Special Inspections TR1 TR4 TR8

The city requires controlled inspections at various stages of a building's development. These inspections need to be provided by certified technicians employed by a registered Special Inspections Agency. Big Apple is a certified Class 1 SIA that can perform all inspections required by the design professionals and plan examiners.

Big Apple conducts site inspections for all phases of construction, including the inspections during its progress, necessary for the certification upon final inspection to ensure that all work substantially conforms to the approved construction documents and applicable NYC Building Code provisions. We will confirm that the performance of progress inspections and other inspections has been documented as required.

Report Distribution & Non-Conformance Reporting Solutions

As part of Big Apple's ongoing quest for client satisfaction, we have adopted a few resources which have made us stand out from our competitors. We are proud to have developed solutions to the most common problems relating to the testing and inspection scope of any project; Expedited Report Distribution-Non Conformance Resolution.

Big Apple has incorporated a central data system linking field inspectors, engineers, project managers, and office personnel into a single information source. This new system works by allowing the inspector to immediately upload his/her report which becomes available to our engineering department instantaneously. At that point, review can begin without delay. Our administrative staff can see when reports have been approved and release them to our the clients immediately. Prior to beginning a project, we set up the database uniquely to your specific chain of command.

Big Apple has dedicated an entire department to optimal Non-conformance Resolution. Unlike our competitors who issue non-conformance reports (NCRs) and leave it up to the client's team to resolve, our stand reviews project NCR logs daily and assists in facilitating corrective action until compliance is achieved. Big Apple understands who the experts are... us! We will guide all project team members on the most effective ways to adhere to code while considering each project unique challenges. Let us show you how this system has led to a faster close-out process.

INSPECTION SERVICES

Special & Progress Inspections - TR1

Architectural, Safety, & Fire Protection Inspections

  • Fire-Resistant Penetrations and Joints (Firestopping)
  • Sprayed Fire-Resistant Materials (Fireproofing)
  • Mastic and Intumescent Fire-Resistant Coatings
  • Fire-Resistance Rated Construction
  • Smoke Control Systems
  • Public Assembly Emergency Lighting
  • Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems
  • Flood Zone Compliance

Structural Inspections

  • Structural Stability – Existing Buildings
  • Structural Steel – Welding
  • Structural Steel – Details
  • Structural Steel – High-Strength Bolting
  • Structural Cold-Formed Steel
  • Concrete – Cast-In-Place
  • Masonry
  • Post-Installed Anchors – Formed Steel
  • Structural Wood Frame

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) Inspections

  • Mechanical Systems
  • Heating Systems
  • Storm Water Drainage
  • Sprinkler & Standpipe Systems

Geotechnical / Foundation Inspections

  • Excavations – Sheeting, Shoring, Bracing
  • Footings and Foundations
  • Underpinning
  • Subgrade
  • Deep Foundation Elements (Pile Drilling/Grouting) (TR5)
  • Helical Piles (TR5H)
  • Subsurface Conditions – Backfilling
  • Subsurface Investigations (Borings/Test Pits) (TR4)

Energy Code Compliance - TR8

MEP / HVAC

  • Insulation and Sealing
  • Equipment
  • Systems Controls
  • Shutoff Dampers
  • Duct Leakage
  • Maintenance Information

Lighting

  • In Dwelling
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Controls
  • Electrical Energy Consumption

Envelope

  • Fenestration U-Factor, Rating, and Leakage
  • Insulation Placement and R Values
  • Air Sealing and Insulation
  • Vestibules

Structural Inspections - TR6

Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP)

The NYC Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP), formerly known as Local Law 11, requires NYC buildings taller than six stories to have their facades inspected and repaired every five years. FISP, formerly known as Local Law 11, requires that owners of buildings taller than six stories have exterior walls and appurtenances inspected every five years. FISP is designed to ensure pedestrian safety by prevent bricks, concrete and other façade elements from falling on pedestrians.

What happens during a FISP / Local Law 11 inspection?

Before any exterior wall for any building is critically examined, Big Apple Group will carefully review the most recent report and any available previous reports on the property. Big Apple Group will design an inspection program for the specific building to be inspected based on the considerations of the type of construction of the building’s envelope, age of the material components, the façade’s specific exposure to environmental conditions and the presence of specific details and appurtenances. During the course of the critical examination, photographs shall be taken and/or sketches made to properly document the location of all conditions observed that are unsafe.

SPECIAL INSPECTION AGENCY TIERS

Big Apple Group is proud to be certified as a Class 1 agency. Allowing us to provide the full scope of Special Inspections.

CLASS 1

Construction

No Limit

Demolition

No Limit

Alteration

No Limit

Square Footage

No Limit

Underpinning, Demo, & Excavations 

No Limit

CLASS 2

Construction

Up to 10 Stories

Demolition

Up to 10 Stories

Alteration

Up to 10 Stories

Square Footage

Up to 20,000sf

Underpinning, Demo, & Excavations 

Up to 30 feet deep

CLASS 3

Construction

1, 2, or 3 Family Home

Demolition

1, 2, or 3 Family Home

Alteration

1, 2, or 3 Family Home

Square Footage

Up to 10,000sf

Underpinning, Demo, & Excavations 

Up to 10 feet deep
NYC DOB CODE
for special inspection agency class 1.

An agency registered as a Class 1 special inspection agency for a special inspection category will be permitted to perform the work associated with such special inspection category on any project.

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Accreditation is required for this class.

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NYC DOB CODE
for special inspection agency class 2.

An agency registered as a Class 2 special inspection agency for a special inspection category will be permitted to perform the work associated with such special inspection category on any project, except those involving:

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1. The construction of a new major building;

2. The full demolition of a major building;

3. The alteration of a major building including:

  • The removal of an entire story or more;
  • The partial demolition of twenty thousand (20,000) square feet or more of gross floor area; or
  • The partial demolition of twenty (20) percent or more of the gross floor area.

4. The enlargement of a major building by more than ten thousand (10,000) square feet of gross floor area.

Major building defined in 2014 NYC BC Chapter 33, Section 3302:

An  existing  or  proposed  building  10  or  more  stories  or  125  feet or  more  in  height,  or  an existing  or  proposed  building  with  a  building  footprint  of  100,000  square  feet or  more  regardless  of  height,  or  an existing  or  proposed  building  so  designated  by  the  commissioner  due  to  unique  hazards  associated  with  the  construction  or demolition of the structure.

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NYC DOB CODE
for special inspection agency class 3.

An agency registered as a Class 3 special inspection agency for a special inspection category will be permitted to perform the work associated with this category on the following projects only:

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1. The construction, demolition, or alteration of a one-, two-, or three-family dwelling; or

2. The alteration of any building, including partial demolition, of less than ten thousand (10,000) square feet of gross floor area in total.

Exception: The special inspection categories of underpinning, mechanical means and methods of demolition, and the protection of the sides of excavations greater than ten (10) feet in depth must be performed only by special inspection agencies registered as either class 1 or class 2 special inspection agencies for such categories.

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