Frequently Asked Questions
Who do I contact if I have questions about an NYU construction project?
What is Local Law 11?
Local Law 11 is a New York City Department of Buildings statute that requires facades inspections for buildings of six or more stories every five years. A certified architect or engineer determines whether potentially dangerous deterioration has occurred on a building's exterior faces, and then files recommendations with the DOB. The building owner then schedules the necessary facade work in a timely manner.
Local Law 11 work generally involves replacing masonry elements such as terra cotta, limestone, cast stone, and bricks; applying new mortar, caulking, and sealant; and patching spalled masonry. Repairs are usually localized to specific spots which have been highlighted by an architect, rather than occurring over an entire building face. All of a building’s exterior walls are assessed for maintenance needs.
How does NYU safely remove lead during construction?
All contractors must follow all applicable federal, state, and local laws. Contractors must abide to OSHA Lead Standard. NYU retains EPA-certified vendors to perform work that may disturb lead-based paint (LBP). All work on lead-based painted surfaces is performed under safe lead work practices to minimize dust creation and tracking of debris. This includes segregating work areas, placing plastic down to catch debris and wetting down material to be disturbed and wipe clearances, where applicable. All LBP debris is disposed of per regulation.
How does NYU handle asbestos abatement?
NYU follows a strict protocol for addressing asbestos-containing materials (ACM) identified in construction projects. NYU retains a consultant to assess work areas for asbestos and to develop a scope of work for abatement if asbestos has been identified and is to be disturbed. Only University-vetted licensed abatement contractors and consultants are used in all NYU facilities.
Asbestos abatement is heavily regulated in NYC. Local, state, and federal regulations that pertain to asbestos abatement are adhered to by the contractor and third party consultant. Safeguards include, but are not limited to, containing the work area with engineering controls in place, wetting down the material, double bagging all waste, and following decontamination procedures, as required by regulation.
Air monitoring is also performed during abatement activities, as required by regulation. All waste generated is double bagged and placed into a dumpster for proper disposal. Work areas are not cleared for re-occupancy until successful air clearance results have been achieved.
How does NYU handle dust mitigation?
To reduce the amount of dust given off during demolition, walls and floors are sprayed with water immediately prior to work beginning. Contractors comply with OSHA's demolition requirements as well as additional dust control requirements put in place by NYU's Office of Construction Management.
How does NYU mitigate construction noise?
Our construction projects follow Department of Environmental Protection regulations regarding construction noise mitigation.
If you experience a problem with excessive noise at one of our construction sites, please contact us.
How does NYU communicate with neighbors about construction projects?
The University reaches out to neighbors in a variety of ways, including community meetings, posted notices, and email notifications. NYU works internally to identify community members who may be affected by construction projects, but you can also add yourself to our site-specific lists by emailing community.affairs with your street address.
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, contact NYU Community Engagement at email@example.com or 212-998-2400. Outside those hours, contact the NYU Client Services Center at firstname.lastname@example.org and 212-998-1001. For questions regarding NYU Langone Medical Center's construction projects, please contact the Real Estate Development Office at NYU Langone.