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For Immediate Release
May 4, 2012


Semester Kicks off with Queens Borough Commissioner Ira Gluckman Teaching Fifth Graders at Public School 88 about Construction in New York City

Educational Program Provides Elementary Students with Knowledge about the Construction Process to Inspire Future Careers in the Building Trades

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today announced the launch of the Department’s third semester of Junior Architects and Engineers, an educational program designed to teach elementary school students about the construction process in New York City. As a part of the unique program, Department architects, engineers and inspectors visit schools throughout the City to educate students about the importance of construction in the City and the agency’s critical role in facilitating safe development through plan reviews and inspections. After each class, all of the students are invited to tour the Department’s office in their borough to see the inner-workings of the agency and how construction projects are submitted and approved. Commissioner LiMandri was joined by City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Queens Borough Commissioner Ira Gluckman, R.A., who kicked off this year’s spring season by speaking to more than 30 fifth graders at Public School 88 in Ridgewood, Queens.

“The construction of any building starts with an idea, and these students represent the next generation of builders and designers whose ideas will shape the landscape of New York City,” said Buildings Commissioner. “This program is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the importance of construction in our City’s history and how that work creates new homes, new jobs and new schools for millions of New Yorkers. Our architects, engineers and inspectors play a pivotal role in making sure construction is performed in a safe and lawful manner, and we are thrilled to participate in the program. We encourage more schools to sign up today.”

Launched in the spring of 2011, the Junior Architects and Engineers program is comprised of a 45-minute class that includes an interactive demonstration, a presentation about the construction process and general facts about buildings in New York City. During each class, guest lecturers from the Department review basic construction plans with students to show them how simple math and science concepts apply to the construction process. Lecturers also share their extensive architectural and engineering knowledge with students who may want to pursue future careers in the construction industry. At the end of each class, students are asked to draw a picture of their favorite building in their borough, and once submitted, the drawings are put on display at the respective Department borough office.

Students also are invited to take a field trip to the Department office in their borough to see the agency’s day-to-day operations, including the plan examination review process and how records are properly stored. In the coming weeks, Department experts will visit classes at four other schools throughout the City, teaching hundreds of students about the construction process.

For more information on the Junior Architects and Engineers program, please visit If you are interested in having the program visit your school, please send an email to

Contact:     Tony Sclafani/Ryan FitzGibbon                              (212) 566-3473
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