Decommissioning the Helipad at North Harbor – Part 2

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Last week, we announced our upcoming project at The Harbor Club decommissioning and removing the existing helipads on both the East and West Towers, in order to facilitate the installation of a new BMU (Building Maintenance Unit or Swing Stage … used to clean glass).  This is so exciting because it is the first of its kind in San Diego, it’s also just a really cool project to be involved in. We wanted to give you a little more of the backstory…

Our first call came in December 2016 asking us to assist Management and the Board of Directors of the San Diego Harbor Club. When we first received the call, the first and logical question was “who” designed the concept/system for the BMU.  “Olympique” a facade access consultant, more specifically David Ortiz and Victoria Vu.  In other words… one of the premiere facade access consultants in the U.S. was on board.

Having worked with David and his team before and recognizing some of the challenges that faced all of us, it was comforting to know that the entire team at Olympique would be there each step of the way to assist us through the challenges of landing 50,000 lb BMU’s on each of the hi-rise luxury towers.

Precisely maneuvering booms that extend over 100 LF, providing 360 access to the entirety of the 42 story luxury hi-rise structures, is not your typical retrofit and not a project to take lightly.

We cannot say thank you enough to David, Victoria and the entire team at Olympique for their efforts capturing the original concept into a set of detailed plans and specifications, as required by the City of San Diego Building Department. Awesome job guys!

…more of the story to follow.

P.S.  We currently have received preliminary approvals from both building and fire. Complete architectural, structural, MP&E drawings have been submitted to the City of San Diego. All goes well, we will have final approval in 2-3 months.

BMU, Helipad, Harbor Club, San Diego Construction, CMP, Cornerstone, Tom Brooks