As the old adage goes, ‘There is more than one way to refurbish a condominium building.’ The first course of action for the board is to know and understand the building, not the physical structure but the residents within its walls.
This initial step is key and the potential lynch pin to the success of the project. If the board understands the residents, then they can decide whether to include them in the process through either consultation or the committee structure.
In many cases the committee structure is the perfect vehicle for resident participation. Furthermore, many corporations have multiple committees which need to be consulted, and should be consulted, as many hands make for light work.
It is becoming more common for corporations to have a Conservation Committee which can make recommendations on energy saving systems such as LED lighting or even the use of occupancy sensors in low traffic areas. An Amenities Committee may have input on what activities go on in the amenities spaces and how the design should compliment those activities. These are two examples of how resident participation can enhance the refurbishment planning process.