Construction Updates from Golden West

To keep the Golden West community updated on our Low-Income Housing Tax Credit and Renovation Project, this page will provide weekly construction updates moving forward. Updates can also be found in our “Community Update” newsletter and our community’s LifeShare monitors.

July 28, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • The South Tower apartment renovations continue, with 67 complete as of 7/23 (48% of the South Tower). Renovation work in the 6th floor apartments is underway and will finish on Monday, August 2nd. Residents on the 5th floor received notices on 7/23 about their upcoming dates. Floors 4, 3, and 2 should expect work in August, and floors 1 and 14 in September.
  • Renovation work in the South Tower elevator lobbies and corridors continues with workers removing the overhead soffits in the 5th floor corridor this week, and will be moving to the 4th floor on Friday, July 30th. Reconstruction of the overhead soffits, installation of new lighting, replacement of carpet, and painting has begun on floors 9 through 12. Lower floors will follow in sequence throughout the summer as apartment work completes. As a reminder, please limit your trips through the hallways during this work if possible.
  • The Sitting Room and adjacent public restroom were inspected by the City on Friday and have been released to Golden West for use. Furniture for the Sitting Room is tentatively scheduled for delivery the week of August 9th.
  • The new Recreation Room across the hall from the Pantry remains unavailable as we are waiting for inspections by the City of Boulder. We do not have confirmed dates for the inspections to occur but are hopeful they will be soon.
  • Renovation of the main kitchen is nearing completion, with only minor items requiring attention. Once finished, the kitchen will need to be inspected and released by the City before we can resume operation. In the meantime, New Horizon Foods is actively planning the reopening of the dining room.
  • Renovation of the administrative offices and the reception desk remain on schedule, and are tentatively scheduled for release in early August.
  • As many residents undoubtedly watched, a large crane was positioned in front of Golden West on Adams Circle to lift a new heating/cooling unit to the roof of the Penthouse. This new equipment is designed to not only improve temperature control in the Penthouse, but also help circulate air to the lower elevator lobbies and hallways of the Central Tower.
  • Work continues on the construction of the new Assisted Living elevator shaft, with workers approaching the top. Connection of the shaft to the building and exterior brickwork will begin soon.
  • New fitness equipment for the Wellness Center (where Legacy is located) is scheduled for delivery. Two recumbent cycles, a treadmill, and a weight machine will soon be available for resident use.
  • Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.

July 26, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • The South Tower apartment renovations continue, with 58 complete as of July 16, (which is 42% of the South Tower).  Renovation work in the 7th floor apartments will finished July 23, and the 6th floor units will begin July 29.  Floors 5, 4, 3, and 2 should expect work in August, and floors 1 and 14 in September.
  • Renovation work in the South Tower elevator lobbies and corridors is underway.  Workers will begin removing the overhead soffits in the 5th floor and will be moving to the 4th floor on July 30th.  Reconstruction of the overhead soffits, installation of new lighting, replacement of carpet, and painting has begun on floors 9 through 12.  Lower floors will follow in sequence throughout the summer as apartment work completes.  As a reminder, please limit your trips through the hallways during this work if possible.
  • Work in the South Tower laundry room is expected to resume after being paused due to unforeseen issues with the ventilation and plumbing systems that required architect and engineer review.  Once this work resumes, please expect the noise level to increase.
  • The South Tower ramp and 1st floor hallway through to the Central Tower opened July 16.  The adjacent Sitting Room, public restroom, and the new Recreation Room across the hall from the Pantry remain unavailable for use at this time, as we are waiting for inspections by the City of Boulder.  We do not have confirmed dates for the inspections, but are hopeful they will be soon.  Once these areas pass inspection and are released by the City, furniture delivery can be scheduled, and the areas returned for use by residents.
  • Renovation of the main kitchen is nearing completion.  Once completed, the kitchen will need to be inspected and released by the City before we can resume operation.  In the meantime, New Horizon Foods is actively planning the reopening of the dining room.
  • Renovation of the administrative offices and the reception desk remain on schedule, and are tentatively scheduled for release in early August.
  • With the South Tower ramp and 1st floor hallway to the Central Tower opened, the Penthouse was closed to begin reconstruction.  For the duration of this project, the Penthouse will remain closed.  A new heating/cooling unit arrived on July 26th, and noisy activities will return to that space.  You may have seen a large crane in front of Golden West on Adams Circle to lift the new heating/cooling unit to the Penthouse roof.  This new equipment should not only improve temperature control in the Penthouse, but it is also designed to help circulate air to the lower elevator lobbies and hallways of the Central Tower.
  • Work continues on the construction of the new Assisted Living elevator shaft, with workers approaching the top floors.
  • Painting of the exterior stucco of the Central Tower (under the windows) continues, and is expected to last through July 30th.  This project requires the use of a swing stage, so that workers can move freely outside of the building.  Please expect to see workers directly outside your windows while completing this task.
  • Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.
  • As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity.  Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.

July 12, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • The South Tower apartment renovations continue, with 49 complete as of 7/12 (which is 35% of the South Tower). Apartments on the 7th floor begin renovation work on Wednesday this week. Notices will be distributed to 6th floor residents later this week outlining the upcoming renovation dates for the remainder of July. Floors 5, 4, 3, and 2 should expect work in August, and floors 1 and 14 in September.
  • Renovation work in the South Tower elevator lobbies and corridors is underway. Workers will begin removing the overhead soffits in the 6th floor corridor this week, and will be moving to the 5th floor on July 22nd. Corridor and elevator lobby carpet removal resumes on floors 7, 6, and 5 on July 15th. Reconstruction of the overhead soffits, installation of new lighting, replacement of carpet, and painting has begun on floors 10 through 12. Lower floors will follow in sequence throughout the summer as apartment work completes. As a reminder, please limit your trips through the hallways during this work if possible.
  • Work in the South Tower laundry room was paused due to unforeseen issues with the ventilation and plumbing systems for the expanded space. Unfortunately, this required an extensive review by the architects and engineers.  Work should resume in this area soon.
  • Renovations of the South Tower ramp, the adjacent Sitting Room and public restroom, and the main kitchen are nearing completion. If the City inspections remain on schedule and require no further action, these areas could be released for use very soon.
  • Renovation of the administrative offices and the reception desk remain on schedule, and are tentatively scheduled for release in early August.
  • The Penthouse is tentatively scheduled to begin reconstruction on July 19th, and will require full closure of this space. A firm date will be announced once we receive confirmation that the South Tower ramp and corridor through to the Central Tower lobby is complete, as this will become the new way to move between the Central and South buildings. Also, on July 26th, a large crane will again be positioned in front of Golden West on Adams Circle to lift a new heating/cooling unit to the Penthouse roof. This new equipment should not only improve temperature control in the Penthouse, but it is also designed to help circulate air to the lower elevator lobbies and hallways of the Central Tower.
  • Work continues on the construction of the new Assisted Living elevator shaft, with workers approaching the top floors.
  • Painting of the exterior stucco of the Central Tower (under the windows) began last week, and is expected to last through August 6th. This project requires the use of a swing stage, so that workers can move freely outside of the building. Please expect to see workers directly outside your windows while completing this task.
  • The boilers will be temporarily shut down tomorrow, July 13th from 9AM to 11AM to install a new valve. There will be limited hot water during this timeframe, but should return to normal once the work is complete.
  • I hope all residents have had an opportunity to see the newly installed landscaping along the entry canopy of the main entrance. It looks beautiful!
  • Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.
  • As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.

