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QUARTER 1 / January 2019

PAR Case Study: LaGuardia

LaGuardia Airport (LGA) in East Elmhurst, Queens is currently undergoing an $8 billion renovation and expansion project, under a plan from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the Airport Advisory Panel.

The expansion includes a new 243,000 square foot Central Terminal Building, which will contain a world-class main entrance and new mass transit connections. All four existing terminals will be linked through the new Central Terminal Building, the hub of LGA, which will be built six hundred feet closer to the adjacent Grand Central Parkway to allow for two additional miles of aircraft taxiways. The current project also includes the new Headhouse, a four-story, re-modeled section of Terminal B that will be utilized for ticketing, check-in, security and baggage claim. The Headhouse will connect to the new Central Terminal Building by two glass pedestrian bridges and is set to open in 2020.

The new Eastern and Western Concourses of the new Central Terminal will have 55-foot high ceilings and amenities such as restaurants that offer gate delivery, an interactive playground, a toy store and a spa. The Eastern Concourse of the New Central Terminal, and 11 of 18 new gates, began servicing customers in December of 2018. The remaining gates, as well as the Western Concourse, are set to open in early 2020. There is also a new West Parking Garage, which opened in February 2018 with 3,100 public parking spaces and a connection to the new Central Terminal Building. Additionally, there will be an AirTrain terminal, aka the “Central Hall” connecting LGA to the Willets Point MTA 7 and the Willets Point LIRR station.

PAR Plumbing is involved in the initial phases of the Headhouse, the Central Hall, the Central Heating & Refrigeration Plant (CHRP), Western Concourse A and Pedestrian Bridge A. PAR has executed the underground plumbing for the Headhouse and is currently working on the above grade portion. PAR Alterations is involved in the retail & fit-out portions of the project. PAR holds the contracts for underground work and the above-grade installation for Concourse A and Pedestrian Bridge A.

PAR’s scope of work includes new plumbing systems - sanitary, storm, gas and domestic water. The major equipment installations include new water booster systems, ejector systems, sump pumps, and the domestic hot water system, which was designed in conjunction with a solar plant for efficiency. New core bathrooms will be installed for the expected 20 million passengers that are expected to pass through LGA. The project also contains a $28 million flood protection plan, which will help LGA withstand extreme weather conditions such as Hurricane Sandy.

All phases of the LGA expansion project are scheduled for completion by 2022 and they are expected to total 2.7 million square feet, 6 new concourses, and 72 gates.

A map of the renovation and expansion sites at LGA

Feature Story

Top Owner Concerns Regarding January 2019 Effective Date for Gas Law Changes

Top Concern #1: LL 152 Compliance

LL 152 Inspections began in January 2019 and will occur every subsequent 5 years, with interim inspections being highly recommended. The Par Group is currently scheduling inspections for the allotted time periods and will adjust schedules on an as-needed basis as required by the final DOB rule.

The inspection will consist of a visual evaluation of all exposed piping on both sides of the meter, from the building point of entry up to any tenant space. It will also include a walk-through of the building to detect leaks using an approved leak detection device. The actual tenant space will be excluded, with the exception being that if a meter set is in a tenant space it will require inspection (a pressure test is not required).

If any abnormal operating conditions are observed, the inspector is obligated to notify the building owner, the utility company and the New York City Department of Buildings immediately. The building owner must immediately take action to correct any condition in compliance with the NYC Building codes; the responding party (Con Ed or FDNY) will determine if it is safe to leave gas service on or if immediate shutoff is required.

If the gas service to a building is shut off, either for an emergency or repairs, the DOB will require a pressure test and may require the upgrade of all riser and appliance valves to meet current code.

Top Concern #2: Gas Operator Qualification (GOQ)

Over the last several years there has been increased concern at the state level regarding the qualification of individual plumbers to work on live natural gas piping systems and jurisdictional piping. This has resulted in several regulatory changes enacted through the Con Edison Yellow & National Grid Blue Books:

  • A. Gas operator qualification and participation in a drug testing program required for any plumber working on jurisdictional piping and performing repairs after a shut down. This qualification is administered by The Plumbing Foundation City of New York.
  • B. Each individual with a GOQ must be employed by a Licensed Master Plumber. Each plumbers GOQ is linked to the employer’s license number and this must match the license number on the New York City Department of Buildings permit at the time of a gas turn on request. The utilities will verify this in the field. No match, no gas.
  • C. A plumber with a GOQ is required to perform any repairs after an emergency shut off and to apply for service restoration. No GOQ, no gas.

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



Ready Capital starts year with $120M nationwide closing Real Estate Weekly

Report: Strong economy should lift all CRE sectors in 2019 – Real Estate Weekly

Bricks and… wood? Green developers are embracing timber The Real Deal

Watch: New York’s most active developers of 2018 – The Real Deal

Rough cut : How the global diamond trade — from cartels to war zones — shaped New York’s skyline The Real Deal

6 crucial ways New York City’s landscape will change in 2019 – Curbed NY

Deep Underground, New NYC Train Hub Slowly Takes Shape – Epoch Times

Where are we in the cycle? Some experts say luxury condo market will remain ice cold in 2019 – The Real Deal

Plans filed for new tower at UWS Seminary site – Real Estate Weekly


Gilbane to lead $700M Philadelphia hotel-casino construction – Construction Dive

Facebook’s LA Presence Grows With 260,000-Square-Foot Playa Vista Lease – Commercial Observer

WeWork Signs 83K-SF Lease in Rosslyn, Va. Commercial Observer

Can Chicago’s Downtown rental boom last? – The Real Deal

WeWork is expanding in North Virginia – The Real Deal

Building for the Future: The Next Steps in Green Development Commercial Property Executive

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Company News

The PAR Group accepted the Big Brothers Big Sisters clothing drive challenge this past November and we exceeded our goal! Together we donated over 150 bags of clothes and miscellaneous items.
The PAR Group’s Annual Toy Drive for Sunrise Day Camp was once again a huge success.
Neil Skidell, Director of PAR Green Solutions, presented to Paramount Group covering "Gas Installation in NYC and Top Owner Concerns- Regarding the New Gas Laws"
Neil Skidell, Director of PAR Green Solutions, presented at a lunch and learn for Lilker Associates covering "Gas Installation in NYC and Beyond"
Neil Skidell, Director of PAR Green Solutions, presented at ASPE’s monthly meeting covering "Gas Installation in NYC and Beyond"

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