slightly for the paint on the door and trim to dry.  We appreciate your cooperation with this.  TW staff will be the only ones with access to a key and will be opening and locking the units.
  • Birdsall Builders will be installing the trim on the front of the unit doors starting on the 12th floor and working down.  It is anticipated that the trim will take about 1 day per floor for the unit doors.  We will also be working on adding trim at the elevator walls (with the sconces).
 
Once painting starts, we will be better able to project how long each floor will take and a more detailed schedule will be posted on the Tradewinds website.  The Design Committee will also be working on finalizing finishing details and final drawings from the builder in the next month or so.
 
If you have any questions about the implementation, please do not hesitate to contact me at my email below.  If you have renters or guests in your unit, please make sure they are aware of the work going on.
 
Again - thank you to everyone for their support and cooperation as this project is underway.
 
Joy Motheral
Chair, Interior Design Committee
 
 
07/12/21 Update
 
On Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. a special owners meeting was held to vote on the 2021 Interior Remodel Project. 
 
The 2021 Interior Remodel Project passed with 97% majority. This means we also had more than the 75% required votes to also pass the change to the bylaws to allow the Association to replace the unit door thresholds.  Thank you to all the unit owners that took the time to vote.
 
The Design Committee is moving to immediately get the contracts in place this week with the paint, electrical, general contractor, flooring and designer/furnishings vendor so materials orders can be placed as quickly as possible.  Work will then begin to implement the approved plan with all work expected to be completed before the end of the year.  Some of the furnishings may take a little longer to get in but we do not anticipate issues with the tile and carpet or contractor work at this time.
 
We will be starting work immediately with the Tradewinds staff prepping the unit hallways for painting.  Painting is expected to begin within the next two weeks starting on the 12th floor and working down.  Approximately 2 floors per week will be painted. 
 
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
IMMEDIATELY: Help make sure your unit door is ready to be painted.  
  • If you have any decor on your unit door, please remove it as soon as possible.  If not, Tradewinds staff will need to remove it and place it inside your unit.
  • If you can remove the door knocker/peephole on your door, this will reduce the time it will take for TW staff to do so.  You can put a piece of tape across the inside of the peephole.   
  • If you can, remove the metal kick plate on the front of your door and tape the screws to the kickplate.  You can leave outside your door for the maintenance staff to pick up or drop off at the office.   If not, Tradewinds staff will need to remove it.
ONGOING: 
  • Pay attention to the communications in emails and on the Tradewinds website
  • We will provide updates to the unit owners through emails as well as updates on the Tradewinds website.  The website updates will not be on the owners section so that renters, visitors and owners can be aware of scheduling and progress.
  • Stay out of the way of contractors so they can work without interruptions to help complete this project on time.
  • Be careful of any construction/work areas.
  • Make any renters or guests aware this project is taking place between now and the end of the year.
Thank you again for your support.  If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the Design Committee members.
 
Joy Motheral
Chair, Interior Design Committee