Those living at the El Capitan condos at Second Avenue South and James Street are going through some discomfort, but the end result should be worth it.
The building, constructed in 1978, is undergoing a major renovation to improve weatherproofing of the exterior wall and bring residents state-of-the-art telecommunications.
Don Belcher, past president and current board member of the El Capitan Condominiums Homeowners Association, said the exterior stucco will be replaced with premade panels of Hardie Planking, a cement-fiber construction. At the same time, Bellevue-based contractor REMCO-Deacon (which will build the upcoming on Edmonds Way) will install new insulation to replace the current weatherization barrier.
In addition, the 33-unit building will have upgraded windows and sliding doors to make them more energy efficient. The outside decks are also being remodeled.
Belcher said he expects the remodeling, which will also include a more modern color scheme, to be finished in five or six months.
The project architect is Kilburn Architects of Seattle, which specializes in remediation work.