Overall schedule (Sept. 10 update); emergency contact info; disclaimer [this “sticky” post stays at top: new posts below]

Here is the schedule as of Sept. 10 (older ones below for comparison):
ScheduleUpdateSept10
Aug. 16, 2013 (outdated) schedule:
SchedAug16
July 17, 2013 (outdated) schedule:
LRPscheduleUpdateJuly16
June 7 (outdated) schedule:
StonemarkScheduleUpdateJune7
Any problems should immediately be reported to Bob Landegger’s cell phone, and he will initiate correctional action: Cell (805) 705-3107. For less urgent issues you can try his email, but always cc Jacklyn as well:  bob@stonemarkcm.com, jacklyn@stonemarkcm.com.

Disclaimer: In case anyone feels that they are being defamed by things posted on this blog, I offer the following disclaimer:

  • The blog presents the opinions and impressions of individual homeowners only, and may not represent realities at the WCP leak remediation project (LRP) construction site.
  • These posts are not intended for distribution beyond those residents and guests immediately affected by the LRP.
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I've been an environmentalist since my college days in the 1970s (May 1977 Seabrook, New Hampshire occupation) , and am now a professor of German history at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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5 Responses to Overall schedule (Sept. 10 update); emergency contact info; disclaimer [this “sticky” post stays at top: new posts below]

  1. pconrad0 says:

    So, this “updated” schedule from 07/16 says that the 910s will be finished by 07/19. In point of fact, it is 07/31 as I write this, and they 910s are STILL NOT FINISHED.

    I posted the following today on the community mailing list.

    Dear All:

    Well, its two months since the newsletter from Jacklyn Wolf announced, on May 28, regarding the 910s, and I quote:

    “We expect that all work in this cluster will be completed by the end of next week!!”

    And yet, here we are, Wed July 31st, two month and three days later. And is the work finished in the 910s? No. It is NOT.

    Each week we’ve been told that access is needed all day every week for fixing “final punch list items”.

    Yet, no-one ever comes. No items get fixed. Week after week. And as homeowners, we are kept in the dark.

    After a month—there was one exception—a two day flurry of activity. It only happened because I made a huge stink with Gail because my partner and I were going on vacation—-after canceling two previous vacations to “be on hand” because we though the project was “wrapping up” and we wanted to help get it over with—-we were unwilling to do it a third time. So, we made a stink, and lo and behold, miracles happened and for two days straight, Jun 24 and 25, they worked on our house. And they got a lot done. But it still wasn’t enough to get “finished”.

    Now its a month since the flurry—and two months since the announcement of impending completion. We’ve been patiently waiting, hoping that another “stink” would not be necessary. However, my experience has been that the ONLY time there is any progress on my house is immediately after I start rattling cages. So, here we go again.

    Gail has asked us to be supportive of the project. I want to be supportive of the project. I am grateful for all the hard work that went into securing it, and I’m glad it is happening.

    However, “supporting the project” doesn’t mean accepting the unacceptable. And there is something more important than the project—and that is being supportive of my family and my neighbors.

    So, I’m asking for your support in petitioning Bob Landegger to prioritize getting the 910s finished by the end of the week, and then the 920s shortly after that. I hope you will ask your board members to insist that Stonemark prioritize getting finished in the 910s before starting on any more clusters.

    We have been under construction in the 910s since November (October at 911, where the project was “piloted”). We’ve taken one for the team, and people have expressed their gratitude—but nine months is plenty to ask of us. It is, at long last, time to finish up and move on.

    Regards,
    Phill Conrad

    Correction:

    On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:31 PM, Phillip Conrad wrote:
    “So, I’m asking for your support in petitioning Bob Landegger to prioritize getting the 910s finished by the end of the week, and then the 920s shortly after that. ”

    Actually, if I recall correctly, based on start date, the 900s should be the next in line after the 910s—then the 920s.

    Regards,
    Phill

  2. pconrad0 says:

    An update—I am assured by Bob Landegger (via email) that there will be progress on punch list items at 911 today, August 1, 2013. I will report back—-not because “my house” is so important to the community, per se—but because of the community issues that are represented here:

    (1) The slow “pace of completion” and the sense in the 910s that this project “has no end”.

    (2) The onerous nature of “week-after-week” request for “access all-day, every day”, combined with truly glacial progress (or lack thereof). The impact on our personal/professional schedules and quality of life seems to be entirely de-valued when this drags on FAR beyond the 3 months that was projected, into six months, then in excess of nine months (and counting!)

    To reiterate: as a community, and as a project, we still do not know the real answer to the basic question “how long should any one cluster expect to be under construction”, because we have not yet seen the “end” of construction in even a single cluster!

    The only *real* data point we have at this point is “at *least* nine months”. This should give us pause.

