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NYC Increases Oversight of Concrete-Testing Industry

On September 2, Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri, Department of Design and Construction Commissioner David J. Burney, FAIA, and Department of Investigation Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn announced a new program to expand oversight and evaluation of concrete testing in New York City. The program includes plans to build a city-owned and operated concrete-testing laboratory, the creation of a new Concrete Unit at the Department of Buildings and the implementation of a new concrete re-testing protocol for 82 buildings and construction sites under the City’s jurisdiction that were named in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office indictment of Testwell Laboratories and are a part of the Testwell investigation.

The Buildings Department's new Concrete Unit will focus on concrete-placement and concrete-testing operations at job sites throughout the five boroughs. Using a standardized checklist, the unit has begun to perform spot checks of testing procedures at construction sites throughout the City and will audit the work at each private laboratory’s facility to ensure proper procedures are being followed.

October 1st Requirements
On October 1, several new requirements will go into effect including new forms and certification for Class C HMO licenses.

Additional information and changes have been added from the previous edition of Buildings News, most

importantly  the extension of the deadline to obtain a Safety Registration Number (See Service Updates).

New TR2 and TR3 - Applicants must use the 10/09 versions of the TR2 and TR3 forms.

Final Inspection Reports - Licensed professionals must submit a final inspection report to the Department within 30 days of performing the final inspection.

NCCCO Documentation - Licensed Class C Hoisting Machine Operators must submit documentation of CCO certification to the Licensing Unit ito maintain qualification to operate in New York City.

New TR1 - Applicants must use the 10/09 version of the TR1 for jobs that have not yet been issued a permit.

New Request Form - Applicants must use the new PER11 form to request an appointment or to drop off a folder.

Mayor Bloomberg Signs Four New Safety Bills
On September 3, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed four bills into law that enhance safety at construction and demolition sites and strengthen standpipe and sprinkler safety. Intro 993-a requires registered design professionals to submit plans and details to DOB regarding demolition
work using handheld mechanical devices such as chainsaws or jackhammers. Intro 994-a requires the uniform color-coding of standpipes and sprinkler systems. Intro 999-a requires site safety managers to check standpipe systems to ensure they are in a state of readiness and to document these inspections. Intro 1000-a relates to the cutting and capping of standpipes.

Following the tragedy at the former Deutsche Bank building in Lower Manhattan, Mayor Bloomberg ordered a comprehensive review of oversight and operations at construction, demolition, and abatement sites. As a result, 33 recommendations were developed to improve safety, and since June 2009, nine bills have been signed into law implementing these recommendations.

New Asbestos Abatement Requirements
On October 13, new rules related to the filing requirements of asbestos abatement documents go into effect.

The Department of Environmental Protection has created an online database that enables the electronic preparation of DEP's asbestos

abatement form (ACP7). Applicants will have a chance to familiarize themselves with this new online database, the Asbestos Reporting and Tracking System (ARTS), from September 28 through October 12. However, applicants will not be able to submit this form using ARTS until the new rules go into effect on October 13.

The Buildings Department is hosting two sessions to demonstrate DEP's new database. These sessions will be held in the 6th floor training room at DOB headquarters at 280 Broadway in Manhattan:

Thursday, September 24           9:30am – 10:30am
Wednesday, September 30       10:30am – 11:30am

Please email no later than Tuesday, September 22 if you would like to attend.

Visit the Construction, Demolition and Abatement section of our website for more information on these new rules and filing requirements.

Service Updates
Safety Registration
To accommodate the anticipated volume of safety
registration applicants in the upcoming weeks, the deadline to obtain a Safety Registration Number has been extended to December 1.

"In Conjunction" Filings
During a new building project, applicants may need to file
additional alteration applications for work that is part of the approved scope of the related NB filing. These filings, called "In Conjunction" filings, will have a different job number than the associated NB application but may qualify for the minimum filing fee.

Certificates of Correction
Beginning October 15, the Department's Administrative
Enforcement Unit will only accept the July 2008 version of the Certificate of Correction form (AEU2).

Facade Safety Program
Owners who failed to submit their Cycle 6 Facade Reports
by the February 2007 deadline and are currently receiving penalties must submit their reports by February 20, 2010. 

Penalty Relief Program
As part of the NYC Penalty Relief Program, between
September 21 and December 21, individuals who failed to attend ECB hearings and have had the higher "default" penalty imposed may be able to reduce the amount of fines owed. Visit the Department of Finance website for more information.

Buildings Bulletin 2009-015
On September 1, the Department issued Buildings
Bulletin 2009-015 which establishes a protocol for acceptance criteria development, testing and approval of wind turbine assemblies.

Keep reading Buildings News for new information and updates.
Staff Spotlight

Benjamin "BJ" Jones
Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Implementation

Benjamin "BJ" Jones,  Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Planning and Implementation, was recently awarded the 2009 Frederick O'Reilly Hayes Prize by the NYC Department of
Citywide Administrative Services. The Hayes Prize recognizes emerging leaders in New York City government. Assistant Commissioner Jones, who has been at Buildings since 2003, is responsible for carrying out the Department's strategic initiatives.

In 2007, he led a team of more than 400 stakeholders in overhauling the 1968 Building Code. The revision was a multi-year effort, consisting of a line-by-line review of the existing code. The resulting new NYC Construction Codes incorporate national standards and rules emphasizing safety, efficiency, and sustainability while broadening the Buildings Department's enforcement tools.

Assistant Commissioner Jones was also instrumental in the recent analysis of high-risk construction operations which resulted in the creation of 66 recommendations to strengthen the safety of crane, hoist, excavation, and concrete operations.

Upcoming Events
Interested in learning more about the energy code?

On September 21, the Department is hosting seminars on energy-conserving design in association with

the 2009 Urban Green Expo. The seminars will be held at the Manhattan offices of the architectural design firm HOK which is located at 620 Avenue of the Americas.
Did You Know...that you can prevent accidents by calling DigNet of New York City & Long Island (formerly the New York City & Long Island One Call Center) at 1-800-272-4480 to find the location of underground utility lines and cables before starting an excavation or trench, putting in a drywell, installing an inground pool or even planting a tree?
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September 17, 2009