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October 2017 Newsletter

What’s New

Please join us in congratulating firm president, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E., on his appointment to the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) House of Delegates.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic engineering consultation regarding a fall from the roof of a Bronx, NY multiple dwelling building
  • Consultation regarding construction activities and fire damage at a New York City multi-story building
  • Engineering site consultation regarding runoff, water table, and water intrusion concerns at a Suffern, NY condominium association

Homes Built to Stricter Standards Fared Better in Storm

On September 16th The Wall Street Journal reported  that “as homeowners in Florida begin to take stock of the damage from Irma, one pattern is beginning to emerge: homes that were built to the stricter building codes seem to have fared better…“The feedback we’re hearing is positive,” said Rusty Payton, chief executive of the Florida Home Builders Association”.Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is available to consult with property owners, managers, tenant associations, and related real estate entities, as well as attorneys, adjusters, and insurance companies, regarding building and fire code requirements, property maintenance, emergency preparedness planning, and other safety related property management matters. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

Notice of Rule in Development

Condition Assessments of Parking Structures

(19 NYCRR Section 1203.3)

On September 18th The NYS Department of State, Division of Code Enforcement and Administration reported  that a new “rule now under development would amend Section 1203.3 to provide that local governments’ code enforcement programs must include provisions requiring condition assessments of parking structures. The term condition assessment means an on-site inspection and evaluation of a parking structure for evidence of deterioration of any structural element or building component of such parking structure, evidence of the existence of any unsafe condition in such parking structure, and evidence indicating that such parking structure is an unsafe structure.”

The NYS Society of Professional Engineers has been monitoring this topic and urging the state to ensure that inspection by NYS licensed Professional Engineers be a part of this process. Yarmus Engineering, P.C. is pleased to remain active and involved in the effort to protect public safety via Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E.‘s role on the Executive Board of NYSSPE, as Vice President of the Mid-Hudson Region. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters.

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