Wednesday, September 28, 2016

After four years, Barclays Center now on 20th Temporary Certificate of Occupancy


Four years after its opening, the Barclays Center is on its 20th three-month TCO, or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, issued by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). That permits use and occupancy but indicates the building's still not done.

As I wrote in October 2013, an extended TCO is nothing new for sports facilities. Yankee Stadium got its Final Certificate of Occupancy after nearly three years, but Citi Field got its document more than four years after opening. The Barclays Center may push beyond it.

A final Certificate of Occupancy is issued when the completed work matches the submitted plans. Documents confirm the work complies with all applicable laws, all paperwork has been completed, all DOB fees have been paid, all relevant violations have been resolved and all necessary approvals have been received from other City agencies.

What's missing

While the TCO at right indicates that there are "27 outstanding requirements," a look at another page (below) on the  DOB's web site indicates there are 24 such requirements.

That almost completely duplicates the outstanding requirements as of one year ago, with one exception: apparently the "structural safety of existing buildings" was confirmed. But such final certification awaits regarding many aspects of the building, such as life safety aspects as smoke detectors and fire alarms.

There are also various pending violations facing the building, including several--with details completely unspecified--from this past June regarding elevators.

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