Willow Grove Condominium 2019 Building Restoration Project

Thank you for visiting the blog. It is dedicated to the 2019 building restoration project. Please visit the blog periodically for answers to frequently asked question and project status updates. We appreciate your patience during the project. 



Project links

Atlas Building restoration project (What to expect) Click to view


Please contact 612-254-7373 or Email Info@Atlasmn.com With any questions or concerns. 


All dates are “Weather permitting” and are subject to change with little notice. 



Please be advised that the East concrete stair replacement is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 22nd “Weather Permitting”. The project will begin with the removal of the concrete steps. During the project, this entry will be shut down until the new steps are poured and allowed to cure. Please prepare for the noise and vibrations that will be associated with the removal and installation of the new steps.



Thursday, 7/18/2019- The repairs to the subfloor have started and this will remove the soft spots in the area. This has slowed the process and will delay the finishing of the project but this is the time to make the repairs. The crews have continued to remove the carpet from the rest of the building. They will begin installing the new carpet in the areas where there are no issues. This is the stairwells and elevator lobbies. The first floor is spancrete and will not have the same issues like the 2nd and 3rd floor. The order and schedule have been impacted due to the subfloor issues. We will do our best to keep you updated but we will be working all over trying to keep the progress moving. 

Subfloor repair process





Tuesday, 7/16/2019- After the carpet and pad were removed, we discovered several areas in the hallways that have failed subfloor. The issue appears to be with the plywood seam in between the floor joist. The subfloor installed was not tung and grove. This creates an unsupported weak spot on the floor and is causing the gypcrete to crack due to the movement. We are going to remove the areas of cracked gypcrete, install additional plywood to help support the weight and then install new gypcrete with. We are going to try this in two spots to make sure it will work before we make this repair to all of the areas. 




The carpet replacement is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 15th. and is expected to take 3 weeks. A tear-out crew will start on the 3r floor and move down from there. An installation crew will follow behind. Please exercise caution when you’re moving around the common areas. 

Carpet Notice Click to view



Tuesday, 7/9/2019- The brickwork is about 60% complete. They are expecting to finish up the middle of next week, weather permitting. 



Wednesday, 7/3/2019- Brick repairs are moving along well and will continue for the next two weeks likey. We are meeting with a Sherwin Williams rep Wednesday, July 10th. to create two color options for the hallway painting. We are expecting the carpet replacement to begin the following week of July 15th. A separate notice will be sent out prior to work beginning. Have a great 4th of July!


Thursday, 6/27/2019- The new lights are in and the difference is very noticeable. The brick masons are moving along well as the front of the building is nearing completion. 


Hallway light replacement is scheduled to begin Thursday, June 27th at 7:30 am. The work is expected to take two days.

Light replacement notice click to view

During the work, the power will be turned off to allow the electricians to safely replace the lights. The use of extension cords and temporary lighting will be utilized the help light the hallways while the work is taking place. PLEASE USE CAUTION WHILE THE POWER IS OFF AND LIGHT IS LIMITED. 

New fixture


Monday, 6/24/2019- the first couple of homes have had the lintel work completed and everything is going well. The crew will continue to work their way around the building. They will post a notice on your home the day before work is scheduled to begin.



Friday, 6/21/2019- The brick and lintel restoration portion of the project began yesterday with work beginning on the Northwest corner and moving in a counterclockwise direction. 

Brick project notice (What to expect) Click to view



Friday, 6/21/2019- The roofing project is nearing completion as all of the new TPO membrane has been installed to all sections of the roof. There is only detail work around the gutter scuppers, plumbing boots, and exhaust vent boxes. The custom bent metal cap flashing has been measured and will be installed after it manufactured off-site. 



Monday, 6/17/2019- The shingle crew will be wrapping up their portion by tomorrow. The flat roof tear-off will be completed today so all of the major noise should be done. There is still lots of detail and scupper work to be completed before total completion. We have the satellite store scheduled to realign the dishes tomorrow.



Wednesday, 6/12/2019- while roof loading the other side of the building we noticed the below turf damage. This was caused by the firetruck that was on site Monday and not caused by Atlas. 



Tuesday, 6/11/2019- The crew work over the weekend and well into the evening on Monday. A full wing of the roof has been torn off and replaced. The shingle crew was also on site replacing all of the small roofs over the balconies and the front and back entrances. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you but we needed to get everything sealed up. With the threat of rain today, we will not be opening up any new sections of the roof but the shingle crew will work until the rain comes. 



Friday 6/7/2019 The crews were back at removing the old layover Durolast roof to expose the BUTR. All of the aggregates will be removed! in order to get down to a solid surface. The tear-off is going well but it’s a long slow tough job that isn’t any easier due to the extreme heat. Thanks to all of the hard-working members of the crew! They will be back at it tomorrow Saturday, June 8th. 



Thursday 6/6/2019 The roofing project has begun and things are starting well. We only had one car parked in the staging area. The crane was set up and materials will be lifted on to the roof while all debris will be brought down by the crane and placed into the dumpsters. This process will continue the duration of the project. 




The old membrane was removed and we discovered the old roof was a layover. The original built-up tar roof (BUTR) was covered with 3/4″ insulation and then covered with the membrane. We will be removing the BUTR roof to expose the insulation so any damaged wood decking can be discovered and replaced prior to installing the new TPO membrane. 



Projects to be completed


1) Replace the TPO membrane flat roof. “Weather Permitting” starting Thursday, June 6th. With job expected to take 10-15 working days. Crews will be working 7 am to 7 pm Monday-Saturday. 


2) Replace asphalt shingles pitched roofs.


3) Tuckpointing and metal lintel protection.


4) Replace all common area carpeting.


5) Paint all common areas.


6) Install new wall sconce light fixtures. 


7) Replace east wing rear concrete stairs.