Centennial official: HOA and Aspen’s assessments of mold differ widely
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN – A Centennial Homeowner’s Association official said Tuesday there are massive discrepancies between a city-commissioned investigation into what could be done about mold in the Aspen condo complex and a separate analysis done by HOA contractors.
Building Science Corp., which the city hired to evaluate the problem, found about the $50,000 worth of damage to each building, said Steve Bossart, the city’s project manager.
But Ed Cross, the president of the HOA, said that different findings suggest it could cost in the ballpark of $140,000 to fix the siding alone on just one-sixth of each of the seven buildings. He spoke during a joint meeting yesterday between the City Council and the Pitkin County commissioners.
At the beginning of his presentation, Cross lauded Building Science Corp. as having “the best reputation with mold,” but he also said the company and Rudd Construction, a Basalt construction firm that helped with the analysis, overlooked some of the mold.
“In the mold analysis you guys did … all the mold was probably not in living spaces,” Cross said. “That is just not correct.”
Studies done by HOA contractors indicated that it could cost up to $10 million to fix the problem.
The City Council and commissioners decided the various contractors who have examined the property should meet to determine the source of the discrepancies and return with solutions.
Assistant City Manager Barry Crook said during the meeting that Building Science’s findings are far “less dire” than the city originally suspected when it authorized the study last year after moisture damage from broken pipes was discovered.
Bossart said condensation had occurred in attics, crawl spaces, windows, walls joints and roofs.
He recommended several methods to fix the problem, including completely replacing certain parts of walls and windows.
Cross said the HOA may have to impose a fee or a special taxing district to rebuild much of the complex if the damage is as urgent as he suggested. If the Building Science analysis turns out to be more accurate, though, the HOA has the funds on hand to pay for the repairs, Cross said.
Bossart said the difference between the two studies may not be that large.
“There’s about 90 percent concurrence on what needs to be done,” he said.
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Pitkin County administrators are proposing a more than $142 million budget for 2020, which is about $6 million less than this year because of fewer construction projects and capital improvements.