June 28, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • South Tower apartment renovations continue, with 34 complete as of June 25 (24% of the South Tower). Apartments on the 9th floor began renovation work on June 25, and should finish just after July 4th. Floors 8, 7, and 6 should plan for work in July, too. Floors 5, 4, 3, and 2 should expect work in August, and floors 1 and 14 in September. Notices were distributed to 8th floor residents today with specific dates for renovation. Notices for subsequent floors will be released accordingly.
  • Renovation in the South Tower elevator lobbies and corridors is underway. Workers continue to remove the overhead soffits in the corridors on the 8th floor this week, and will be moving to the 7th floor on July 6th. Carpet removal is complete on floors 8 through 12 and removal on floors 7, 6, and 5 will begin July 15th. Reconstruction of the overhead soffits, installation of new lighting, replacement of carpet, and painting started on the 12th floor. Lower floors will follow in sequence from 11 to 8 throughout July. As a reminder, please limit your trips through the hallways during this work if possible.
  • Renovations of the South Tower ramp, the adjacent Sitting Room and public restroom, the administrative offices, the reception desk, and the main kitchen remain on schedule, and are looking very nice. Some of these areas may be released for use in early to mid-July.
  • Work continues on the construction of the new Assisted Living elevator shaft, with the first floor taking shape.
  • The construction team will soon paint the exterior stucco of the Central Tower (under the windows), tentatively to begin July 7th. This project will require the use of a swing stage, so workers can move freely outside of the building.
  • All dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.
  • As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.

June 21, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • The South Tower apartment renovations continue, with 23 complete as of Friday last week (which is 16% of the South Tower). Based upon the current schedule, apartments on the 10th floor should be complete by the end of this week, with the 9th floor apartments finishing just after the July 4th holiday. Floors 8, 7, and 6 should plan for work in July. Floors 5, 4, 3, and 2 should expect work in August, and floors 1 and 14 in September. Notices have been distributed to residents on floors 10 and part of 9 identifying the specific dates that renovation work will occur. Notices for subsequent floors will be released as work progresses. South Tower apartment work that will be completed includes: new windows, new air conditioning units, new entry door and electronic lock, installation of the updated fire alarm system and cable/internet wiring, replacement of the thermostat, and range and/or toilet replacement (depending on age).
  • Renovation work in the South Tower elevator lobbies and corridors is underway. Workers continue to remove the overhead soffits in the corridors on the 9th floor, and will be moving to the 8th floor this week. Carpet removal began last week on the 11th and 12th floors, and will continue on the 8th and 9th floors this week. Carpet removal on the 10th floor happen the week of June 28th. Workers have begun reconstructing the overhead soffits on the 12th floor, and will begin painting later this week. 
  • Renovations of the South Tower ramp, the adjacent Sitting Room and public restroom, the administrative offices, the reception desk, and the main kitchen remain on schedule. Some of these areas may be released for use in early July. Once the main kitchen is fully functional, we will begin the process of reopening the Dining Room for in-person service.
  • Work continues on the new Assisted Living elevator shaft, with the start of vertical construction of this addition (which is very exciting to see!). As you may have already noticed, there is an increase in the amount of activity near the east parking lot entrance with the delivery of equipment and materials for this project.  Workers will be present to direct traffic as necessary.
  • Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.
  • As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.

June 7, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • The South Tower apartment renovations have begun, with three completed Friday, June 4.  Based on the current schedule, floors 12, 11, and 10 should be updated in the month of June.  Floors 9, 8, 7, and 6 should plan for work in July.  Floors 5, 4, 3, and 2 should expect work in August, and floors 1 and 14 in September.  Because of the nature and sequence of work needing completion, South Tower residents will be asked to vacate their apartments for three days in this process.  At this time, we continue to expect that residents will be able to return to their apartments each evening.  Golden West will provide hospitality apartments for residents to use daily during their scheduled renovation dates.  Residents may also choose to stay with family or friends.  Notices have been delivered to residents on floors 12 and part of 11 identifying the specific dates of that renovation.  Notices for subsequent floors will be released as work progresses.  The South Tower apartment work to be completed includes:  new windows, new air conditioning units, new entry door and electronic lock, installation of the updated fire alarm system and cable/internet wiring, replacement of the thermostat, and range and/or toilet replacement (depending on age).
  • Workers are removing the overhead soffits on the 11th floor of the South Tower and will be moving to the 10th floor this week.  As mentioned in a previous weekly update, this will require two residents per day to temporarily exit their apartment between 8AM and 5PM, as work will happen immediately outside the unit door.  Golden West will provide hospitality apartments for affected residents on these scheduled dates.
  • Renovations of the South Tower ramp, the adjacent Sitting Room and public restroom, the administrative offices, the reception desk, and the main kitchen are underway and on schedule.  If work remains on schedule, some of these areas may be released for use by late June or early July.  Once the main kitchen is fully functional, we will begin reopening the Dining Room for in-person service.
  • Work continues on the concrete foundation of the new Assisted Living elevator shaft.  Palace will begin installing scaffolding the week of June 14th to start the vertical construction of this addition.  This next phase of work will increase the amount of activity near the east parking lot entrance.  Workers will be present to direct traffic as necessary.
  • Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.
  • As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity.  Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors and Channel 14 for important construction updates.

May 24, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • It has taken some considerable planning and revision (and more revision), but the South Tower apartment renovations are now scheduled to begin on June 1st.  Because of the nature and sequence of work needing completion, South Tower residents will be asked to vacate their apartments for three consecutive days in this process.  At this time, it is expected that residents will be able to return to their apartments each evening.  Golden West will provide hospitality apartments for residents to use daily during their scheduled renovation dates.  Residents may also choose to stay with family or friends.  Work will begin on the 12th Floor, and notices will be delivered outlining scheduled dates to those residents this week.  Notices to subsequent floors will be released as work progresses.  South Tower apartment work that will be completed includes:  new windows, new air conditioning units, new entry door and electronic lock, installation of the updated fire alarm system and cable/internet wiring, replacement of the thermostat, and range and/or toilet replacement (depending on age).
  • Due to the presence of potential asbestos-containing materials, the plan for renovating the South Tower corridors has been modified slightly.  Workers will need to remove the overhead soffits (where wiring is located) on floors 11 through 2 using containment barriers.  This will require two residents per day to temporarily exit their apartment between 8AM and 1PM, as work will happen immediately outside the unit door.  Golden West will provide hospitality apartments for affected residents on these scheduled dates.  This work is expected to begin June 1st.
  • Renovations of the South Tower ramp, the adjacent Sitting Room and public restroom, the administrative offices, the reception desk, and the main kitchen are currently underway and on schedule.  If work remains on schedule, some of these areas may be released for use by mid to late June.  Once the main kitchen is fully functional, we will begin the process of reopening the Dining Room for in-person service.
  • The installation of the new furniture and artwork for the Central Tower elevator lobbies has been delayed due to a shipping coordination issue.  Hopefully, the problem will be resolved quickly, with a new installation date selected soon.
  • The concrete foundation of the new Assisted Living elevator shaft is scheduled to be poured in phases this week.  This work is expected to be noisy.
  • Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.

As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity.  Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.


May 10, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • As I mentioned last week, the South Tower apartment renovations are now tentatively scheduled to begin the week of May 17th. There are still a few subcontractor coordination issues that need to be resolved so that the process can begin, so this date may shift out a few days as plans are finalized. Because of the nature and sequence of work needing completion, South Tower residents will be asked to vacate their apartment for more than one day in this process. At this time and with current information, residents should be able to return to their apartment each evening. Like with Central Tower apartment renovations, Golden West will provide a hospitality apartment for the resident on the days of his/her renovation. Work is still planned to begin on the 12th Floor, and we will attempt to provide at least a five-day notice of when a resident’s apartment renovation will start.
  • Renovations of the South Tower ramp, the adjacent Sitting Room and public restroom, the administrative offices, the reception desk, and the main kitchen are currently underway and on schedule. If work remains on schedule, some of these areas may be released for use by mid to late June.
  • The new furniture for the Central Tower elevator lobbies is scheduled for delivery on May 20th, with artwork and bulletin boards tentatively scheduled for installation May 24th and 25th.
  • Excavation work for the foundation of the new Assisted Living elevator shaft is scheduled to continue Wednesday, May 12th. The front façade by the Mezzanine entrance is also being prepared (with brick removal) so that the new structure can be connected as construction starts moving up the side of the building. This work is expected to be very noisy.
  • Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.
  • As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.

