Advertisement


Rent Increase Survey

Have you submitted your latest rent increase data to the rent increase survey?

Citizen Exchange with City Manager Regarding Alameda Civic Center Parking Garage

Alameda resident Gregg de Haan wrote to City of Alameda officials expressing concern about life-safety and liablity issues at the Alameda Civic Center Parking Garage. See the City Manager’s responses in-line in bold:

Dear Mayor and City Manager,

I wanted to first applaud you on the completion of the parking structure and partial completion of the Cineplex complex and commercial spaces below. I had an opportunity to take a drive to the top of the parking structure on Friday night to look at the city view and to take a few moments to look over the project. While on the roof I enjoyed the company of several other Alameda residents who were also on the top level enjoying the city view and the spectacular crescent moon we experienced that night. I write this letter in deep concern for life safety, ADA compliance and construction defects that exist at the site.

Life safety issues-The theatre roof and the parking structure are a magnetic attraction for teen youth and older young adults to hang out. One issue of concern is the ability for individuals to climb across from the parking structure over to the theatre roof. At Madison Bay street mall in Emeryville, similar issues have been brought to the owners attention and a steel fence has been erected between the theatre and the parking structure to stop individuals from climbing on the tenant roofs and avoiding the possibility of a child or young adult from falling between the theatre and the parking complex… The current rail height is code compliant at 42″ tall but does not deter individuals from climbing over to the theatre roof. This also provides an opportunity for would be thieves to enter the Cineplex.

WE ARE AWARE OF THIS ISSUE AND ARE MEETING WITH FENCING CONTRACTORS THIS WEEK TO RESOLVE THIS ISSUE WITHIN THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS.

Scaffolding at the elevator tower on the West side needs to restricted from access on the weeknights and weekends.. This could become a huge life safety issue.

THE SCAFFOLDING AT THE GARAGE ELEVATOR TOWER HAS BEEN REMOVED.

The elevator should be operating properly before the parking structure is operational in order to cater to ADA citizens. A wheel chair ride down the traffic lanes is hazardous and can lead to future liability. In the case of ADA compliance there should be two points of egress meaning two elevators need to be operational.No skateboarding, biking and scooter signs need to be posted in order to avoid future litigation. At the concrete columns at the North and South walls at the floor level turns, some type of either yellow caution tape or paint needs to be applied to avoid vehicle contact and skateboard/ bike/ scooter contact. These columns are not highly visible and create future life safety liability.

THERE ARE CURRENTLY THREE HANDICAPPED PARKING SPACES ON THE GROUND FLOOR THAT ARE AVAILABLE FOR DISABLED PATRONS UNTIL THE STATE ELEVATOR INSPECTION IS COMPLETE AND THE ELEVATOR OPERATIONAL. THE HANDICAPPED SPACES ON UPPER LEVELS HAVE BEEN BARRICADED/CONED OFF TO PREVENT DISABLED PATRONS FROM USING THESE SPACES AND NOT BEING ABLE TO GET DOWN TO LOWER FLOORS. THIS SITUATION IS TEMPORARY AND IN COMPLIANCE WITH ADA. THE ELEVATOR WILL BE OPERATIONAL BY THE END OF THIS MONTH/EARLY NEXT MONTH AT THE LATEST.

Construction Defect Issues – The EPDM ( white roofing material ) roofing material applied to the Cineplex theatre roof is not in compliance with the manufacturer specifications and is disbonding, wrinkling and is starting to fail. The parapet sheet metal cap has not been applied yet and now is a good time to remediate the problem. Correcting this issue today will save thousands at a later point in time. Failure of the roof membrane will only intensify with future weather exposure. I suggest that a representative from the roof EPDM manufacturer be brought out on site to verify the current failure.

THE ROOF OF THE CINEPLEX WAS CONSTRUCTED AND IS OWNED BY THE CITY’S PRIVATE PARTNER, ALAMEDA ENTERTAINMENT ASSOCIATES. I PASSED YOUR CONCERNS ON TO HIM. HIS RESPONSE TO YOUR CONCERNS WAS AS FOLLOWS:“The manufacturer representative will be out to walk the roof in order toaccept it for the warranty. It has been requested and we are waiting for the confirmation.

With respect to the concerns I would like to point out the following items;

1. This is a TPO roof not a EPDM.
2. The roofing is not “disbonding”. The roofing membrane in mechanicallyfastened at the seams. It is not a fully adhered system. Wrinkles are not asign of failure. Temperature is a factor in this.
3. The membrane is wrapped to the outside face of the parapet. The sheetmetal can go on only after the plaster is applied to the wall. We have taken all practical measures to protect and have monitored for water intrusion.

It should be noted that the entire system was completely inspected before, during and after installation by the building department and there was a roof deck inspection also performed by the manufacturer.

Please be assured that the integrity of this roof is and has been a veryhigh priority and we appreciate the concern. ”

The issues stated above should be closely looked in order to prevent future litigation and life safety claims. The city has an obligation to prevent future accidents. I hope the issue does not get ignored. This is not a gripe list or an anti theatre rant, this is a warning for potential future lawsuit…

I suggest that the City contact or visit Madison Bay Street Mall in Emeryville to witness first hand the preventative measure they took to keep citizens off the tenants roofs. A good place to see the security measures are at the top level of the parking structure at the AMC movie complex.. Please take my suggestions to heart and lets hopefully be proactive with this issue. I appreciate your support.

Gregg de Haan, Alameda

Comments are closed.

  • Concerns About Alameda Municipal Power's Smart Meters https://t.co/lKXzuFiHwH ,
  • https://t.co/x7a6cb5iVz ,
  • https://t.co/3IRbjmhnN2 ,
  • https://t.co/pIcy89oBND ,
  • Workshop And Survey on City Climate Action Plan https://t.co/tVgaFx2Ty9 ,

Directories