Inspect, Repair, Maintain: Addressing Common Issues in New York City Buildings and Parking Structures

Inspect, Repair, Maintain: Addressing Common Issues in New York City Buildings and Parking Structures

In crowded urban areas like New York City, it is critical to maintain existing building assets to maximize their useful life. As buildings age, property owners, managers, and developers must understand existing conditions to make informed decisions regarding immediate, safety-related repair needs, along with short, intermediate, and long-term repair and maintenance requirements. Up-front assessments with intelligent data collection and experience-based predictions allow key stakeholders to plan and budget for maintenance and repairs that extend useful life, improve performance, and reduce repeat expenditures. These competing demands become heightened with aging assets that require significant repair and rehabilitation, or structures like parking garages that can exponentially worsen with each seasonal change.

In this seminar, we will discuss approaches to condition assessments, capital planning, and phased repair programs, with an emphasis on commonalities in urban areas. Afterward, we will discuss how these approaches apply to parking garages and review requirements under the New York City Local Law 126, which mandates periodic inspection and maintenance of these structures.


After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of condition assessment programs for existing buildings to assist with capital planning to extend the useful life of buildings and parking structures.
  • Gain knowledge of common problems encountered during repair and rehabilitation projects.
  • Learn some of the common problems found in parking structures and learn how to identify and repair them for durability.
  • Interpret local New York City regulations that require periodic inspections of parking garages.

Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the seminar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Robert Antes
Robert Antes | Senior Project Manager

Robert Antes has diverse experience with the investigation, repair, and rehabilitation of concrete, steel, masonry, and timber structures of various types. He specializes in investigating and analyzing existing buildings and structures in response to structural failure, performance problems, and deterioration. Much of his work involves the evaluation, repair, and rehabilitation of existing structures, including parking garages, and associated construction administration. He has experience with adaptive reuse and historic preservation of existing buildings and is trained in the use of a variety of non-destructive evaluation techniques.

Greggrey  Cohen
Greggrey Cohen | Structural Repair and Rehabilitation Division Head, Boston

Gregg Cohen is a leader in SGH’s structural repair and rehabilitation practice. With broad expertise designing, investigating, and rehabilitating buildings of various types and materials, he is dedicated to helping clients extend the useful life of their structures. An active member in the Loss Executives Association, he has worked on projects that often involve insurance restoration, including consulting and repair after commercial property losses or disasters. Gregg’s practice also includes demolition planning and construction cost estimating.

Filippo  Masetti
Filippo Masetti | Associate Principal

Filippo Masetti has overseen design, investigation, strengthening, and rehabilitation projects involving concrete, steel, masonry, fiber-reinforced polymer, and wood structures. He has published articles and lectured at conferences and universities on these and related topics. He is the co-chair of the Structural Engineers Association of New York’s (SEAoNY) Resilience Committee.