May 3, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • All South Tower residents received a notice on April 23rd announcing the start of apartment renovation activity and a general outline of what to expect. The notice indicated a start date of May 10th. As of this morning, the schedule has been pushed back one week to now begin on May 17th. The construction team has encountered a number of issues that need to be worked through before work can begin. If this date holds, residents on the 12th floor should expect to receive notices of their specific apartment renovation dates by the beginning of next week.
  • Renovations of the South Tower ramp, the adjacent Sitting Room and public restroom, the administrative offices, the reception desk, and the main kitchen are currently underway and on schedule.
  • Work in the Central Tower corridors and elevator lobbies is nearing completion. New furniture, artwork, and bulletin boards are tentatively scheduled for installation the week of May 17th.
  • The three Central Tower one-bedroom units (210, 310, 410) that are being converted for ADA accessibility are tentatively scheduled for completion on May 7th.
  • Foundation work for the new Assisted Living elevator shaft is underway. The front façade by the Mezzanine entrance is being prepared so that the new structure can be connected as construction starts moving up the side of the building. This work is expected to be very noisy.
  • Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.
  • As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.

April 19, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • Construction activity is quickly moving to new areas of the community, and will require some extra patience, adjustment, and cooperation in the coming weeks. With several projects wrapping up in the Central Tower, the focus is shifting to the South Tower. The overall timetable for South Tower renovation projects is five months, with a tentative ending date in late September.
  • Apartment renovation in the South Tower is tentatively scheduled to begin on May 10th. The construction team has encountered a number of issues that need to be worked through before work can begin. Hopefully, the schedule will be finalized this week, and we’ll have specific dates and expectations for residents soon. Under the current plan, work will begin on the 12th floor.
  • The South Tower laundry room is scheduled to close Friday, April 23rd, to expand the space and increase the number of washer and dryer units. South Tower residents may use the machines in the Central Tower, which are located on floors 3 through 10. This project will take some time to complete, as the plumbing and ventilation systems need to be completely rebuilt to meet current codes and the increased capacity.
  • The South Tower ramp is being removed and rebuilt, so that it is less steep and easier to navigate. This reconstruction is expected to take two months, as the adjacent Sitting Room is also being renovated.
  • Renovation of the administrative offices, the reception desk, and the main kitchen has begun. The administrative offices and reception desk are expected to take three months to complete. The main kitchen is tentatively scheduled to take two months to complete. Residents will still be able to order food for delivery or obtain items from the new Pantry.
  • Work in the Central Tower corridors and elevator lobbies is nearing completion. The 2nd floor is scheduled to be painted this week, with flooring installed immediately afterward. Because this floor is a high-traffic area, there may be periods where we will need to redirect residents and visitors during the week to avoid interfering with necessary construction activities. New furniture, artwork, bulletin boards, and resident mail/notice pockets have been ordered, but will likely not arrive until late May.
  • Renovation of the Central Tower laundry rooms is nearly complete, with new washers and dryers scheduled for delivery this Friday, April 23rd.
  • The site for the new Assisted Living elevator shaft has been cleared, and foundation work is scheduled to begin this week. The first-floor entrance to the Mezzanine is closed, with building access from the east parking lot redirected to the newly opened east main entrance. The existing Mezzanine elevator will remain operational. This work is expected to be very noisy.
  • Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.
  • As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.

April 12, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • Another important milestone today with the opening of the east main entrance. Because of our COVID-19 visitor screening protocols, this entrance will only be available to residents. All others will still be required to use the west entrance, which includes resident visitors. A very important change at this entrance is the location of the door entry reader, which has been moved from the vestibule to the exterior of the building (it is on the left before you enter the building). Also, we will be arranging to have the narrow strip of dirt along the south side of the walkway relandscaped in the coming weeks.
  • We will begin relocating the Beauty Salon and Wellness Center operations into the newly completed spaces over the next two weeks.
  • Construction has quickly moved to new phases, including the renovation of the administrative offices, the reception desk, the main kitchen, the former Sitting Room, and the ramp to the South Tower. Alternate paths through the community will require taking the elevator to the 11th floor and crossing through the Penthouse, or traveling outside and re-entering the building. This Thursday, April 15th, the main kitchen will close with all food service activity moving to the newly renovated grill line in the Dining Room. Residents will still be able to order food for delivery, or obtain items from the new Pantry.
  • Construction of the new Assisted Living elevator shaft is scheduled to begin this week. The first-floor entrance to the Mezzanine is closed, with building access from the east parking lot redirected to the newly opened east main entrance. The existing Mezzanine elevator will remain operational. This work is expected to be very noisy.
  • Work in the Central Tower corridors and elevator lobbies is nearing completion. The 2nd floor is currently scheduled to be painted the week of April 19th, with flooring installed immediately afterward. Because this floor is a high-traffic area, there may be periods where we will need to redirect residents and visitors during the week to avoid interfering with necessary construction activities. New furniture, artwork, bulletin boards, and resident mail/notice pockets have been ordered, but will likely not arrive until late May.
  • Renovation of the Central Tower laundry rooms is expected to finish on floors 3, 5, 7, and 9 this week. If we stay on schedule, new washers and dryers may be delivered the week of April 19th.
  • The construction team is still planning to begin work on the exterior of the South Tower very soon, but have needed to take additional time to evaluate safety concerns. This exterior work can be easily impacted by windy or poor weather conditions.
  • Apartment renovation in the South Tower is now tentatively scheduled to begin on May 3rd. Palace has needed additional time to finalize the schedule, and troubleshoot issues related to the installation of wiring for the new fire alarm and new cable TV/internet systems.
  • Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.
  • As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.

April 5, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • We achieved a significant milestone last week with the final inspection and acceptance of the renovated first-floor Central Tower public areas by the City of Boulder building inspectors. This allows us to begin moving through spaces that we have not seen for many, many months. Today, we began issuing keys to the new mailboxes. In the coming weeks, we move the Beauty Salon and Legacy staff members into their new spaces.
  • With newly released spaces, construction will move immediately to the next phase, which includes the administrative offices, the reception desk, the main kitchen, the area where the old mailboxes are located (formerly known as the Sitting Room), and the ramp to the South Tower. Beginning Wednesday, April 7th, the South Tower ramp and the old mailbox area will be closed for demolition activity. Alternate paths through the community will require taking the elevator to the 11th floor and crossing through the Penthouse, or traveling outside and re-entering the building. On April 15th, the main kitchen will close with all food service activity moving to the newly renovated grill line in the Dining Room. Residents will still be able to order food for delivery, or obtain items from the new Pantry.
  • The east main entrance is scheduled to be released back to Golden West for use this Friday, April 9th. Because of our COVID-19 visitor screening protocols, this entrance will only be available to residents. All others will still be required to use the west entrance.
  • On Monday, April 12th, construction of the new Assisted Living elevator shaft is scheduled to begin. This will require the temporary closure of the first-floor entrance to the Mezzanine, with building access from the east parking lot redirected to the east main entrance. The existing Mezzanine elevator will remain operational. This work is expected to be very noisy, much like when the east entry canopy was constructed.
  • Installation of guard rails along the new, heated sidewalks in the west parking lot is underway this week. Once this project is complete, the protective barriers can be removed, as well as the scaffolding in the east parking lot under the Mezzanine.
  • Work in the Central Tower corridors and elevator lobbies continues, with workers reconstructing the overhead soffits, painting, and installing new carpet, lighting, apartment number signs, directional signage, and window coverings on floors 2 through 10. If we remain on schedule, the majority of work in the Central Tower corridors and elevator lobbies will be complete by mid to late April.
  • Renovation of the Central Tower laundry rooms continues. Floors 6, 8, and 10 are complete and operational with new washers and dryers. Work is still progressing on the plumbing issue identified at floor 4, and hopefully those machines will be in service soon. If we remain on schedule, the laundry rooms on floors 3, 5, 7, and 9 should be complete by mid to late April.
  • The construction team is still planning to begin work on the exterior of the South Tower very soon, with updates to the lower half wall that holds the window in place. All of this work will be performed from the outside, so please expect to see workers outside your window at some point. This exterior work can be easily impacted by windy or poor weather conditions.
  • Apartment renovation in the South Tower is tentatively scheduled to begin on April 19th. Palace is finalizing the schedule, and I will hopefully have specific apartment renovation dates to announce later this week. Work will begin on the 12th floor. The 1st and 14th floors will be done last, as there are projects that need to happen on those floors that are different from the other floors. South Tower apartment work that will be completed includes: new windows, new air conditioning units, new entry door and electronic lock, installation of the updated fire alarm system and cable/internet wiring, replacement of the thermostat, and range and/or toilet replacement (depending on age).
  • Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.
  • As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.

