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Terrace EnclosuresApr 18, 2007


My bldg requires an architect to file a permit with the Dept Of Bldgs when enlcosing a terrace. Many apts have already done this but the bldg is now requiring the filing with the Dept Of Bldgs. This adds around 5k to the price of the enclosure. As the window company draws up the plans for the enclosure anyway, the architect/engineer is only needed to file.

Does anyone have any input to this process or know of either an inexpensive arch or a window company that has an arcr/engineer in house?

Thank you

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DOB permit - steve w Apr 19, 2007


Although I don't know of any window companies, I can add this, Bill:

If you must file for a DOB permit, it is the city, not the board, that requires an engineer's or architect's drawings. And work that requires a DOB permit is work that comes under city codes, not the board's whims.

So why weren't DOB permits required for similar work done earlier in your building?

In my case, I removed a dumbwaiter shaft, the third shareholder to do so in my line. None of the others were told to get DOB permits, but I was. Why? The board's architect made a mistake and didn't realize the permits were required. (That architect no longer works for the board.)

Since board members aren't experts on city building codes, they rely on others who are. Unfortunately, even the experts make mistakes. I paid that actra $5k myself, so I know what you're talking about. But if you want it changed, you'll have to write to your city councilman, not the board, because it's a city law/code/rule.

Steve W

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To Steve W - Bill Apr 19, 2007


thank you for the response. Do you know of any arch who would do this?

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arch - steve w Apr 19, 2007


This is the architect and firm I used. He found errors made by the board's architect, so he has a practical eye. Also a good person.

Michael Notaro AIA
Zaskorski & Notaro Architects
212-239-7212
646-372-0655
mnotaro@znarchs.com

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Archt - Bill Apr 20, 2007


Thank you very much.

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