FISP Engineers and Architects
The Façade Inspection Safety Program of New York City was originally established in 1998, as Local Law 11. But even before that, Local Law 10/80 put in place stipulations concerning the inspection of buildings higher than 6 stories.
In 2013, LL 11 became FISP, with engineers and architects fulfilling the role of Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI). Tasked with performing the inspection at arms’ length every 5 years, these professionals are also required for file an inspection report describing the status of the façade.
Should repairs be required, a detailed report addressing deficiencies and a repair schedule is required.
SUPERSTRUCTURES and FISP
Since 1981, SUPERSTRUCTURES has built a reputation as a high-quality source of FISP engineers and architects. Because we’re dedicated to the preservation of buildings and infrastructure, we’ve been engaged in supporting FISP regulation and compliance since the inception of the Program.
Who is a QEWI?
A licensed architect or engineer approved by 1 RCNY §101-07 Approved Agencies with 1 year’s experienced is qualified to perform this work.
What does inspection entail?
Critical examination of exterior walls must be conducted by a QEWI within a two-year window during the current 5-year examination cycle.
All exterior building walls are subject to inspection. Excluded are walls located less than 12 inches from an adjacent building.
The NYC Department of Buildings requires that the visual inspection report be filed within 60 days of completion of the final inspection and no more than 1 year following the physical examination (scaffolding).
Based on the QEWI’s findings, buildings are then classified under the headings of Safe, Unsafe, or Safe with a Repair and Maintenance Program (SWARMP). For the latter, a timeline for the work must be produced and then, satisfied.
Unsafe conditions must be reported immediately by the QEWI to the DOB, at which time the building owner has 30 days to correct the conditions deemed unsafe.
Where does the QEWI look?
Examination of the building walls must be conducted from a scaffolding expressly erected for the purpose, to obtain a detailed inspection of a representative sampling, as defined by the QEWI.
When does inspection occur?
As stated earlier, FISP inspections are to be conducted every 5 years and are organized by the DOB on a cyclical basis.
Currently, we’re in Cycle 8, which commenced on February 12, 2015 and which concludes on the same date in 2019.
Why does this matter?
More than 12,500 buildings in New York City fall under the aegis of FISP, which is the oldest program of its kind in the USA.
LL 10/80 was introduced due to a fatality caused by falling masonry. FISP is, therefore, an effort to minimize the possibility of injuries and fatalities occasioned by buildings which require maintenance to ensure public safety.
At SUPERSTRUCTURES, we’re proud to make New York City a safer place to live by providing a superior source of FISP engineers and architects. Preservation of buildings is about more than heritage. It’s about public safety.
Providing unexcelled control over cost and scheduling, SUPERSTRUCTURES brings building owners excellence that restores their holdings to FISP standards.