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New York City Housing Authority

New York, NY


Scott Groom

Project Team

VP Samy, P.E.
Nabeel Raazi, P.E.
Bill Payne


  • Condition Assessment
  • Structural Design – Restoration
  • Architectural Design
  • Bidding Services
  • Construction Administration / Observation
  • Upgrades / Renovation
  • Owner’s Rep (Construction)
  • Local Law 11 Study

This project was performed for a City Agency, the New York City Housing Authority. O&S developed reports, construction drawings, and specifications to NYCHA’s standards for over nearly 300 buildings in 70 different developments. These occupied buildings varied from 5 stories to 25 stories. We provided design services for façade repairs, roofing system replacement, installation of new water tanks, window replacement, and curtain wall replacement. O&S has performed services for NYCHA for over seven years and due to the seasonal nature of exterior construction, O&S has several times successfully ramped up production and met NYCHA’s goals to deliver construction documents in time for the construction season start.

Equity: NYCHA serves low-incomes families in New York City. The work performed by O&S including roofing replacement and façade repairs improved the weather-tightness of the buildings and reduced energy consumption by increasing the R Value of Insulation in the roofing systems to meet current code requirements.

Healthy Living: As part of our scope, O&S hired a material testing lab to test for hazardous materials testing. Many elements tested positive for lead and asbestos. O&S developed a hazardous material remediation plan and these hazards were successfully removed as part of the façade and roofing work.

In 2010, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) engaged O&S to provide architectural, engineering, and construction services in a 5-year IDIQ contract. Our first Task Order under the Bond B contract included design services for the restoration of 80 building façades and 100 roofs. The buildings varied in size from 5 stories to 25 stories and encompassed all types of façade systems including solid wall, curtain wall, cavity wall, and precast panels. The scope of work for façade and roof restoration included comprehensive visual inspections, construction cost estimates, production of specifications and construction drawings, and construction observation. O&S also filed all required documents with the NYC Department of Buildings (NYCDOB). Project funding was provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and thus was subject to very strict A/E and construction requirements. It was also highly time sensitive, and O&S displayed immediate responsiveness to any changes or revisions that were required to complete the project.

For our second Task Order, O&S was engaged to perform FISP Cycle 7 (Local Law 11) Inspections for 230 buildings throughout New York. New York City law requires that all buildings over 6 stories be inspected by an A/E professional every 5 years. Our services included a complete visual inspection of the entire façade and roofs of the buildings, including a close-up inspection using a suspended scaffold (swing stage). We also provided repair scope of work, cost estimates, and site protection plans. The Scope of Work for this contract was extremely large, with many buildings requiring service concurrently. The initial 90% set for 100 Bond B buildings was performed in 3 months, and 230 FISP Cycle 7 reports were completed in 12 months. In order to manage the huge volume of work successfully, O&S developed and implemented new and more efficient inspection, design, and quality control procedures. In 2016, O&S was awarded another 5-year IDIQ contract. Our First Task order under this new contract includes FISP Cycle 8 Inspections and Reports for an additional 220 buildings in sub-cycles A, B, and C.


$99,000,000 (100 Buildings)

The New York City Housing Authority engaged O&S to provide Architectural & Engineering services in a 5-year IDIQ contract. NYCHA owns and manages over 175,000 apartments, which represent 8.6% of the total rental apartments in the Five Boroughs of New York City. O&S was hired in a group of just 11 A-E Consultants. To date, O&S has already provided Architectural Engineering Services for more than 300 different buildings. The services provided have included the following:

Exterior Wall Repairs (80 Bldgs.) Roofing (100 Bldgs.) Window Replacement
Disaster Response Cost Estimating Water Tank Installation
Site/Civil Erosion Municipal Consulting Hazardous Materials Testing
Cycle 7 & 8 FISP Reports (450 Bldgs.) Plumbing Systems