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Harbor West Condominiums - Seattle, Washington


CLE performed a condition assessment of the foundation structural components

Harbor West comprises 52 waterfront/view condominiums that sit upon 140 pre-stressed concrete piles that then tie into a concrete deck system. During the Seattle Nisqually earthquake the building suffered significant damage requiring phased repairs. CLE performed a condition assessment of the foundation structural components and utilities as part of the condominium owners’ preventative maintenance program. CLE provided underwater and topside visual inspection services for evidence of concrete cracking, segregation and exfoliation, reinforcement steel corrosion and utility conduit and support soundness based on specific criteria developed with the client prior to the work. CLE’s team of earthquake seasoned professional engineer divers and structural engineers identified and prioritized items requiring attention thereby reducing the need for costly major future repairs of neglected components. CLE’s expertise in field inspections, data/structural evaluation and report preparation provided the client with a thorough, easy to understand report useful for planning and managing their building maintenance and capital improvement budgets. CLE provided overall project management, permitting (including JARPA and various local and state permits), managed four years of restoration on the substructure and sub-terrainian garage structure. CLE was also an integral part of preparation working through a contested insurance coverage claim for all of the earthquake related repairs which ultimately ended in a successful recovery for the project owner.