New York City Buildings Department & NYSSPE hold 2nd Annual Design Professionals Day, Featuring Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE

NYC Design Professionals Gather for the 2nd NYSSPE Design Professionals Day (ref: DOB/Samantha Modell)

NYC Design Professionals Gather for the 2nd NYSSPE Design Professionals Day (ref: DOB/Samantha Modell)

A large group of New York City design professionals attended the NYSSPE’s second annual New York City Design Professionals Day on October 22nd, 2015. New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE opened the event with his “Building One City” presentation. Chandler spoke about the Department of Building’s Transformative Blueprint for Change. This new plan is focused on enhancing public safety, reorganizing processes, and reducing wait times through a more efficient and modern system of operation at the NYC Department of Buildings. Some notable implementations will include an increase of 159 plan examiners and 34 development inspectors over two years, the launch of a dedicated affordable housing unit, a redesign of the DOB’s online presence and capabilities, and a big push to make online plan review and submission the default practice in New York City. [Read more…]

New York City Buildings Department Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE Speaks at NYSSPE New York City Design Professionals Day

DOB Commissioner Chandler with NYSSPE Leaders (ref: DOB/Samantha Modell)

DOB Commissioner Chandler with NYSSPE Leaders (ref: DOB/Samantha Modell)

 

P-2 11-20-Event Chandler SpeakingApproximately 200 New York City design professionals attended the NYSSPE’s first New York City Design Professionals Day on November 20, 2014. New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Rick Chandler, PE kicked off the event giving an inspirational opening speech. Chandler reminded attendees that the health and safety of the citizens of New York City rest in the hands of our design professionals. The Commissioner outlined some of the new and existing codes that the DOB officials enforce on a regular basis. The Commissioner then passed the microphone off to several other DOB officials who spoke on different topics ranging from building codes to excavation safety and more.

Timothy Lynch, PE, DOB Assistant Commissioner of Investigative Engineering Services gave a seminar focusing on urban construction challenges. Lynch reviewed some of the DOB application processes as well as several online resources that are available to help design professionals gather information needed for properties they are working on including:

Google Maps
OasisNYC.net
New York Public Library Historic Map Guide
NYC Automated City Register Information System (ACRIS) – Ownership [Read more…]