March 29, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • As I have mentioned over the last few weeks, Golden West was waiting for The City of Boulder building inspectors to complete their inspection of the renovated first-floor public areas of the Central Tower. I am very pleased to say the inspectors were here this week and WE HAVE passed inspections and are beginning to open the completed areas. The areas include the completed sections of the Central Tower first floor.
  • The construction activity will quickly transition to the administrative office areas, the main kitchen, the area where the old mailboxes are located (formerly known as the Sitting Room), and the ramp to the South Tower.
  • The east main entrance is tentatively scheduled to be released back to Golden West for use on April 9th. Because of our COVID-19 visitor screening protocols, this entrance will only be available to residents. All others will still be required to use the west entrance. The return of the main entrance will allow construction of the Assisted Living second elevator shaft to tentatively begin the week of April 12th, as the first-floor entrance to the Mezzanine will need to temporary close. We are currently working on updating the pathway plans from the east parking lot (under the Mezzanine), to the east main entrance.
  • The Central Tower apartment renovations are complete, with the exception of the units that are required to be converted to meet ADA (handicapped accessibility) compliance. Those units are progressing, but it will still be a few months before completion.
  • Work in the Central Tower corridors and elevator lobbies continues, with workers reconstructing the overhead soffits, painting, and installing new carpet, lighting, apartment number signs, directional signage, and window coverings on floors 3 through 10. As a reminder, please limit your trips through the hallways during this work if possible. If we remain on schedule, the majority of work in the Central Tower corridors and elevator lobbies will be complete by mid to late April.
  • Renovation of the Central Tower laundry rooms is moving along quickly, with floors 6, 8, and 10 complete and operational with new washers and dryers. Floor 4 would have been complete as well, but a drainage issue was discovered that is requiring additional plumbing work. Workers have moved to floors 3, 5, 7, and 9 to update those laundry rooms. If we remain on schedule, new washers and dryers will be installed on floors 3, 5, 7, and 9 by mid-April.
  • The construction team is scheduled to begin work on the exterior of the South Tower this week, with updates to the lower half wall that holds the window in place. All of this work will be performed from the outside, so please expect to see workers outside your window at some point. This exterior work can be easily impacted by windy conditions (like today), so work may progress at an irregular pace.
  • Also this week, workers will begin surveying vacant apartments in the South Tower to prepare for unit renovations. Palace is still in the process of finalizing the South Tower schedule, so at this time I do not have specific dates to announce. Once I receive a firm schedule, I will begin notifying South Tower residents of specific apartment renovation dates. Work that will be completed includes: new windows, new air conditioning units, new entry door and electronic lock, installation of the updated fire alarm system and cable/internet wiring, replacement of the thermostat, and range and/or toilet replacement (depending on age).
  • Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.
  • As always, I appreciate of your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.

March 12, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • City of Boulder building inspectors visited Golden West this week to inspect the completed first-floor public areas of the Central Tower. Once we receive approval, we should be able to remove the plastic barriers and reenter these spaces very soon afterward.
  • With the return of first-floor public spaces, construction activity will transition to the administrative office areas and the main kitchen. Kitchen activities may move to the updated grill line in the Dining Room as early as next week, although dining activities will remain as they are now (delivery only, and items available from the Pantry), due to existing COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Workers finished installing our new sidewalk snow melt system this week. The final item to be completed in this section is installation of a new handrail.
  • Central Tower apartment renovations continue, with 80 apartments completed as of last week (70% of the Central Tower). All apartments have been completed on Floors 4 through 10 (except for a few minor items). Floor 3 renovations began Friday, March 12, and Floor 2 renovations will start March 22. If we stay on schedule, Central Tower apartment renovations will be finished by March 26, except for our ADA-converted apartments.
  • Work continues in the Central Tower corridors and elevator lobbies, as workers reconstruct overhead soffits, paint, and install new carpeting, lighting, apartment number signs, and directional signage on Floors 5 through 10. On March 17, workers will begin removing carpet and overhead soffits on the 2nd floor. Please limit your trips through the hallways during this work. If we stay on schedule, most work in the corridors and elevator lobbies will be done by mid-April.
  • Workers were successful in correcting the Central Tower laundry room pipe/valve issue that required the campus-wide water shut off last week.
  • Our construction team is installing a swing stage and safety devices in preparation for the South Tower window replacement project. The first phase of this project will require workers to update the exterior of the half wall holding the window in place. Work will begin on the south face of the South Tower and move around the building.
  • It will be another month before workers can begin window replacement and work inside the apartments. We will provide notices of your apartment renovation date as the schedule becomes firm. Work will include installing new windows, a new entry door and electronic lock, an updated fire alarm system and cable/internet wiring, as well as replacing thermostats, ranges and toilets.

Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances. As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.


March 5, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • Work on the first-floor public areas of the Central Tower is nearing completion, with only minor items still needing installation or correction. City of Boulder building inspectors will be on site this week to complete their inspection and evaluation of these areas. If all goes according to plan, we should be able to remove the plastic barriers and enter these spaces very soon.
  • We have begun coordinating with the Post Office to move mail service to the new mailboxes near the east entrance once that area is released back to Golden West. Information regarding specific dates and obtaining new mailbox keys will be provided when plans are finalized.
  • With the return of the first-floor public spaces, construction activity will now transition to the administrative office areas and the main kitchen. In the next few weeks, kitchen activities will transition to the updated grill line in the Dining Room, while dining activities will remain much like they are now (delivery only, or items available from the Pantry), due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Work on the South Tower elevators is complete, and both are now fully operational. There may be some adjustments and fine tuning in the coming weeks, but hopefully these will be minor. A crane has been positioned along Adams Circle to remove the old elevator mechanical equipment.
  • Installation of the new sidewalk snow melt system along the west parking lot continues with concrete pouring taking place this week. To avoid potential damage to cars, we are asking residents, staff and visitors not to park in the spaces immediately in front of the pouring area. We will also be requesting that cars not park in these spaces when workers power wash the sidewalk at a future date.
  • Central Tower apartment renovations continue, with 69 completed as of last week (which is 60% of the Central Tower). All apartments are complete on Floors 6 through 10 (except for a few minor items), and the 5th floor apartments should be completed this week. Notices have been distributed to all 3rd, 4th and 5th floor residents with the specific date of their upcoming apartment renovation. Floor 4 will start this week, Floor 3 on March 12, and Floor 2 on March 22. If we remain on schedule, Central Tower apartment renovations should be complete by March 26, except for ADA-converted apartments.
  • Work in the Central Tower corridors and elevator lobbies continues, with workers reconstructing the overhead soffits, painting, and installing new carpet, lighting, apartment number signs and directional signage on Floors 7, 8, 9 and 10. Please limit your trips through the hallways during this work if possible.
  • The construction team will be installing a swing stage and safety devices this week to begin the South Tower window replacement project. The first phase will require workers to update the exterior of the half wall that holds the window in place. This work will be performed from the outside, so please expect to see workers outside your window at some point. Work will begin on the south face of the South Tower and move around the building accordingly. Actual window replacement, as well as work inside the apartments, will not start for another month. We will provide notices of your specific apartment renovation date as our schedule becomes firm.

Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances. As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.


February 26, 2021

  • Work on the first-floor public areas of Golden West’s Central Tower is nearing the end. Furniture arrived as scheduled on February 16, and everything looks fantastic! It’s so exciting to see these spaces come together.
  • We are currently waiting for City of Boulder building inspectors to complete inspection and evaluation of these first-floor public areas, allowing us to remove our plastic barriers and reenter these spaces. The inspectors’ next visit is scheduled for the first week of March.
  • Construction activity will now transition to the administrative office areas, a new recreation room directly across from the Pantry, and the main kitchen. In the upcoming weeks, kitchen activities will transition to the Dining Room’s updated grill line. Due to existing COVID-19 restrictions, dining activities will remain delivery only, or items available from the Pantry.
  • Work on South Tower Elevator #4 is scheduled to be completed by March 4 but may finish earlier than expected. Once this work is done, both South Tower elevators will be fully operational.
  • Last week’s weather delayed installation of our new sidewalk snow melt system along the west parking lot, but workers are continuing to install insulation and piping and will hopefully repour concrete this week. As before, the west parking lot and building entrance will remain open.
  • Roof replacement for the Central Tower’s 1st floor was paused last week due to weather conditions, but the remaining tasks include mostly finishing, sealing and trim work. Workers will begin roof replacement on the Mezzanine this week and have created a temporary protective scaffold at the entrance.
  • Central Tower apartment renovations continue, with 58 completed as of last week, or 50% of all Central Tower apartments. All 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th floor apartments renovations are complete (with the exception of a few minor items), and 6th floor apartments should be completed this week. Notices have been distributed to 4th, 5th and 6th floor residents with the specific date of their upcoming renovation. Fifth floor apartment renovations will begin this week, fourth floor renovations will start March 4, and third and second floor renovations will begin in mid-March.
  • Work in the Central Tower corridors and elevator lobbies continues, with workers reconstructing overhead soffits, painting and installing new carpet, lighting, apartment number signs and directional signage on the 7th through 10th floors, and carpet and overhead soffit removal has resumed for the 3rd and 4th floors. Please limit your hallway trips during this work if possible.
  • Renovations are scheduled to begin on Central Tower laundry rooms during the first week of March. This phase will add laundry facilities to each floor (3rd through 10th), increasing overall capacity. Machines will arrive later, but the space will be prepared accordingly.
  • We are finalizing the schedule for South Tower apartment, corridor and elevator lobby renovations and currently anticipate starting by mid-March. More information is forthcoming.

Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances. As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.


February 10, 2021

  • Work on the first-floor public areas of the Central Tower remains on track, with spaces to be returned the fourth week of February. Finishing and detailing work is in process, and furniture is scheduled for delivery on February 16.
  • The South Tower elevator renovations will soon move from elevator #3 to elevator #4. Work is expected to last through February. Once elevator #4 is complete, both elevators will be operational again.
  • The installation of the new snow melt system along the west parking lot continues. Workers are installing insulation and piping this week and next, and hopefully repouring the concrete by February 19 (weather permitting). If this project stays on schedule, the wooden parking barriers could be removed the week of February 22. The west parking lot and building entrance will remain open as before.
  • Replacement of the roof on the 1st floor of the Central Tower continues. Work is happening on the section between the Central and South Towers. The expected completion, weather permitting, is mid/late-February. Once the Central Tower roof is complete, workers will begin the Mezzanine roof replacement.
  • The Central Tower apartment renovations continue, with 37 completed as of February 6. All 8th, 9th and 10th floor apartments are complete (with the exception of a few minor items). The 7th floor apartments are being updated this week, and should be complete by Monday of next week. Notices have been distributed to all 6th and 7th floor residents identifying the specific date of their apartment renovation. Floor 6 will start on February 16. Floor 5 will likely start on February 24. Floors 4, 3, and 2 will begin in March. As a reminder, this is for the Central Tower only.
  • Work in the Central Tower corridors and elevator lobbies continues, reconstructing the overhead soffits, painting, and installing new carpet on floors 8, 9 and 10. Carpet and overhead soffit removal will resume on Floors 4, 3 and 2 beginning the week of February 15. We ask that you please limit trips through the hallways during this work if possible.
  • The schedule for the South Tower apartment, corridor and elevator lobby renovations is nearing completion, with an anticipated start the first or second week of March. More information will be provided as the details are finalized.
  • As is always the case with construction, please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.
  • We continue to thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.

February 5, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • Work on the first-floor public areas of the Central Tower is nearing completion, with flooring, ceiling tiles, new mailboxes and lighting fixtures all installed.
  • Tile for the stairwell between the first and second floors will be installed this week and next. We expect that first-floor public spaces (Beauty Salon, Wellness Center, public restrooms, Dining Room) will be returned to usability by the fourth week of February.
  • Our east entrance opening will likely be delayed, as workers are using this entry to bring materials into the building and up to the residential floors under renovation.
  • Our South Tower elevator renovations continue. Workers are replacing doors and mechanical systems on each floor, so one elevator will be out of service at a time. This work is expected to last through February.
  • Installation continues for our new snow melt system along the west parking lot. Concrete removal in the last section is underway, and workers will begin reforming the walkway with insulation and piping over the next two weeks. Weather permitting, they will start repouring concrete by February 19. Please note that our west parking lot and building entrance remain open as before.
  • Roof replacement on the first floor of the Central Tower continues. Work is happening on both the east and west sides, so please expect to see workers on the roof regularly over the next several weeks. Expected completion, weather permitting, is mid-February.
  • A crane has been positioned in the east parking area by Assisted Living to lift materials in preparation for roof replacement.
  • Central Tower apartment renovations continue, with 26 apartments completed as of last week. All ninth and tenth floor apartments are complete, and the eighth floor should be completed this week. Notices have been distributed to seventh and eighth floor residents informing them of their renovation date. Floor 7 apartment renovations will start on February 8, and Floor 6 renovations will likely start on February 16. Floor 5 residents should plan for work to start the last week of February, and Floors 4, 3, and 2 in March. As a reminder, this is for the Central Tower only.
  • Work in the Central Tower corridors and elevator lobbies continues, with workers returning to reconstruct the overhead soffits, paint and install new carpet on Floors 9 and 10. Carpet and overhead soffit removal will pause for a few weeks before moving to Floors 4, 3 and 2. Please limit your trips through the hallways during this work, if possible.

Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances. As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.


January 27, 2021

Good Afternoon!

