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The former residents of  Parkview Retirement Complex may soon be moving back into the Baker facility, according to one of Fallon County’s commissioners.

The project to renovate Parkview 1 started almost a year ago when three county commissioners held a meeting in the common area to discuss the need to repair and renovate the building and for the residents to move elsewhere until the job was completed.

County Commissioner Steve Baldwin was one of the three at the June 2020 meeting and has said that the $2.2 million project is nearing completion and residents may get the chance to move back in sometime in May – or maybe a little sooner.

The company doing the renovations still has some things to finish up before the residents can return, Baldwin explained.

“We are hoping that by the end of April they (residents) can move back in,” he said Tuesday. “We still have some electrical things – but they could probably be done at a later date. We are still on our timeline. The contractors have told us they are still on time as far as they are concerned.”

The workmen are already installing carpet in a couple of the rooms and have put all the counter tops in, the commissioner explained. “They are getting down to the nitty gritty inside the apartments.”

The workers are still finishing up the interior painting, he added.

From the start

During the June 2020 meeting, commissioner Deb Ranum told the residents the complex has been in need of repair for a number of years and it has always been put off.

“We have known for years that we would have to fix it up. We just kept putting it off and putting it off and doing other projects.”

According to the people in the building, some of the needed repairs included a carpet with gaps covered by strips of duct tape and also has exposed nails coming through. The residents have also cited problems with drainage where water comes through the walls into the basement and also problems keeping the rooms warm or cool, depending on the season.

The June 2020 meeting was held in the greeting room of the complex with commissioners Deb Ranum, Roy Rost and Baldwin.

Identified as Parkview 1, the project started after the residents were relocated.

The project was to repair the building interior and exterior, which meant forcing the building to be vacated.

Chad Sutton of SDI Architects + Design in Miles City is the project designer for the more than $2 million renovation and repair of the oldest section Parkview Retirement Complex. T. W. Clark Construction of Billings won the bid for the project in February 2020 with a $2,062,706 offer.

In addition to repairing the water drainage and damage, the contractors were also to update the air conditioning, plumbing and fixtures in the 12 apartments in the older Parkview 1 building. The building was built in the 1980s.

“We are going to address  some problems they are having with water on the outside of the building finding its way into the inside of the building. There are some structural problems with the foundation on the south side of the building. So that is going to be excavated and a new overlay foundation is going to be added to that south base,” Sutton said before beginning work.

“The new foundation is to fix a big crack. There are some pretty substantial cracks in the foundation on the south side of the building. It is a structural problem that we need to stop so that we don’t keep expanding the crack,” he explained.

The water problem has several causes, Sutton said. “They have some ground water that is making its way in from underground and coming up. Also, there is close to 26,000 square feet of roof that drains into the courtyard.  It is coming off the nursing home, the hospital, Parkview 1, the new expansion that was done. There is a whole bunch of them trying to get into a manhole and the storm drain. When you get the big heavy rains, it is not able to take (all the water) right now.”

There is some water damage to the main floor, he added. “That is going to get repaired.”

“The carpet (on the main floor) has some wrinkles in it because it has gotten wet so many times. The plywood that is underneath it has warped and delaminated so it needs to be replaced.”

There is more to the project than just repairing water damage, Sutton said in July 2020.

“The other portion to this project will be upgrading the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. It has hydraulic hot water heat and the pipes have been failing and springing leaks all over the building for the last probably ten years. It has gotten to the point where it is not worth fixing. We are looking at replacing all of the heating and air conditioning in all of the 12 apartments,” he said.

When the residents return to the apartment after the repairs are finished, they will notice some small changes, especially in closet space. “It isn’t very much, about 18 inches by 24 inch space for the duct work. Actually, the ground floor apartments will give up more than the upper floor because the heat pump and furnaces are going to be located in the basement. It is going to come up from underneath so the first floor apartments will have their duct plus the duct for the unit above them going through,” Sutton explained.


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