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  • Robert LiMandri

    Robert LiMandri

    Former Department of Buildings head Robert LiMandri has started a new division within engineering firm Vidaris focused on assisting developers adapt to the city’s new building codes.

    LiMandri said the firm’s new division would help address “confusion about the changes” to city building codes that have “become a lot more stringent.” [more]

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    From left: Robert LiMandri and Vidaris CEO Israel Berger

    Robert LiMandri, the city’s former Department of Buildings commissioner, will soon start work at Flatiron District-based construction and architectural consulting firm Vidaris.

    LiMandri left his government post in December at the end of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration after a five-and-a-half-year stint. He will now serve as senior principal at Vidaris, heading up business development and operations. The firm focuses its consulting on environmentally-friendly projects involving the design of a building’s façade, as well as renovations and other construction work. [more]

  • A collapsed crane at a TF Cornerstone site in Long Island City (Image courtesy Larry Dusseau)

    The Buildings Department has revoked crane operator Paul Greer’s license following the collapse of a crane at TF Cornerstone’s luxury rental development in Long Island City, which injured seven workers in January.

    “The Buildings Department has zero tolerance for individuals that demonstrate negligence and disregard for the law on any construction site,” Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri said in a statement. [more]

  • Robert Limandri

    Robert LiMandri

    The Department of Buildings is expanding its online NYC Development Hub to allow professionals to file applications and receive building permits online.

    Part of the DOB’s efforts to streamline the 50,000-plus applications for minor construction projects it reviews each year, the expansion covers home renovations, construction fences and scaffolding. Previously, the Hub program only accepted digital plans for new buildings and major alterations. For those projects, the DOB said it had issued permits three times faster than plans submitted by paper. “It is no longer necessary for industry members to visit our offices in order to submit paper plans and other documents,” DOB Commissioner Robert LiMandri said in a release. [more]

  • Robert LiMandri

    The Department of Buildings has issued 34 full and 75 partial stop work orders as part of a citywide safety inspection of 920 low-rise construction sites, the agency said. The orders covered 12 percent of the 920 sites inspected as part of “Operation: Low Rise.”

    The two-month investigation, concluded today, netted more than $954,000 in penalties from violations, the department said. The mostly minimal violations included missing fences, missing guardrails, missing fire extinguishers and work without proper permits, the news release said. [more]

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  • From left: DOB Commissioner Robert LiMandri and an aerial shot of Hurricane Sandy

    The City of New York is prepping for a 27-inch water level rise by 2050, according to Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri. As a result, buildings will need to plan for entrances to commercial buildings that sit at least that high — a significant adjustment, experts agreed. [more]

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  • DOB launches smartphone app

    February 06, 2013 03:30PM

    Robert LiMandri

    In its latest effort to increase transparency and efficiency in the construction process, the Department of Buildings today announced the debut of a smartphone app, which will allow users to search DOB databases for the histories of 975,000 city buildings. The app, which comes free of charge, operates on iPhone and Android platforms.

    The app includes information on active construction projects, violations, complaints and other details on properties listed in the Buildings Information System, the DOB’s online database. “Push” notifications provide the latest news on service updates, regulations and weather alerts. [more]

  • Mayor Bloomberg

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed an emergency order today to waive Department of Buildings application and permit fees for Hurricane Sandy-induced repair work, according to a statement the Mayor’s office issued today. New York City buildings that sustained significant damage from the storm and are in need of demolition, alteration or reconstruction work will have all repair fees waived until further notice, as well as fees for electrical and plumbing repair.

    “It will ensure that New Yorkers fixing their homes will not have to incur additional expenses,” Mayor Bloomberg said in the release, “and we are going to do everything we can to help those displaced by Hurricane Sandy rebuild and recover as quickly as possible.” [more]

  • From left: Gary Barnett, a rendering of One57 and the secured crane at One57

    The saga of  One57’s disabled crane is coming to a close. The crane has been successfully secured and the surrounding buildings reopened. Workers spent the weekend using a a hand crank to rotate the cab and crane platform closer to the building. Once it was close enough, construction workers used steel cables and beams to tie the 150-foot boom to the building’s concrete columns. It may take days, or even weeks, for the giant boom to be lowered to the ground. [more]

  • DOB Commissioner Robert LiMandri

    Since the NYC Development Hub — the Department of Buildings’ digital plan review system — was launched a year ago, some 339 new buildings and major alterations have received Hub approval, Crain’s reported. The projects already approved by the Hub will generate an estimated $1.3 billion in economic activity for New York City.

    And today, the city announced that the Hub system can also be used to file for small renovation projects, for which approval could come as soon as 24 hours. [more]

  • 150 Charles Street in June

    A group of West Village residents has gone to court to block the construction of 150 Charles Street, the Witkoff Group’s 98-unit condominium conversion of the former Whitehall Storage building. The 11 plaintiffs, who all live near the site, are claiming that the developer has run afoul of zoning rules.