  • Renovations have resumed on our South Tower elevators. Workers will be replacing the doors and mechanical systems on each floor, so one elevator will be out of service at a time. This work is expected to last through February.
  • Installation of a new snow melt system continues along the west parking lot. Workers poured concrete last week for the section immediately north of the west entrance, and work has now moved to the remaining section up to the north property line. Workers will begin removing concrete from this next section this week, a process that is expected to be noisy. Please note that the west parking lot and building entrance will remain open as before.
  • Roof replacement on the first floor of the Central Tower — primarily over the Dining Room — continues. Work has begun on the east side immediately over the kitchen, so please expect to see workers on the roof regularly over the next several weeks. Expected completion, weather-permitting, is mid-February.
  • Central Tower apartment renovations have begun, with 16 apartments completed as of last week. All 10th floor apartments have been completed, and 9th floor apartments should be finished this week. We are sticking to our schedule to renovate two apartments per weekday, and we have distributed notices to all 8th and 9th floor residents informing them of their renovation date. Floor 8 apartment renovations will begin Friday, January 29, and Floor 7 renovations will likely start Monday, February 8. Floors 6 and 5 should plan for work to start in mid- to late February, and Floors 4, 3 and 2 will begin in March. As a reminder, this is for the Central Tower only.
  • Work continues in the Central Tower corridors and elevator lobbies, with carpet and overhead soffit removal moving to Floors 6 and 5 this week. If possible, please limit your trips through the hallways during this work. Now that all 10th floor apartments are fully renovated, workers will be returning to reconstruct the hallways and elevator lobbies with paint and new carpet.

Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances. As always, I appreciate your patience and cooperation as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.

December 7, 2020

Good Afternoon!

  • Work continues to progress behind the temporary barriers on the first floor of the Central Tower. The Wellness Center, Beauty Salon, public restrooms, mailboxes, and Dining Room areas are tentatively scheduled to open in February. To ensure these renovations are completed properly, the construction team must close the first-floor elevator lobby and hallway extending to the South Tower until January 4. During this time, the temporary hallway on the first floor, from the Mezzanine through the administrative office hallway, will be extended to the Pantry.
  • We will also open a pathway through the Penthouse between the Central and South Towers. To get to the Pantry, mailboxes, and the South Tower, Central Tower residents should travel up to the Penthouse, cross over to the South Tower and take the South Tower elevator to the first floor, as there will be no first-floor access from the Central Tower elevators.
  • Replacement of the windows in the Central Tower elevator lobbies continues, with work expected to last through December.
  • The mechanical systems of both South Tower elevators are now renovated and back in service. Once the replacement doors are received, the South Tower elevators will again be taken out of service so that workers can finish the project. This delay is expected to last until mid-January, although both elevators will remain operational until then.
  • We are continuing to install our new snow melt system along the west parking lot. The first phase of installation, from the west entrance to the south, should take the next two weeks to complete.
  • Roof replacement on the Central Tower’s first floor (primarily over the Dining Room) has begun.
  • Central Tower apartment renovations are still tentatively planned to start on January 4. We will be providing information to residents soon regarding which areas must remain accessible to workers in each apartment. Central Tower apartment renovations will begin on the 10th floor working down and will include the corridors and elevator lobbies.

Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances. As always, I appreciate of your patience as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.


November 30, 2020

Good Afternoon! I hope all our Golden West residents had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

  • Work is progressing behind the temporary barriers on the Central Tower’s first floor. Drywall has been installed in the new Wellness Room, Beauty Salon, public restrooms and former mailbox area, which means cosmetic components (paint, flooring, fixtures, lighting) can begin soon.
  • Window replacement continues in the elevator lobbies of the Central Tower. Work is expected to last through mid-December.
  • Workers have begun replacing the mechanical system in South Tower Elevator #4. We still have around four to six weeks of work to do before both South Tower elevators are fully renovated.
  • Workers are removing the sidewalk along the west parking lot to install our new snow melt system. The section from the west entrance south will be under construction for at least the next three weeks; the sidewalk section running north from the west entrance will begin afterward.
  • Roof replacement on the Central Tower’s first floor (primarily over the dining room) is now scheduled to begin the week of December 7. The delay is because we had to schedule a crane to lift materials from the roof, which requires us to close Adams Circle directly in front of the building.
  • Central Tower apartment renovations are still planned to start on January 4. We are waiting for additional information from Palace Construction before we can release a more detailed schedule.

Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.

As always, I appreciate of your patience as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14 and the Golden West website for important construction updates.


November 13, 2020

Good Afternoon!

  • Drywall installation starts soon behind the containment walls on the Central Tower’s first floor. Please expect noise as workers use screw guns to fasten the drywall to metal support studs.
  • Asbestos removal in the Penthouse is complete. Workers will now begin preparing the space to install an updated heating and cooling system and reconfigure the kitchen area. Please expect noise to travel to the floors below during this additional demolition work.
  • Window replacement in the Central Tower elevator lobbies begins this week, to last through November 20. A swing stage is being attached to the roof so workers can do the installation from the outside. To protect residents, workers have installed containment barriers in front of the windows on each floor.
  • Conversion of six Central Tower apartments to ADA-accessible units began last week. Workers started demolition of the interiors of apartments 203, 210, 303, 310, 403, and 410 to prepare for the new layout. Please expect noise to travel to surrounding apartments as this work progresses.
  • Workers dug a narrow trench along the south side of the Assisted Living parking lot for the snow melt system’s underground piping. As they recover it with asphalt, the parking lot will remain open and a construction staff member will be directing traffic
  • This week, workers will slightly move the Central Tower’s exterior west entrance door as they prepare to install the snow melt system for the sidewalk on Golden West’s west side. Workers will demolish and replace the sidewalk in two phases; while the west parking lot and building entrance will be accessible, expect significant activity in this area for the rest of the year.
  • Elevator renovations for the South Tower have begun, with Elevator #3 placed out of service for the next four to five weeks. The roof on the South Tower elevator shaft was replaced this past weekend. Replacement of the roof on the Central Tower’s first floor (which is primarily over the dining room) will begin November 25.
  • Central Tower apartment renovations will likely not start until January 4, due to longer than expected lead times for some materials. More information is forthcoming once the dates are firm.

Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances. As always, I appreciate of your continued patience as we navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and our website for important updates.


November 2, 2020

Good Afternoon!

  • Some exciting news…the concrete under the entry canopy has been poured! While there is still much to be completed in this area, it was certainly nice to see this piece happen.
  • Drywall installation will start soon behind the containment walls on the first floor of the Central Tower. Expect some noise as workers will be using screw guns to fasten the drywall to the metal support studs.
  • The removal of materials containing asbestos in the Penthouse is complete. Now, workers will begin preparing to install an updated heating and cooling system and reconfigure the kitchen area. There is additional demolition work to be done, so please expect some noise to travel to the floors below.
  • Window replacement in the Central Tower elevator lobbies will begin this week and last through November 20. Work will begin on the first floor and move upwards, and workers will install containment barriers on each floor about three feet in front of the windows to protect residents.
  • Work has begun to convert six Central Tower apartments to ADA-accessible units. Workers will start demolition of the interiors of Apartments 403 and 410, which may create noise disruption for surrounding apartments. Work on Apartments 303, 310, and 203 will follow next week.
  • Workers have begun digging a narrow trench along the south side of the Assisted Living parking lot for an underground pipe for the snow melt system. The parking lot will remain open and a construction staff member will be directing traffic as necessary.
  • The South Tower elevator renovations have begun, with elevator #3 to be out of service for the next four to six weeks. On Thursday, November 5, a crane will be parked on the east side of the building so mechanical equipment can be lifted to the roof. Adams Circle will be closed immediately in front, including the sidewalk, but access to the Assisted Living parking lot will remain open.
  • Roof replacement for the South Tower elevator shaft is also expected to begin this week.
  • The Central Tower apartment renovations will likely not start until January 4 due to longer than expected lead times for some materials.

Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances. As always, I appreciate of your patience as we continue to navigate construction activity. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.


October 30, 2020

Good Afternoon!

