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The New York City Department of Buildings’ 2014 Build Safe | Live Safe Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the New York Marriott Downtown in Lower Manhattan. Tickets are now available.
At this annual event, Department of Buildings’ engineers, architects and construction experts will outline recent industry trends and discuss a shared vision for the future of construction operations in New York City. Plus, we will have multiple construction safety courses available for professional credit.
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We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Build Safe | Live Safe Conference. 

The New York City Department of Buildings’ 2014 Build Safe | Live Safe Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at the New York Marriott Downtown in Lower Manhattan. Tickets are now available.

At this annual event, Department of Buildings’ engineers, architects and construction experts will outline recent industry trends and discuss a shared vision for the future of construction operations in New York City. Plus, we will have multiple construction safety courses available for professional credit.

Be sure to check your Buildings News for additional information or subscribe here.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Build Safe | Live Safe Conference

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri have announced new legislation to limit the age of cranes operating in New York City as part of an ongoing effort to raise the standards for crane operations citywide. 

As part of the bill, mobile and tower cranes manufactured more than 25 years ago would be banned from operating in New York City.  Affected cranes would also be removed from service based on the original date of manufacture - or based on the age of the crane’s oldest component - whichever is greater. Additionally, crane owners would be required to outfit all cranes with load cycle counters to record data regarding every lift that a crane performs – which is critical to setting maintenance schedules and overall operability over a crane’s service life.

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The Department of Buildings latest ‘State of Construction’ podcast features Commissioner Robert LiMandri discussing the latest in tower cranes and mast climber safety – all during a time when construction is booming across all five boroughs.  Click here to listen in.

Did you know that 75% of New York City’s carbon emissions come from its buildings?

See how NYC DOT is working to create energy-efficient facilities now and for the future and learn more about sustainability in buildings

Heroes in the Basement

Inclement Weather Advisory

The Department is advising all construction professionals and property owners to secure their construction sites due to possible rain and high winds reaching up to 50 miles per hour this Tuesday and Wednesday. Click here for more information. 

The Department is distributing educational flyers throughout the City warning New Yorkers about the dangers of illegally converted apartments. Illegal dwellings violate the City’s construction codes and can pose serious risks to tenants, neighbors and first responders in the event of a fire or other emergency. Unauthorized work is subject to violations and Stop Work Orders from the Department.  Click the link below to learn more on how to spot an illegal conversion and what you can do to take action: http://on.nyc.gov/uRqMmB

State of Construction Podcasts

Our State of Construction podcasts provide an opportunity to learn about the latest trends in construction in New York City from Commissioner LiMandri, as well as the latest developments at the Department to improve the construction experience for all New Yorkers.  Learn more about mast climbers, how they play a role in construction and new rules that affect their daily work here.

We couldn’t be happier to visit PS 373 in Staten Island today as part of our Junior Architects and Engineers program - an educational program designed to teach elementary school students about the construction process in New York City.  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.  To date, more than 750 students have participated in the program.  To learn more, and to find out how your school can participate, click here.

Elevator Escalator Safety Week

The Department’s annual Elevator Escalator Safety Week program visited second graders at P.S. 2 in Manhattan today.  For the 10th year in a row, the Department has participated in this national program - which teaches students to “Ring, Relax and Wait” - in case of an emergency involving an elevator or escalator.

The Department is advising all construction professionals and property owners to secure their construction sites due to possible severe high winds reaching up to 45 miles per hour.  Click here for more information – Stay safe!

Today we announced an addition to our line-up at the NYC Development Hub: Hub Full-Service. Hub Full-Service will allow design professionals and Department experts to collaborate through virtual plan reviews and provide real-time feedback to applicants. Minor construction projects, such as kitchen renovations, scaffolds, and construction fences, can now receive a virtual plan review and permits without having to visit the Department’s offices.

“Thanks to the expanded NYC Development Hub, any construction project in New York City can be approved from the comfort of your own office,” said Commissioner Robert LiMandri. “It is no longer necessary for industry members to visit our offices in order to submit paper plans and other documents. Whether you’re constructing a new building or renovating a kitchen, architects and engineers can have their plans reviewed by our plan examiners with the click of a button.”

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Congratulations to this year’s Excellence in Customer Service Award recipients (L-R): Executive Officer of Citywide Enforcement & Emergency Operations Joseph Ventour, Inspector Mark Ranson, Director of Customer Service Lisa Lewis, Records Access Officer Angela White, Inspector Dennis Lin, and Chief of Citywide Plumbing Enforcement Shawn Jones. Your service to the City of New York helps us #buildsafe and #livesafe every day.

Congratulations to this year’s Excellence in Customer Service Award recipients (L-R): Executive Officer of Citywide Enforcement & Emergency Operations Joseph Ventour, Inspector Mark Ranson, Director of Customer Service Lisa Lewis, Records Access Officer Angela White, Inspector Dennis Lin, and Chief of Citywide Plumbing Enforcement Shawn Jones. Your service to the City of New York helps us #buildsafe and #livesafe every day.

Weather Advisory

The Department is advising all construction professionals and property owners to secure their construction sites due to possible severe thunderstorms and high winds reaching up to 40 miles per hour.  Click here for more information – Stay safe!

New Extreme Weather Guide

Commissioner LiMandri has announced the release of a new guide to help contractors prepare for severe weather. The guide outlines steps for contractors and construction safety managers including task planning, emergency response teams and post-storm procedures.  Click here for more information.