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NYCHA Architectural and Engineering Needs Assessment/Inspection Services

 

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is a state-chartered public agency created in 1934 with responsibility for maintenance, repair, and operation of residential and non-residential facilities throughout New York City. 

WSP USA performed conditions assessments and established and maintained a comprehensive needs assessment database of building conditions for NYCHA’s portfolio of public housing and community facilities. The database included a condition-based rating system that assigned a numerical ranking for each building and component, existing deficiencies, recommended maintenance requirements, system repairs and long-term capital planning needs for a 5-, 10- and 15-year capital improvement plan for approximately 2,500 buildings. 

The surveys were conducted by a four-member team comprising an architect, structural, electrical and mechanical engineers, all of whom were trained by our firm in inspection methodology to ensure a common understanding of terms, baselines for evaluation parameters and of the overall process. Communication skills are also emphasized to ensure successful interactions with all stakeholders. 

Any immediately hazardous or structurally deficient finding was reported immediately to NYCHA. Building components were rated on a 1 to 5 scale and were given an estimated remaining useful life (in years) by the inspectors. Recommended actions were provided for each component. Based on survey findings, we prepared a physical needs assessment (PNA); all reports and data were uploaded to a central computer and accessible to NYCHA through a secure website. The client was able to assess rehabilitation needs and estimate future costs for repairs and capital planning.