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Not only did the company have to carefully consider the fire protection aspects, but it also had to design it with separate stairways.
Two separate stairways are not required for residential buildings but
it is anticipated that this building is going to be partially converted
to a Transient Hotel in the future. The city code requires commercial
structures to be built with stairways that are structurally independent and separated by code-required distances.
"If you have a fire in one stairwell, then [there is a chance] the
other is not going to be impacted," he says. "The interest is to have a
much safer exit for commercial type of use."
The city codes also require builders to hire an independent agency
to check general contractors work. "If they are pouring the concrete
or installing fire-rated partitions, [they need the third-party agency]
who is going to sign off and confirm work is properly done in compliance with construction documents," Sehic says.
C3D designed 232 7th
Avenue to be very functional,
even on a limited budget.
The project team also has ensured it will protect the foundations
of its neighbors' buildings. "More often than not, we go below the
neighbors' [foundations]," he says, noting that this required permission from adjacent buildings.
"It's a very complicated process and it requires many agencies to
work together," Sehic says. "There's a lot of work that nobody sees."
C3D has learned lessons from 232 7th Avenue, including coping
with adjacent buildings that actually extended over its property
lines. "Those happened to be where we were to have our stairs," Sehic
recalls. "We had to work around them."
Sehic says C3D expects to keep busy after 232 7th Avenue is finished. "We are really growing fast," he says, noting that the company
is at work on Journal Square Development, a major project in Jersey
"We're designing a whole new city downtown with several new
high-rises and pedestrian street. We are also doing a large project in
the Great Neck, [N.Y.], area for the same owner."
The company also is designing several projects in Manhattan. "We
are doing a new hotel at 355 Seventh Avenue, a new hotel at 320
Broadway and a new hotel in Long Island City, among other projects.
Currently, our office is handling over 80 jobs, smaller or larger. In
addition, there are quite a few new buildings under construction,
mostly in NYC," Sehic says.
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