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ICRI 2003 Project Award Winner
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Honorable Mention: Low-Rise Category

Sarasota Harbour West Condominium Repair
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Sarasota, Florida

Submitted by The Euclid Chemical Company

Sarasota Harbour West Condominium

Sarasota Harbour West Condominium Assoc., Inc.
Sarasota, Florida

Project Engineer/

Delta Engineering
Sarasota, Florida

Repair Contractor
Diversified Painting and Restoration
Zolfo Springs, Florida

Material Suppliers
The Euclid Chemical Company
Cleveland, Ohio

Construction Chemicals
Sarasota, Florida

Built in 1963, Harbour West is the oldest condominium in the city of Sarasota. The complex consists of four 3-story buildings. Each building has 24 units, for a total of 96 units altogether. The main objective of this repair project was to retain the architecture for the time period that the condominiums were built. Alternatives to restoration, i.e. aluminum rails, were not an option. 

The majority of the deterioration within each building was in the stairwell railings and walkway handrails. Each building has a differently designed handrail along the walkways. The varied and unusual design of the railings presented a real challenge to the restoration contractor.

Chloride induced corrosion of the reinforcement resulted in a high number of cracks and concrete spalls throughout the complex. Repairs were necessary in many areas of the condominiums, but the real challenge was in the rails themselves. In many areas, complete railings had to be replaced. The repair contractor was innovative in coming up with ways to replace the concrete while maintaining the unique appearance of each specially designed rail. 

The repair system consisted of cementitious/epoxy based coating for the protection of the reinforcement; a one-part microsilica modified, high-slump, flowable repair compound; and a polymer-modified, cementitious repair mortar with a low-slump used for vertical and overhead repairs.

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