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QUARTER 3 / September 2018 / EDITION 1

Par Case Study

1283 York Avenue

The Par Group installed the plumbing systems for the Ambulatory Care Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), located on the west side of York Avenue, between East 68th and East 69th Streets in Manhattan. One of the unique elements of this project was the degree of design collaboration, both in the initial stages, during pre-construction and then throughout the main construction phase. The goal was to seamlessly integrate design and construction.

“The approximately 740,000-square-foot facility, located at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center campus on York Avenue and 68th Street, is home to a wide range of ambulatory care services, including outpatient surgery, interventional radiology, diagnostic imaging, infusion services, as well as an Integrative Health and Wellbeing program…" -NYP Press Release

This development is a ten story hospital based ambulatory care center. The facility has one below grade floor for parking, a two-story lobby at grade, and five floors of clinical treatment services, which consist of operating room suites, radiology, endoscopy, radiation therapy, gastrointestinal services, waiting and support areas. There is also a standalone machine room on the top floor. The structure was designed for potential future expansion of other clinical and infrastructure programs.

Fulfilling the owner’s desire to follow best practices, Par incorporated several leading edge construction delivery techniques. These included trade management construction and design processes, as well as relational contracting, which involved advanced collaboration between the general contractor, all trades, engineers, architects, designers and the owner. This approach is unique in the architectural and construction industry and is built on the philosophy that close cooperation during the infancy of design produces a high-quality product at a tremendous value.

“Remarkable innovations and attention to detail will make each patient who visits the New York-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center confident that they are in the right place to receive the outstanding, individualized care that NYP is known for… ”-Frank A. Bennack, Jr., chairman of the NYP Board of Trustees.

NYPH David Koch Center

Photo Sources: https://www.nyp.org & Tectonic | Video Source: NewYork-Presbyterian Vimeo

Feature Story

2019 Gas Piping Compliance Notice: Local Law 152 Periodic Inspection of Gas Piping Systems

Dangerous, potentially life threatening accidents related to natural gas systems have become a more common occurrence in New York City.

Following an increase in gas related emergency calls, greater concern about NYC’s aging gas infrastructure, and three major gas explosions, The Public Service Commission and the City Council have enacted legal requirements to enhance safety and prevent future gas explosion events.


Commencing January 1, 2019 Local Law 152 requires periodic inspection of existing gas piping systems in all buildings other than R-3 occupancy. The gas inspection must be conducted by a Licensed Master Plumber (LMP) or a Department of Buildings qualified individual under continuous supervision of the LMP.

How Local Law 152 affects you as a Building Owner or Manager:

  • The inspection and completion of required repairs within a specified timeframe.
  • Inspections and related compliance documents must be completed, and any related deficiencies must be remediated within specified timeframes, or the building owner risks both violations from the City of New York and potential loss of insurance coverage.
  • It mandates that building owners and managers understand the condition of their gas systems and complete any required repairs in advance of the statutory inspection.
  • If sufficient hazards are discovered, gas service may be disconnected by Con Edison or National Grid; the re-establishment of gas service can be an onerous process that may take several months.

About the Par Group’s Local Law Compliance Program

The Par Group’s New York City Local Law Compliance and Safety Program for gas, fire sprinkler and potable water systems provides certified compliance with the required inspection, testing and documentation of natural gas systems, backflow preventers, wet & dry fire protection systems, water tanks and cooling tower makeup systems (including obtaining sewer credit).

A filing compliance guarantee is provided for all covered inspections. Multi-year programs are available.

Additionally, The Par Group offers gas system pre-construction services to ensure that all city, state and utility requirements are addressed at the initial stages of a project.

For more information call 516-394-2329 or email compliance@pargroup.com


New York

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SoHo rezoning plan to reverse outdated rules Crains NY

This co-working company is opening a huge outpost at the Chrysler Building The Real Deal NY

Buyer to pay $70 million for stake in boutique office project Crains NY

WeWork is inching closer to becoming Manhattan’s largest office tenant The Real Deal NY

Vera Institute to move HQ to Industry City Crains NY

See the transformation of a NYC landmark into the Moynihan Train Hall Curbed NY

Archtober 2018: Top 10 NYC events and program highlights 6sqft

Like most of the rapidly changing waterfront of New York City, this liminal landscape may soon be Radically transformed Curbed NY

Recent commercial real estate transactions NY Times


RealPage® launches Commercial Property Management 5.0 Business Insider

San Jose first city in California to receive Platinum LEED Certification in Environmental Sustainability Epoch Times

To prevent blight, local governments are buying dead malls Bisnow

Chicago becomes LEED-Certified for green building initiatives Chicago Tonight

The latest kitchen design trends for 2018 Livingetc

5 ways architecture can curb climate change Architecture Digest

Career Opportunities

Submit your resume to careers@pargroup.com

Company News

Par Celebrates Labor Day!
Par employees attended the 11th annual Building Green Gala hosted by the USGBC - Long Island chapter.
Neil Skidell, Director of Par Green Solutions presented at a lunch and learn for Jaros, Baum & Bolles covering ‘Gas Installation in NYC and Beyond’

The 12th Annual Mildred & Samuel Levine Memorial Golf Classic was a success!

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