Find out what FSI is working on this month. Spot our projects throughout New York City by looking out for our "FSI" signs on our buildings!
We are excited to participate in The Everything Co Op & Condo EXPO this year! Come chat with us on the 2nd Floor, we will be happy to give you a free consultation and answer any questions you may have about your buildings!
The event will be held on Wednesday April 13th at the New York Hilton Hotel in Midtown Manhattan from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.
A must attend for board members, property managers and real estate professionals like yourself, this EXPO will give you an opportunity to learn about the latest services offered at FSI Architecture.
Last minute free registration is available at www.coopexpo.com
We look forward to meeting you!
If you are a building manager or board member managing a New York City building, you might know the drill already. But, in case you don't, here's everything you need to know about the Facade Inspection Safety Program and how to prepare for it.
Commonly known as Local Law 11/1998, this program requires owners of buildings greater than six stories to have their buildings' exterior walls and appurtenances inspected once every five years and file a technical report to the Department of Buildings (DOB). This report must be prepared and submitted by a licensed architect or engineer, also known as QEWI (Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector).
The current inspection, Cycle 8, started on February 21st, 2015 and will run through February 21st, 2020.
In order to avoid fines, building owners must be aware of the last digits of their building's block number and determine when their filing period begins. Cycle 8 is divided into three different sub-cycles:
Sub-Cycle A, with last digit block numbers of 4, 5 ,6 or 9 must be filed between 2/21/2015 and 2/21/2017
Sub-Cycle B, with last digit block numbers of 0, 7, or 8 must be filed between 2/21/2016 and 2/21/2018
Sub-Cycle C, with last digit block numbers of 1, 2, or 3 must be filed between 2/21/2017 and 2/21/2019
As we have recently entered Sub-Cycle 8B, this is good time for building owners and property managers to reach out to FSI. Every year our firm assists numerous building owners with FISP.
If you have any questions and need a licensed architect to start your filing process, contact Tom Cimillo, our Director of Business Development, at email@example.com.
Whether you're a board member, property manager, superintendent or a tenant, chances are you've dealt with building permits before. Clients often call our offices, confused and frustrated, after getting violations.
Hopefully this Q&A with some of the construction experts we work with will clear that up for you.
What Is a Permit and Why Do You Need One?
The Department of Buildings (DOB) categorizes the primary building applications as follows:
- Construction of New Structures (NB)
- Major Alterations that will change use, egress or occupancy (ALT1)
- Multiple types of work, not affecting use, egress or occupancy (ALT2)
- One type of minor work, not affecting use, egress or occupancy (ALT3)
To file for any one of these permits, a professional engineer or a registered architect must prepare construction drawings and submit the paperwork to the DOB.
Who Can File for a Permit?
The only people who can actually file for a permit are licensed professionals, either a professional engineer (PE) or a registered architect (RA).
He or she will prepare construction drawings and submit applications. Its important to remind building owners that there are very limited cases in which a building owner can self-certify his or her own building permit.
What are the fees associated with a building permit?
The most truthful answer is: it depends. There are fees that must be paid to the DOB at the time of filing but there are also professional fees associated with preparing documents for filing. Costs will vary case by case however, it is pretty safe to say, that a client should be prepared to spend minimum $2,000 between filing for violations or correcting one and professional fees involved.
Can a permit be revoked?
Yes. Building permits can be revoked at any time for any number of reasons. The most common reasons include either changing the scope of work during construction or if unsafe work conditions are discovered. If a permit is revoked, the client will have to file a correction with DOB which will result in additional filing and professional services fees.
Contact our Director of Business Development, Tom Cimillo for additional questions.
Tel: 212.645.3775 EXT. 333
With the new year upon us, many co-op and condo tenants will start thinking about apartment renovations. In a city as loud as New York, window replacements are at the top of the list for apartment owners who want to limit noise disturbances.
An article published in The New York Times, The Red Tape of New Windows , answers many of the frequently asked questions FSI Architecture receives from current and prospective clients when it comes to rules and regulations of window replacements.
Consider the following tips:
- Determine whether renovations are your responsibility or the building's. Every condo/co-op is different.
- If your building has been designated a landmark, plan accordingly as your proposed renovations are going to have to be approved by the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Keep in mind, some projects are lengthier than others.
- Think about your budget. Consider window prices as well as professional services fees and permit fees to come up with a realistic budget.
We are happy to answer any questions you might have. Contact Tom Cimillo, our Director of Business Development at 212.645.3775 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org