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For Immediate Release
March 1, 2011

BUILDINGS COMMISSIONER ROBERT LIMANDRI ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF JUNIOR ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS PROGRAM

DOB Experts Teach Elementary School Students about the Design and Construction Process in New York City

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri today announced the launch of Junior Architects and Engineers, a new educational program to teach elementary school students about the construction process and how various buildings - from single-family homes to skyscrapers - are designed and constructed throughout the City. The program is designed to emphasize the importance of construction for the future of the City, the steps required to construct a building and the role the Department plays in facilitating safe and compliant development. Under the program, various members of the Department, including architects, analysts and community liaisons, will visit five classes during the month of March to meet with students in grades, 2 through 5.

The kickoff event occurred today at Public School 31 in Staten Island where more than 30 fifth graders learned about the construction process from Queens Borough Commissioner Ira Gluckman.

“Our experts have a tremendous amount of knowledge about the construction process, and this wonderful program is an opportunity for us to share our expertise with these young New Yorkers,” said Commissioner LiMandri. “Construction is vital to the future of this great City, and it’s important for all New Yorkers to understand why it must be done safely. We look forward to expanding the program and encouraging more teachers and principals to sign their students up.”

 “New York City has the most famous skyline in the world, and this program is a great way to educate students on how buildings are constructed here,” said First Deputy Commissioner, Fatma Amer, PE. “From approving construction plans to inspecting construction sites to developing new regulations, our employees play a major role in the construction process, and we are thrilled to participate in a such a great program.”

After every classroom event, participating students will be asked to create a drawing of their favorite building in their borough, and their designs will go on display in one of the Department’s five borough offices. Students also will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of a borough office where they will see their drawings in areas visited by hundreds of New Yorkers who conduct business with the Department on a daily basis. Each student will receive a “Junior Architect” or “Junior Engineer” badge and a certificate for completing the program.

In addition to the Staten Island school, the Department will visit:

  • Public School 303 in Queens
  • Public School 142 in Manhattan
  • Public School 52 in Brooklyn
  • Public School 459 in the Bronx

The creation of Junior Architects and Engineers comes as the Department has increased its public education efforts, which includes the annual Elevator and Escalator Safety Awareness Week. Under that program, inspectors from the Elevators Unit teach students to play it safe when riding the City’s 62,000 elevators and escalators. Since 2003, the Elevators Unit has taught more than 4,000 students across the City and will be conducting another series of safety classes in November 2011.

If you would like to participate in the program, or for more information, please email: JrArchitectEngineer@buildings.
nyc.gov
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