Park Apartments Renovation|
The Rickman Partnership, Inc.
4328 N.W. 29th Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32605
Date Bid: July 2013
Construction Period: Sept 2013 to Jan 2014
Total Square Feet: 2,252
Site: 2.58 acres.
Number of Buildings: Two.
Building Sizes: 2,252; 4 apartments 563 sq. ft. each.
Building Height: First floor, 8’; total, 8’.
Basic Construction Type: Interior remodel.
Foundation: N/A Exterior Walls: N/A Roof: N/A
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall, metal stud drywall.
General Contractor: Oelrich Construction, Inc. - 25125 W.
Newberry Road, Newberry, FL 32669
The Scope of this Project included converting four existing one bedroom
apartments into four accessible units. The original apartments had
basically not been changed since they were constructed in the 1970's,
although they had been well maintained. Because Housing and Urban
Development funds were involved, the remodeling followed UFAS Guidelines
and was required to meet Zero Tolerance in many areas. Three areas of
major concern were identified: Bathrooms, Kitchens, and Entries, along
with minor areas such as door locations, electrical device locations and
The existing bathrooms were all the same and consisted of a water
closet, lavatory, and tub in a 5x7-foot space. To make these bathrooms
accessible required a complete demolition of all fixtures, wall and
floor finishes, and the two interior walls, so that access for
wheelchairs and people with disabilities could be provided. The final
bathroom space was 6x8-feet. New plumbing fixtures and accessories were
added to meet UFAS requirements for both size and location. Wood
blocking was installed at all locations for grab bars and accessories.
Two of the apartments were designed for tub installations and two
apartments were designed for roll-in shower installations. To finish the
bathrooms, new ceramic tile floors and walls were installed. New
lighting replaced the existing and an exhaust fan was added.
The existing kitchen area consisted of a single line of upper and lower
cabinets of standard heights with standard appliances. The Owner had
anticipated the possibility of accessibility remodeling when replacing
the cabinets several years ago and installed the cabinets as separate
units which could be easily moved and had also fabricated the base
cabinets to meet the required UFAS heights. The kitchen remodel required
eliminating a section of base and upper cabinets to allow for a new
drop-in range, removing the sink cabinet and sink in order to allow for
a new sink at an adjustable 28-inch height as required by UFAS. The
upper cabinets were lowered to provide required reach height for the
bottom shelf. Electrical outlets in the backsplash were lowered for the
accessible reach height requirements. The existing exhaust range hood
was provided with accessible wall switch. New counter tops were
installed at accessible heights. An approved accessible refrigerator was
The existing entry area had the typical entry closet and did not provide
space required for side or front-wheel chair approach. A new expanded
entrance was provided with accessible closet.
Other work included relocating electrical devices to within accessible
reach requirements; replacing existing electrical tank water heaters
with electric tank-less water heaters; installing new flooring and base
throughout the bedroom and living room areas, painting new and existing
walls, and installing new finish hardware with new lever handles.
The challenge during construction was maintaining the HUD requirements
of zero dimensional tolerances. This tolerance restriction was
particularly difficult when installing grab-bars on ceramic tile walls
and reinstalling existing cabinetry on existing un-level flooring.
These four units were completed in 2014 and were immediately occupied,
due to a waiting list. The Rickman Partnership, Inc. has a general
practice in Architecture and Interior Design and specializes in
Universal and Accessibility Design for new and existing construction.