18 Jun EXTERIOR BUILDING REFURBISHMENT, AVDA. RAMÓN Y CAJAL, 3, ALICANTE
Exterior refurbishment works for the Owners Community of above premises.
This work had an unexpected complication, which is necessary to explain before the works process.
Upon inspection and assembly of scaffolding, Esclapés e Hijos, S.L. detected a series of anomalies in the forging front areas that made it difficult to install such anchorages and consequently compromised the reform of the exterior. The critical condition of the exterior meant the rethinking of the works, which initially had a maintenance and aesthetic character. Given the new situation, the company set as its primary objective the reformation of the damaged slab, and subsequently the original tasks agreed in the project.
These new pathologies were analyzed and included in the rehabilitation of the building. In refurbishment works, it is critical to adapt previous building pathologies in accordance with modern safety regulations, before carrying out any refurbishment work, and this must be submitted to the Work Direcorate for approval.
This new situation requires new measures for the placement of scaffolding, and work commences, primarily with the repairing of the forging fronts. Once the repairs are complete, the remainder of the initially planned tasks are performed.
Structurally, the repair of the concrete structures which have moderate corrosion in their rebar is carried out first. Plastering and plastic painting tasks are also carried out.
The limestone exterior requires stone repairs with coke or shells in the areas of metal anchorages and a cleaning and mineralization of the exposed exterior is carried out. This is to achieve the finish of the original stone. Exposed and hidden anchors are used for fixing existing and transventilated vertical plating.
On the terraces, the total repair of internal and surface damage is carried out. Treatment and recovery of existing railings and handrails is carried out, and the placement of additional handrails in compliance with law-ordered height (CTE DB-SU) standards. In addition, all existing fibrocementpots are removed.
SAFETY AND HEALTH
It should be noted that, in addition to complying with the safety and health measures of the works, the company carried out the drafting, documentation, processing and withdrawal in full of fibrocement. The construction company is registered in the Register of Companies with Asbestos Risk (RERA) and has its own staff trained in the handling of this hazardous waste.
From this experience and as a complementary measure, it is recommended to carry out this prior to the work on the exterior of the building, in order to detect possible pathologies and concrete the needs of the works. To do this, you can resort to an inspection with vertical work – a cheaper option – and in some areas of the exterior.