Scores of NYC buildings face concrete retesting

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Concrete in nearly 60 New York City buildings still needs to be retested, more than a year after fraud allegations emerged against one of the city’s largest testing companies, Testwell Laboratories. The Museum of Modern Art and a 40-story office building in Times Square were among the buildings that needed retesting, according to the New York Times. The retesting process is vexing the city Department of Buildings in both scale and degree of difficulty. “There is no accepted standard to retest concrete on this scale, and we have been working with more than 50 engineers associated with the buildings named in the indictment to develop a protocol to ensure all of the tests were done properly,” said department spokesperson Tony Sclafani. The city could have even more to test soon — another concrete testing company, Stallone Testing Laboratories, was formally indicted on similar charges last month.