IIBEC New York present Local Law 126
On September 21, 2022, the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants* (IIBEC) New York Chapter held a Parking Garage Forum, at Club 101 in NYC, where representatives of the AEC industry had the opportunity to understand and navigate the requirements for NYC parking structures as mandated by the recently introduced Local Law 126.
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The discussion panel: (L-R) Hugo Ramirez, VP, Adler Windows; Andrea Shear, Associate Principle, WJE; Jill Hrubecky, Executive Engineer, Buildings Department, John DeJager, President, Infrastructure Repairs; Anthony Stasio, Principle, EDG.
Andre Parnther, Burohappold Engineering and President of the IIBEC NY Chapter introduced keynote speaker Andrea Shear, Associate Principal, WJE who explained the Local Law 126 compliance requirements and alerted the attendees on the approaching deadlines.
The panel, consisting of Jill Hrubecky, Executive Engineer, NYC Department of Buildings; Anthony Stasio, Principle, EDG; John DeJager, Infrastructure Repair; and moderator Hugo Ramirez, VP, Adler Windows, presented the various types of concrete structural elements and outlined the road map to repair programs, preventative maintenance, and the importance of these processes to keep New York City’s parking garages safe.
Ms. Hrubecky described the process of becoming a DOB approved Qualified Parking Structure Inspector (QPSI) and said that NYC currently has approximately 35 DOB-approved inspectors with more in line for approval.
As Mr. Stasio explained, during the inspection process a repair program is determined for compliance or the requirement for immediate remediation to satisfy the structural deficiencies revealed. Non-compliance with this process exposes the owners to severe financial penalties and perhaps the possibilities of vacate/condemn orders.
The audience raised questions regarding qualification or certification of contractors performing these repairs and if the DOB had plans of vetting and approving vendors to perform this vital work. DOB is actively reviewing this concern and will provide an update later this year.
* The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) is an international association of professionals who specialize in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall specification, and design.