  3. hmarcuse says:

    Hi Phill, Harold here.
    I am completely in agreement with the end of your patience! The Project is going at the Project’s pace, without consideration of homeowners’ schedules. Cost efficiency is the reason for that, but there are limits that have been exceeded by now.
    With that said, after meeting with Bob Landegger and Bobby Span for many months, I have an appreciation for the complexities of the project. In each cluster there are 1-2 “off schedule” exceptions–some who could not allow access to their homes during certain phases of the work, others (like my pod) because of a delay in the set-up of scaffolding. They have been placed on the schedules of other clusters, or somewhere in between. I’m not sure, but I think that when you went away, you were placed with the 900s or 920s for the punch list completion phase.
    Even then however, there are still small tasks being done on other 910s units too. The 910s should be receiving kid-glove treatment after having been our guinea pigs on so many questions. I’m sure I speak for the whole complex when I say you have our gratitude and sympathy for that.
    My own observation is that the workers do try to be careful and considerate and take care of their tasks as best they can. That they at times does not meet our standards as owners is in the nature of things. I’d urge everyone to do their best to alert them to problems before they get out of hand, in hope of preventing situations from getting out of hand like Phill & Bob’s.

    • pconrad0 says:

      Dear Harold,
      Thank you for your reply. I would offer in response that the notion that after eight months of bending over backwards to be cooperative and provide access, that the notion that going on vacation (after two previous cancelled vacations for sake of the project) gets us “bumped” (without even so much as the courtesy of someone telling us that was happening), feels passive aggressive at best, retaliatory at worst.

      The fact that we would get bumped at all is unacceptable, but that we would get bumped and NOT TOLD that we were bumped is BEYOND unacceptable, in terms of simple respect for us as homeowners.

      I haven’t even *begun* to tell the stories of what we’ve been through at 911. The boarded up windows? That lasted FOUR MONTHS at our house—-from October 29th, to February 27th.
      During that time, we were treated to almost daily arguments, involving the F-bomb flying freely, among the various contractors about the difference between the reality and the project blueprints and specifications. “That’s impossible! That’s gonna be a lawsuit! You have to put that in writing”—these are the kinds of things shouted back and forth, just 1/2 of plywood away from our living room.

      Now, because we dared to go on vacation for two weeks, we should get “bumped” to another cluster’s time frame? I’m appalled.

      Shall I regale everyone with MORE stories of what we’ve been through? I have plenty. How much is too much?

      Finally in response to: “I’d urge everyone to do their best to alert them to problems before they get out of hand, in hope of preventing situations from getting out of hand like Phill & Bob’s.”

      We alerted Bob and Gail, and finally Bart *plenty* and we got all kinds of lovely reassurances that everything would be peachy from here on out.

      So, yes, please do speak up—but know that unless there is a significant change in management strategy and communication effectiveness, you results may be less than satisfying.

      So far, the response from Gail, Bob and Bart to these concerns has been a lot of “explaining” how complicated everything is—but no visible *change* in strategy (or personnel) for managing that complexity. The implicit message is: don’t expect anything to get better. This is as good as it gets—and you should be grateful that we have a project at all.

      I do have gratitude. For our homes, for our neighbors, for the hard work that got us the project in the first place.

      But that gratitude has gotten buried under a lot of other… stuff.

  4. pconrad0 says:

    Update: Bob Landegger did show up today. We did a complete walk through with Jim Spann, and found that of the 21 things on Bob Landegger’s punch list, 19 of them had already been resolved.

    The two remaining items: (1) finish work on the thresholds where there is a wooden piece in front of the sharp metal edge of the “pan” under the door sill. (2) painting the “hinge edge” of the doors blue,

    Item (1) is scheduled to be resolved on Monday.

    Item (2) is of questionable necessity (see my post on the WCP mailing list for more detail on this question).

    I have asked the board to consider whether painting blue over the “hinge edge” of the doors (which are already white, and are generally not visible from outside the house on doors that open out) is worth the extra dollars, delay and drama.

    On April 8th, most homeowners were given the option to “keep” the original factory white finish for certain doors only visible in the courtyard to save the project $520 per unit. (I’ll note that at 911 we did NOT have this option since this decision to offer white as an option wasn’t made until after our doors had already been painted blue.)

    If leaving an entire door factory white is an option, and the interiors of the doors are ALL being left factory white, isn’t it reasonable to give homeowners at least the option to keep the original white for the “inside edge” of a door that will generally only EVER been seen from inside the house, and rarely seen at that? Further, wouldn’t it be better to just decide that EVERYONE should get factory white for this edge, implictly offering homeowners the option—as it is an interior detail, which is typically a homeowner responsibliity—to paint it themselves if they want to?

    Can you believe that we are even HAVING a conversation about the hinge edge of a door when the project was originally about water proofing—and we are SO FAR behind schedule?

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