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September 2013 Newsletter

What’s New

Significant changes have been made in the 2009 version of the ANSI A117.1 Accessibility Standard to enhance safety at ramps, curbs, and curb flares. Please contact our office if we can be of assistance in guiding you through these or other recent code or standards updates.

Recent Projects

  • Forensic Engineering services regarding a fall from a ladder at a Queens, NY worksite
  • Evaluation of flooring coefficient of friction and lighting adequacy at a Rochester, NY arena
  • Consultation regarding vestibule renovations and code compliance for a multiple dwelling structure located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan

Modular Construction Stacking Up in NYC

Fast Company recently reported that design professionals “in New York are turning to prefabricated structures as a cheap and quick way to build buildings. Earlier this month, a seven-story, 28-unit apartment building in Upper Manhattan known as the Stack topped out. The modular building took only four weeks to complete. The developers say the Stack is New York City’s tallest residential structure relying on off-site construction—that is, until a planned 32-story apartment building in Brooklyn is completed. The Stack’s architect and developer estimate that a similar but conventionally constructed building would have cost 15% more. They say once the public perceives this type of building not as “boxes” or “Lego,” modular construction will take off”. 

Yarmus Engineering, P.C. has decades of experience working with modular construction, including inspections for deficient connections and the design of foundations for such structures.  Please contact our office if we can be of assistance to you or your clients regarding such matters. 

NRC Clears Entergy To Continue Operating Indian Point Unit 2 Reactor After License Expires

On August 20th reported that a “paper written by a graduate research assistant is being touted as proof that the Indian Point nuclear power plant is vulnerable to a sea-borne terrorist attack that could result in a catastrophic release of radiation.” They added that “Riverkeeper Paul Gallay, who is a supporter of shutting down the power plants, said the study proves the NRC has not done its job.” However, Indian Point spokesman Jerry Nappi said the plant gets “very good marks from our federal regulator on our security program.” Nappi also noted that the writers of the “report really did not take a comprehensive look or even come to look at some of these sites before they made judgments on them”.

As president of the Rockland County Chapter of the New York State Society of Professional Engineers, Andrew R. Yarmus, P.E. is part of a team of professionals coordinating a lecture series on NYS Energy Needs and Issues and Safety Related to Indian Point.  While the September 18th event is specifically geared towards Professional Engineers, the general public, including the patrons of our firm, are certainly welcome to attend.  Please click here for additional program and registration information if you are interested in attending. 

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