  • We’re making progress on renovations to the Penthouse as workers continue to remove any asbestos-containing materials. On November 2, Palace Construction will begin preparing to install an updated heating and cooling system and reconfigure the kitchen area.
  • Also scheduled to begin on November 2: window replacement in the elevator lobbies of the Central Tower, which will start on the first floor and work up to the top floor. Containment barriers will be installed on each floor in front of the windows to protect residents. This work should last through November 20.
  • On November 2, Palace will also begin converting six Central Tower apartments to ADA-accessible units. Workers are getting ready to demolish the interior of apartments 403 and 410; apartments 303, 310, and 203 will follow soon after.
  • Installation of the sidewalk snowmelt system is now underway. Workers are digging a narrow trench for an underground pipe along the south side of the Assisted Living parking lot, with a construction staff member directing traffic as necessary.
  • We have basically completed renovating the Central Towers elevators but will begin installing new flooring inside the elevators later. Since workers completed the Central Tower ahead of schedule, renovations for the South Tower elevators will begin this week, which will place one elevator out of service for the next four to six weeks.
  • The start date for the Central Tower apartment renovations is being pushed back to at least early December due to longer than expected lead times for some materials.

Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances. As always, I so appreciative of your patience as we continue to navigate construction activity. Be sure to continue checking the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.


October 23, 2020

  • The replacement of the Xcel Energy gas meter has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 28 because workers need to attend to homes damaged by the Calwood Fire.
  • The sidewalk snowmelt system is being laid under the entry canopy, and it needs to be connected to the new boilers. This will require a pipe to be laid from the east side of the building to the west side, so a narrow trench will be dug along the south side of the Assisted Living parking lot. This work is scheduled to begin next week. The parking lot will remain open, but there may be a few spaces unavailable– construction staff direct traffic as necessary.
  • The Pantry was temporarily relocated to complete the dining room renovation. It was moved just south of its current location, where workers installed a new doorway, and will remain for several months. Kitchen equipment will be moved to a temporary storage location where the former Reception Desk was located. The kitchen will still be preparing food, and the Pantry will be open for residents to purchase items as normal.
  • Workers are continuing to install a section of ventilation ductwork just outside of the elevators on the first floor of the Central Tower this week. Work will be completed in that area before 8AM each day.
  • The Penthouse renovation work started, and it will be closed to residents. The closure is required to safely remove materials containing asbestos. The Penthouse will have an updated heating and cooling system, requiring the asbestos removal. A reconfigured kitchen area and cosmetic updates are also planned.
  • The mechanical renovation of elevator #1 in the Central Tower should be complete by October 23. The interiors of elevators #1 and #2 are scheduled to be completed by October 30. The South Tower elevator renovations are scheduled to begin on November 2, with one elevator out of service at a time for four to six weeks.
  • Replacement of the windows in the elevator lobbies of the Central Tower is scheduled to begin on November 2. Soon, Golden West will issue notices to residents about removing items in the elevator lobbies due to the upcoming work.
  • The start date for the Central Tower apartment renovations is still being determined due to material lead times. This work likely will be delayed until late November or early December. We will provide additional information as the dates become firm.
  • Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.

October 8, 2020

Good Afternoon!

  • Golden West is about to begin some exciting new phases of construction! Plans are being finalized for work on the Pantry and dining room’s grill line area, the Penthouse, the sidewalk snowmelt system, and Central Tower apartments.
  • Renovation of the Pantry and grill line will likely begin this week following pre-work in the kitchen to relocate these operations. However, the kitchen will still be preparing food, and the Pantry will be open for residents to purchase items.
  • The Penthouse will start renovation work the week of Monday, October 19 and will be closed to residents so that workers can safely remove any materials containing asbestos. During this work, the books in the library, kitchen items, and resident computer will be temporarily relocated.
  • Workers will begin installing the entry canopy’s snowmelt system in mid-October, which warms the concrete during the winter to prevent snow and ice from forming. This project is especially important as additional construction phases begin on the walkway to the Mezzanine and the sidewalk along the west parking lot.
  • Renovations of Central Tower apartments are scheduled to start in early November and last through February 2021. Work will begin on the 10th floor and move down floor by floor, with a few apartments under renovation per day. Central Tower corridors and elevator landings will be renovated as well.
  • Central Tower apartment renovations will include installing new kitchen cabinets, countertops, sinks and faucets. The building’s entry door will be replaced, and new doorhandles and electronic locks installed. In addition, the fire alarm system and cable TV lines will be fully upgraded, and baseboard heat valves and thermostats will be replaced.
  • Contractors have been surveying the Central Tower’s first floor roof, which is over the dining room and public spaces. Replacement is likely to begin before the end of the year.
  • Workers removed obsolete cabling and equipment from the South Tower this week, blocking the east door to the garden and garden area.

Please note that all dates are subject to change due to developing timelines and unexpected circumstances.

Again, thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the wonderful changes coming to Golden West. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors, Channel 14, and the Golden West website for important construction updates.


October 2, 2020

Good Afternoon!

  • Construction has resumed on the building’s entryway canopy. Last week, workers painted the underside of the canopy and are now attaching framing on the columns for brickwork.
  • Work behind the protective barriers on the Central Tower’s first floor is moving along well. The reconfigured spaces are almost completely framed, and work on Golden West’s heating/cooling, electrical and plumbing systems will start shortly, to be completed in early December.
  • In the dining room, pantry and grill line renovation will likely start the week of October 5. The kitchen will still be open for food preparation, and a temporary space will be created south of the Pantry door so that residents can purchase food items.
  • The mechanical renovation of Elevator #1 began last week and is expected to be completed by October’s end. The interior renovation of both Central Tower elevators will be completed after the mechanical work in Elevator #1 is done. South Tower elevator renovations will likely start in early November.
  • Renovation of the Penthouse is tentatively scheduled to begin the week of October 19.
  • Preparations are nearing completion for the renovation of our Central Tower apartments, with work potentially beginning in early November and lasting through February 2021. Work will likely start on the 10th floor and move down floor by floor, with a few apartments under renovation each day. The corridors and elevator landings will be renovated at that time as well. More specific information about what to expect is coming soon.
  • Thank you to all South Tower and Mezzanine residents for your patience with the window measuring!

Please note that all dates are subject to change as construction timelines develop. Again, thank you for your patience as we continue to navigate the exciting changes coming to Golden West. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors and Channel 14 for important construction updates.


September 14, 2020

Good Afternoon!

  • Wall framing is being put in place behind the temporary barriers on the Central Tower’s first floor for the newly reconfigured layout of the Beauty Shop, Wellness Center and public restrooms.
  • Work on the entry canopy was paused last week due to the unseasonably cold temperatures and snow, but work should resume shortly.
  • Renovation of elevator #2 is nearing completion, and it may be operational starting the week of September 21. Once the elevator is back in service, workers will begin renovating elevator #1 and work until early November.
  • Central Tower apartment renovations will begin before the end of the year, possibly as soon as November. Last week, contractors finished measuring resident apartments for new kitchen cabinets and entry doors. I will provide additional information as scheduling details become firm.
  • Notices were delivered to resident mailboxes last week regarding significant plumbing projects happening this week. The first project only affects the Mezzanine and requires the heating system to be deactivated through Friday, September 18 for workers to install new piping.
  • The second project will require the water to be shut off between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Thursday, September 17. This will affect the Mezzanine and both Towers, and the Towers will be without heat as well since our heating system uses hot water. The water MAY return prior to 6 a.m. for the Towers, but the Mezzanine will likely go without for the full 12-hour period.
  • On Monday, September 21, contractors will measure all Mezzanine windows from the outside of the building using a mobile lift. Parking and traffic flow in the east parking lot may be disrupted slightly. This process will take half a day to complete, with a few minutes on each apartment.
  • On Tuesday, September 22, contractors, accompanied by a Golden West staff member, will measure all South Tower windows from inside residents’ apartments. This is expected to take a full day, and residents do not need to be present. Notices will be delivered soon with more details.

