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Winner of urbanSHED Competition Announced

On Thursday, January 21, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri and American Institute of Architects New York Chapter President Anthony Schirripa,AIA, unveiled the winner of the urbanSHED International Design Competition. The competition challenged the global design community to create a new standard of sidewalk shed. The winning design was selected from 164 submissions entered by architects, engineers, designers and students from 28 countries around the world.

The competition winner, "Urban Umbrella," was developed by Young-Hwan Choi, a 28-year-old student from the University of Pennsylvania with assistance from Sarrah Khan, P.E., and Andres Cortes, R.A., of the New York-based design firm Agencie Group. Agencie Group provided technical expertise in the second stage of the competition that helped advance Choi's design. View photos and design drawings. A prototype of the design will be built at a job site in Lower Manhattan this summer.

Urban Umbrella will be on display in the Helfand Gallery at the Center for Architecture at 536 LaGuardia Place in Manhattan through February 10, 2010. The competition was sponsored by DOB, AIANY, Alliance for Downtown New York, ABNY Foundation, IESNYC and New York Building Congress with additional support from DOT, DCP and SEAoNY.

New Regulations for Standpipes & Sprinklers

New standpipe and sprinkler piping laws go into effect this year. Building owners and contractors must be sure that their properties and construction sites comply with these new laws.

On February 4, two new laws went into effect:

Local Law 63/2009 which requires hydrostatic pressure testing for standpipes and sprinklers. View Service Notice.

Local Law 64/2009 which requires pressurized alarm systems for standpipes. View Service Notice.

Following the tragic fatal fire at 130 Liberty Street in August 2007, Mayor Bloomberg appointed Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler to lead a multi-agency working group to develop ways to improve safety and oversight at construction, demolition and abatement sites. These new laws were part of the 33 recommendations generated by the working group.

Public Hearings
Submission of Construction Documents
February 23 
On February 23, the Department will hold a public hearing on a proposed rule relating to the submission of construction documents. The Department proposes to amend subdivision a of section 101-02 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York. The hearing will be held at 2:00pm in the 6th Floor Training Room at Department headquarters at 280 Broadway in Manhattan.

Student Apartments
March 1 
On March 1, the Department will hold a public hearing on a proposed rule relating to classifications of student apartments. The Department proposes to add Chapter 300 and section 310-01 to Title 1 of the Official Compilation of the Rules of the City of New York. The hearing will be held at 10:00am in the 6th Floor Training Room at Department headquarters at 280 Broadway in Manhattan.

NFPA 14 Amendment
March 10 
On March 10, the Department will hold a public hearing on a proposed rule relating to National Fire Protection Association 14 Amendment. The Department of Buildings proposes to add section 3616-03 to Subchapter Q of chapter 3600 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York. The hearing will be held at 10:00 am in the 6th Floor Training Room at Department headquarters at 280 Broadway in Manhattan.

Fees
March 10 
On March 10, the Department will hold a public hearing on a proposed rule relating to fees. The Department proposes to amend Section 101-03 of Title 1 of the Rules of the City of New York. The hearing will be held at 11:00am in the 6th Floor Training Room at Department headquarters at 280 Broadway in Manhattan.
Service Updates
Stalled Sites
The Department is now accepting applications for the
Stalled Sites Program. Owners who opt into the program must create in-depth site safety maintenance plans tailored to their sites' specific challenges. In exchange, their active work permits can be renewed for up to four years. View the Service Notice and Buildings Bulletin 2010-001 for more details.

Contractor Insurance
The Licensing Unit will no longer accept Artisan policies
for registered General Contractors after February 15, 2010. Contractors with Artisan policies must update their insurance or they will be unable to obtain permits.

Cranes & Derricks Holiday Weekend Work
The Cranes & Derricks Unit will
not issue work permits or provide scheduled inspections for cranes with boom lengths longer than 250 feet on certain holiday weekends.

Renewing Construction Superintendent Registration
View guidelines on how to
renew your construction superintendent registration.

B-SCAN Designators
The Department has added two new discipline designators:
"EN" which designates energy code compliance and "DMO" which designates demolition submittals. Buildings plans will not be approved if they do not conform with B-SCAN guidelines.

Facade Safety Program
Cycle 7 of the Department's Facade Safety Program begins
February 21. This cycle is staggered into three sub-cycles.  Applicants must use the 2/10 version of the TR6 when filing Cycle 7 reports.

Asbestos Exemption
Applicants must use the revised ASB4 form when
indicating that their project is exempt from asbestos investigation. View Buildings Bulletin 2009-31 for details.

PW3 Form
Applicants must now use the 1/10 version of the PW3 form.

HMO Class C Licenses
The Department now accepts documentation from the Crane
Institute Certification (CIC) in addition to the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) for Class C HMO licenses.

Holiday Closure
The Department will be closed on Monday, February 15 in
honor of Presidents' Day.

Keep reading Buildings News for new information and updates.
Upcoming Events


SEAoNY Seminar
February 10, 2010

On Wednesday, February 10, 2010, Department experts will participate in a seminar hosted by the Structural Engineers
Association of New York (SEAoNY). Topics covered at the seminar will include: concrete testing and inspections, masonry buildings, building research, demolition requirements and an overview of Departmental changes in 2009.

The seminar will be held at the New York Academy of Sciences at 250 Greenwich Street in Manhattan. It will run from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Registration is required and can be done through www.seaony.org.

Did You Know... the Department will host it's 6th Annual Construction Safety week on April 26 - 30, 2010? Visit nyc.gov/safetyweek for more information.
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February 9, 2010