    The residents say that Witkoff won special permission to enlarge the existing structure because the project is a conversion, rather than ground-up construction. But now, the developer has demolished the warehouse, waiving its right to the extra floor area, the residents allege in a complaint filed Thursday in New York State Supreme Court. [more]

  • From left: DOB Commissioner Robert LiMandri and a home's deck

    Starting today New Yorkers lucky enough to have their own outdoor space can request a free inspection of their decks and porches without penalty by calling 311. The Department of Buildings program runs through August 1, a city release says. This marks the third year that the DOB is offering its No-Penalty Deck and Porch Inspection Program.

    This campaign allows for residents with decks or porches to get inspections to see if repairs are needed. If work has to be done, the DOB will defer an issue of violations to allow residents some time to correct the problems. [more]

  • DA Charles Hynes and 2033 86th Street

    Two Bensonhurst, Brooklyn landlords were indicted today in the deaths of five tenants at an apartment building the pair had allegedly illegally subdivided, said a statement from Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes today.

    Vasilios Gerazounis, 68, and his son, Argyrios Gerazounis, 37, joint owners of 2033 86th Street, were indicted on numerous charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and one count of assault stemming from a December 2010 fire that killed five tenants. The fire was caused by arson. [more]

  • From left: DOB Commissioner Robert LiMandri and state Senator Tony Avella

    A state senator in Queens is calling for New York City Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri to step down, citing LiMandri’s alleged failure to thwart a notorious developer whose projects have been cited for numerous violations, the New York Daily News reported. Developer Tommy Huang, whose project in Elmhurst, Queens, was the site of a fatal construction accident last year, has not been adequately reprimanded by the city, according to state Senator Tony Avella, who represents Queens’ Bayside area. [more]

  • DOB aims for simpler construction signage

    February 06, 2012 09:30AM

    A construction site in Harlem and DOB Commissioner Robert LiMandri

    If the city’s Department of Buildings has its way, curious New Yorkers will no longer need to sift through dozens of complicated permits to find out what’s transpiring at local construction sites. They’d only need to eye one sign.

    The Wall Street Journal reported that the buildings department has launched a pilot program that encourages developers to put a single comprehensive sign on the plywood surrounding construction sites that details all the permits and includes a rendering of the project. [more]

  • A federal court dismissed a lawsuit this week that sought to undermine the New York City Department of Buildings’ power to regulate the crane industry, Crain’s reported.

    The Steel Institute of New York sued the city agency and argued that the city’s crane laws should be governed by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which has its own set of rules for crane construction. While the DOB’s laws do not conflict with federal regulations, they do have added safety measures that were a response to the two construction accidents involving cranes in 2008. … [more]

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    From left: Department of Design and Construction Commissioner David Burney, Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri and the single-occupancy housing style

    Antiquated laws for housing types in the city are restricting development of the type of residencies needed most in the city, according to the Citizens Housing and Planning Council. The New York Times reported that last week, the council hosted an exposition where architects presented ideas for new types of housing for lower-income New Yorkers. Developers and city officials were on hand and critiqued the proposals. Many of the designs were based on the concept of single-room-occupancy hotel.

    The current problem, according to the new housing advocates, is that even though most homes are designed with families in mind, just 17 percent of city housing units are occupied by parents raising children under the age of 25. … [more]

  • Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri has ordered all construction in
    the city suspended for the weekend in advance of the projected landfall of
    Hurricane Irene, NBC New York reported. All construction sites are to
    shut down between 2 p.m. on Saturday to 7 a.m. on Monday. LiMandri said today that inspectors from DOB are checking
    construction sites throughout the city to ensure that equipment is
    secured and any loose materials are removed or tied down. That
    includes cranes, scaffolding, hoists and anything else that could
    come loose in heavy wind and rain. He said that inspectors will
    continue their work throughout the weekend to make certain that
    builders, developers and contractors are complying with the rules.
    According to Jim Rosenbluth of Cushman and Wakefield, basements and lower levels of buildings close to the shore could be endangered by the hurricane.

  • Though still below 2008 levels, new construction permits in New York City are on the rise, an indication that developments may be back on track, the Wall Street Journal reported.
    Permits for new buildings, alterations and demolition rose by approximately 12 percent during the first half of 2011 compared with the same period last year, according to new data from the Department of Buildings. Demolitions — normally a firm indicator of brand new projects — jumped by 14 percent.
    “More construction permits mean more people are going to work,” Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri said.

    Private developers are still experiencing difficulty when it comes to financing big projects, said Richard Anderson, president of the New York Building Congress, as lenders tighten their restrictions. … [more]

  • Though he was cleared of manslaughter charges last year, William Rapetti received a punishment for his part in the crane collapse in Midtown in 2008 that killed seven people. A judge today found that the rigger’s sloppy crane work was to blame for the collapse, and recommended his license be revoked, the New York Post reported. Department of Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri has adhered to that recommendation, making Rapetti unable to operate or oversee any cranes in the city.

    “We have determined that Mr. Rapetti took shortcuts while erecting the tower crane by using damaged equipment and failing to follow the manufacturer’s specific instructions,” LiMandri said. “Those shortcuts sacrificed the safety of the job site and led to horrific consequences.” … [more]