3631 Chatham St Richmond BC

3631 Chatham St Richmond BC

3631 Chatham Street Richmond


Phase 1

Challenge: Excessive amounts of fill installed prior to developing the site caused the property west of the building to sink 4”, which resulted in extensive damage to 3 end units. Due to lawsuits and legal red tape, it took 7 years to get approval for this project. Columbus helped in all aspects of the approval process.


Solution: The west wall and interior drywall were removed, and the entire west side of the building was raised with beams and cranes to make it level. All structural framing was upgraded to meet current code and seismic requirements, and a new rainscreen system was installed.

Budget and Timeline: Unfortunately, City of Richmond upgrades caused this project to go over budget and the expected timeline. Columbus fulfilled its contract and completed the work at no extra cost to the strata.

Phase 2

Challenge: Extensive structural rot to the 2nd floor balconies had created a safety hazard. The vinyl wall cladding also needed upgrading.

Solution: A protective tunnel was installed underneath the balconies to ensure the continued safety for the businesses below that kept operating during construction. The 2nd floor balconies were then completely removed and rebuilt to current building code standards. Total remediation included balconies, south elevation walls, and installing new windows and doors.


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