Tays Apartments | Photo courtesy Sundt Construction
Officials with Sundt Construction announced that their firm recently completed the renovation of the historic Housing Opportunity Management Enterprises (HOME) Tays Residential Community.
“Our team is proud to deliver another successful property renovation to HOME,” said Luis Licon, Sundt’s project manager. “Our team took great pride in restoring this property and keeping its historical features intact.”
The $40 million historical renovation project involved upgrades to Tays’ 56 existing residential and multi-family buildings with 278 modernized units and a community center.
Originally designed by famed architects Trost & Trost in the late 1930s, the Tays complex is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Officials point out that Sundt’s project team carefully incorporated modern, new elements while maintaining Tays’ historic features. The community center’s cathedral-like ceiling shows the project team’s close attention to every detail. The design called for the 80-year-old wood beams to be re-painted. To maintain the historical element of the center, the project team hand-sanded and stained the wood, restoring the original wood beams.
In addition to the Tays renovation, Sundt has now renovated eight residential communities for HOME over the past five years. Most of the buildings were historic renovations similar to Tays. The most recognizable project was El Paso Natural Gas’s former headquarters in downtown El Paso.
Sundt’s team converted six floors into 120 apartments, primarily for elderly and disabled tenants, and renovated the top three floors for HOME offices, Workforce Solutions and a community center on the 16th floor that provides a spectacular view of El Paso.
The company has also completed renovations of Sherman, Father Pinto, Chelsea, and Sun Plaza properties.
Tays’ renovation is part of HOME’s initiative to revitalize all affordable housing communities in its portfolio throughout the Borderplex, using funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rental Assistance Demonstration program.
The construction manager at-risk project started in April 2019. El Paso’s Carl Daniel Architects served as the architect of record.