Monday, August 14, 2017

Stay Tuned. The countdown clock to Feb. 15th, the “settlement” completion date for our Casino at the Beach.

Do you remember this from August 3rd: “Solution appears forthcoming for Lake Worth Casino’s ailing balcony”? Learn more below.

With all the new construction going on in the City of Lake Worth and developers and construction companies excited about the prospects and future of this City, it’s sad to see two of our most visible structures — the Lake Worth Casino and Gulfstream Hotel — left behind in a state of limbo.

But hopefully that will change soon. Before long will begin the countdown to Feb. 15th (6 months away), the expected completion date for the long-awaited repairs to that facility.  

Would this be déjà vu or déjà véçu? This quote is from my blog last year:

August 13th, 2016: “[A]rchitect and contractor for the Casino are working on a way to stop the water intrusion into the Casino building.”

The Lake Worth City Commission earlier this month reached a “settlement” with the construction company and the architect to ‘fix’ the Casino 2nd floor balcony. To learn more about this use this link.

So. As we await all the trucks to show up and the work to begin, keep in mind this effort to try and find a way to fix this problem is nothing new. And also keep in mind this work will be going on during The Season.

Enjoy this blog post from August
of last year:

For those of you who keep track of such things, the architect and contractor for the Casino are working on a way to stop the water intrusion into the Casino building. If this pilot experiment works it will be employed where other water leaks occur on the second floor. At the beginning of June [remember, this is 2016] the City Commission gave them both until October to come up with a solution.

Below are two sets of pictures. It’s of the northeast area of the second floor terrace. You can see where a temporary plywood wall has been erected to cordon off the area.

[The first set of pictures was taken July 23rd last year. The second set was taken on August 13th.]

Photos from July 23rd, 2016.

Plywood partition to protect work area.

Area where the pilot “fix” is being implemented.

There are “porcelain-ized” tiles part of
this project.

The following photos are from August 13th, 2016.

A layer of visqueen is held down by
the new tiles.

The edge between old stone and new tile.

It appears the area where the wall meets the floor has some new flashing which might go under the new tile. The level between the new tile and the old appears to be at the same height, which means that the old tile was either removed or lowered somehow to accommodate the new. Further waterproofing probably went under the new tile.

There has also been work on the door’s threshold (top photo), which has been a major source of water after rain events. The work area goes approximately ¾ around the north side of the terrace. There will be an evaluation of the method’s success and then a decision will be made about doing the rest of the terrace area.

There is some hint this work may come at an additional cost or cause the building to change enough that Commission action will be needed to proceed. Stay tuned.

So. Here we are. Why all the flurry of activity to
try and fix the 2nd floor balcony?

When reports began coming in the Casino was flooding during a storm in September 2015 a news crew
from NBC5/WPTV showed up.  
Use this link for Casino construction timeline which includes the news segment from WPTV nearly two years ago now.