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  • Filing Help for NYC Certificate of Occupancy

    Filing Help for NYC Certificate of Occupancy

    Are you considering making physical changes to your property that will change its type of occupancy or use? Or are you in the process of new construction on a building?  In New York, completing this type of construction means you will need an amended certificate of occupancy Certificate of Occupancy.

    Scott Henson Architect can file these certificates with the Department of Buildings for NYC building owners, in cases of both renovations and new construction.

    In order to get a Certificate of Occupancy, your building must be inspected by the Department of Buildings. The inspector will confirm that everything in the building was constructed in accordance with your architect's approved plans, including:

    • Plumbing 
    • Fire safety (sprinkler system, alarm, fire pump pressure test)
    • Electrical 
    • Elevators 
    • Lobby completion
    • Entrances (correct number for size; no obstructions)

    A Department of Buildings inspector will want to confirm that major construction is complete on the job site and that there are no safety hazards in the space, such as obstructions at the entrances or construction that would impede fire safety. According to city government,

    No one may legally occupy a building until the Department has issued a Certificate of Occupancy or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy.

    When a final Certificate of Occupancy is issued, this confirms that the construction on your building is compliant with all legal guidelines, including the filing of proper paperwork, fees, and approvals, and that any violations have been resolved.

    If you need assistance in filing your Certificate of Occupancy, contact us to start the process today.

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  • The Importance of Site Safety Plan Preparation

    The Importance of Site Safety Plan Preparation

    At Scott Henson Architecture, we can't overemphasize the importance of site safety plan preparation.  More than 20% of workplace fatalities happen in the construction business, according to OSHA, so having a proactive plan to keep your job site safe is not only good business - it can really save lives.

    The key components of a typical site safety plan are:

    • New employee and ongoing staff training, including rules for when to use and where to find personal protective equipment.
    • Inspection of the site and all equipment, followed by periodic audits. Electrocutions are the second-highest cause of death in construction, so we take care that our equipment is always in good working order.
    • Accountability, both on the leadership side and on the employee side.

    We put in writing, in simple, clear language, the important facts:

    WHO is in charge of maintaining the safety of our job site.

    WHAT the rules and expectations are.  (For instance, everyone has to use protective eye wear.)

    WHEN an accident happens, the process for dealing with it.

    WHERE personal protective equipment is kept.

    WHY everyone is responsible for safety.

    The GC or site manager can't be everywhere at once, and just meeting the minimum legal requirements isn't enough to keep an accident from happening. Every construction project must have a set of standards in place so that anyone on the site can react quickly to a safety situation.  

    Interested in innovative solutions for building maintenance and historic preservation?

    Contact us to discuss your next project.

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