March 20, 2014 - 1:42 PM
KELOWNA - Legacy II Apartments, largely destroyed by fire last summer has new bones today as the construction company hired to rebuild begins the framework.
The fire at 770 Rutland Road north in Kelowna started on the second floor of the 62 unit condiminium complex, likely caused by a barbecue. It spread quickly along the outside of the building before collapsing the entire roof onto the fourth floor. Though some homes were saved, many received extensive smoke damage. More than 100 residents were displaced.
Kelowna's MGC Construction was chosen for reconstruction of the exterior, including removal and reinstallation of roofing, re-framing, replacement of the elevator shaft as well as reinstallation of all exterior materials.
Phase two of the build will include all interior reconstruction such as plumbing, electrical, and fire protection on the fourth floor. New interior finishes like drywall, flooring, painting, cabinets and fixtures will complete phase two. Because the building was close to ten years old, President of MGC Construction, Corey Makus, says homeowners were offered a chance to choose flooring and cabinets, fixtures and a colour scheme to match their lifestyle.
"We're working to get these displaced homeowners back into their homes as soon as possible, and we hope that providing options to refresh and personalize their homes during the construction process will make the wait easier and make moving back in even more exciting for them," Makus says.
The project is expected to be finished in September, 2014.
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