Palladium says mold issues addressed following complaints from residents

12-08-22


The Palladium Port Aransas apartments at 2700 State Highway 361 are pictured on Dec. 1. Several residents spoke with the South Jetty about mold issues they said they’d had in their units. One filed a small claims suit against Palladium USA. Staff photo by Kathryn Cargo

The Palladium Port Aransas apartments at 2700 State Highway 361 are pictured on Dec. 1. Several residents spoke with the South Jetty about mold issues they said they’d had in their units. One filed a small claims suit against Palladium USA. Staff photo by Kathryn Cargo

Some residents living at the Palladium Port Aransas have had to deal with mold infesting their apartments.

The 183-unit $36 million apartment complex was the result of a public-private partnership between Palladium and local government. The first of four buildings opened to residents in December 2021, and construction finished on the final structure in 2022.

Scott Johnson, vice president of construction for Palladium USA said, “there’s no mystery in that” when asked by the South Jetty in November if there were units with mold at Palladium. He said the mold was addressed quickly when it was found by residents or staff.

Johnson said the mold was caused by humidity, combined with “in my opinion,” adding too much outside air into the apartment units. Current energy codes require apartment buildings that are three stories high or less to have outside air introduced into units, he said. The buildings were constructed to be “tight” and energy efficient, so outside air is required to be introduced.

The outside air fans were preset to a certain level when installed, which added too much outdoor air, Johnson said. The fans were adjusted to a lower level by November. Air conditioning fans also were adjusted.

He also said dryer and bathroom exhausts were inspected making sure they’re sealed and performing properly. Vents also were replaced, he said, and affected units have been professionally sanitized.

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