PYATOK, along with a team of expert consultants, is currently repairing 143 student apartments at UC Santa Cruz. The original apartments—completed in 2004—consists of 17 student housing buildings situated over four on-campus residential colleges; Kresge College, Stevenson College, Cowell College and Porter College; and housed approximately 652 undergraduates. Since the time of completion, multiple reports of building damage were made and the University elected to have a forensic investigation of the buildings. The investigations uncovered significant defects in mechanical ventilation systems, plumbing systems, windows, roofing, waterproofing and flashing, and damage to finishes and structure of the exterior cement plaster.
The scope of work includes renovating the existing buildings in two phases with high-grade stucco waterproofing systems, enhancing the flashing details, upgrading the accessible units to meet current code, designing an enhanced mechanical exhaust system that incorporates a new fresh air intake, coordination of extensive structural inspection and repairs, and coordination of rigorous window waterproofing design and on-site testing. The repair work also incorporated simple design gestures to refine the existing design within the existing framework. Many of these design elements were not intended to be ornamental, but added to protect the buildings and improve their longevity.