Thank you for your patience as we continue these much-needed projects. Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors and Channel 14 for important construction updates.


September 1, 2020

Good Afternoon!

  • Construction at Golden West has entered a new phase, with many areas of the Central Tower on the first floor behind temporary barriers. Hopefully, you have taken a few moments to familiarize yourself with the new pathways created to navigate through the building on the first floor. The areas under renovation are the former mailbox location, the public restrooms, the new locations for the Beauty Shop, Wellness Center, and the Reception Desk, the staircase from the lobby to the second floor, and the Ponderosa dining room. These areas are expected to be under renovation for about three months.
  • As many of you may have noticed, the entry canopy has been lifted into place. There is additional finish work to be done, including brickwork, painting and lighting, but you can now see the general shape and size of the structure.
  • Renovation of elevator #2 in the Central Tower continues. During the week of September 7, a portion of Adams Circle immediately in front of Golden West will be closed to allow a crane to lift the new mechanical system to the top of the elevator shaft and remove the old equipment. If all goes to plan, elevator #2 should be completed by mid-September. After elevator #2 is operational, workers will move immediately to elevator #1 for its renovation, which will take four to six weeks to complete.
  • Development of the apartment renovation schedule for the Central Tower is underway. It will likely be a few months before this phase starts, but I wanted to give some notice now that we are in the planning stages. I recognize that residents will have many questions about this phase, as it affects them directly in their homes. Certainly, we will provide more specific information in the coming weeks as we work out the details.
  • Many very good things are coming to Golden West. Thank you for your patience!

Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors and Channel 14 for important construction updates.


August 17, 2020

  • The renovation of the East Entrance continues.
  • Workers have begun renovating the Central Tower elevators and are currently upgrading Elevator #2, which will take about four weeks. After that, work on Elevator #1 begins. If possible, please try and schedule errands for early morning or late afternoon when there is less foot traffic. We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Electrical work is going on in the ceiling of the Central Tower’s first floor. The main hallway will be closed during the day this week and traffic rerouted through the dining room; it will reopen during the evenings and overnight.
  • While work on the East Parking Lot is ongoing, residents are asked to use the north end of the east parking lot for storage. Take care as this will change traffic flow from a one-way loop to two two-way lanes.
  • On Monday, August 24, work will begin on the public areas of the first-floor hallway and the main dining room, to last for about three months. The pantry will remain open with one door only, and the main hallway will be narrowed with a pathway remaining to the Central Tower elevator. In addition, traffic to the north building will be routed through the administrative office area and out by the Mezzanine and Door #5, and the stairwell will be closed from the second floor to the first. Note that we are currently working on obtaining access to the laundry card machine.

Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors for important construction updates.
Thank you for your patience!


July 20, 2020

Good Afternoon!

  • As I mentioned last week, the architects have determined how to adjust the plans to accommodate the underground remnants of the old canopy support posts. Hopefully, construction of the new support posts will resume this Thursday, July 23rd, as expected. If there is further delay, it may be the beginning of August before construction can resume on the new entryway.
  • Also mentioned last week, the first-floor sewer pipes of the Central Tower were fully scoped with a small video camera to determine the extent of deterioration discovered when the pipes were uncovered for reconfiguration of the area of the former Beauty Shop and public restrooms. Unfortunately, additional problem areas were discovered that will require replacement of significant sections of the pipes. As many of you have likely heard today, jackhammering has begun to remove concrete flooring to access those pipes. Please expect this to continue for the next few days.
  • Our general contractor, Palace, has indicated that renovation of the Towers elevators will begin soon. This will require that one elevator is placed out of service at a time so that workers can replace all of the elevator’s mechanical components. We will update you once plans have been finalized, but I wanted to let you know that this was coming, as it will disrupt use of one Towers elevator once the project begins.

Please continue to check the LifeShare monitors for important construction updates.


June 29, 2020

Good Afternoon!

  • Last week, the entry canopy, its supporting structure and sidewalk were all demolished and removed. The new sidewalk will be constructed with an ice melt system that will improve our ability to keep the walkway clear during the winter.
  • Work on the canopy’s new supporting structure begins this week, which, unfortunately, means continued noise at our front entrance.
  • For safety purposes, we’re advising residents to avoid the east sidewalk in front of the construction fencing, since much work will take place on the Central Tower’s east main entrance during this first phase of renovation.
  • Last week, we began work on the northernmost part of the Central Tower’s first floor, in the former Beauty Shop, Wellness Center and men’s and women’s restrooms. Construction crews demolished large sections of the concrete floor to reroute underground plumbing. While noisy work will continue in this area for many more weeks, there should now be less jackhammering.
  • Through Wednesday, construction workers are conducting exploratory work on the Central Tower’s first floor, including in the main lobby and Ponderosa dining room, where they will be following plumbing and electrical system paths. We will update residents as this preparation for upcoming work continues.
  • As a reminder, construction hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
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Please note that some of these dates may move, but we will make every effort to keep you notified of changes and developments as we learn additional information. Please continue to check our LifeShare monitors for important construction updates.


June 19, 2020

Good Afternoon!

  • As mentioned last week, work is currently happening in the former mailbox area and main entry vestibule. If you’ve been near that area, you may have seen the floor-to-ceiling plastic barrier.
  • Electricians continue to work on temporarily relocating the main entry vestibule’s fire panel so renovations can begin in that area. This requires we have a third-party service walk the entire community continuously for several days to rule out any issues with the fire system. You may have seen this gentleman today, who is wearing a security uniform.
  • Work is scheduled to begin on the entry canopy next week. Please be prepared for an extended period of noise at the front of the Central Tower, as the old canopy, supporting structure and sidewalk must all be removed.
  • Work will also begin next week in the northernmost part of the Central Tower’s first floor, near the Beauty Shop, Wellness Center and former Computer Center. Construction staff will be erecting temporary walls and demolishing the concrete floor to reroute some underground plumbing, so please prepare for noise here as well.
  • As a reminder, construction hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Please note that some of these dates may move. We will make every effort to keep you notified of changes and developments as we learn additional information. Please also continue to check the LifeShare monitors for important construction updates.


June 8, 2020

Construction on the Central Tower’s first floor officially begins today. First, electricians are temporarily relocating the main entry vestibule’s fire panel; please note a third-party service will be on campus for several days to check for fire system issues.

The week beginning Monday, June 15, work will continue for the main entry vestibule and former mailbox area. The week of Monday, June 22, work will start on the new entryway canopy and on the first floor near the beauty shop, wellness center and former computer center. Please prepare for some noise as temporary walls are erected and concrete flooring is demolished to make way for plumbing.

As announced last week, the resident computer center has been relocated to the Aspen Room Penthouse, and the construction office has been set up in our west parking lot. Electrical and internet services are being installed there on Wednesday, June 10, causing a temporary loss of hot water from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Going forward, construction hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The construction schedule for Towers resident apartments and assisted living is still under development, but we will post details as they are finalized.


June 1, 2020

Towers construction is officially set to begin on Monday, June 8. This first phase, which will last six months, will only affect the Central Tower’s first floor, including our main entryway, lobby, wellness center, beauty shop, dining room, reception desk and administrative offices.

To address social distancing concerns, our team recently drew up a revised construction schedule to give us time to put additional procedures in place that limit contact between construction workers, residents and staff. Going forward, we will provide advance notice of any periodic closures related to these changes.

Additionally, on Thursday, June 4, the resident computer center will be temporarily relocated to the Aspen Room Penthouse, while our construction team’s office will take up residence in the west parking lot, near the loading ramp.