• Corporate HQ, NY
  • Melville, NY
  • Iselin, NJ
  • Ossining, NY
  • Mount Laurel, NJ

NYCHA Building Condition Surveys


HAKS was a major participant in the performance of condition surveys of approximately 3,500 residential and facility buildings owned by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). The objective was to provide NYCHA with a capital plan for maintaining its building assets in a state of good repair for many years to come. 

Surveys were undertaken for the site, buildings and facilities (assets). Site inspection included paved and unpaved surfaces, landscape, site drainage, lighting, playgrounds, and street furniture. Building and facility inspections included all exterior and interior components and electrical and mechanical systems. Inspections for electrical systems included building site and exterior security lighting; communication and security systems, including CCTV, intrusion alarm, remote annunciator, panic switches, and ultrasonic sensors; and fire alarm and emergency lighting systems. 

The four-member teams carried hand-held tablets with software tailored for NYCHA. Survey reports contained building templates (plans), elevation references, and photographs of typical deficiencies. Immediately hazardous or structurally deficient condition were reported immediately to NYCHA. Building components were rated on a scale of 1 to 5, and given an estimated remaining useful life (in years) by the inspectors. Component deficiencies were identified and quantified. A recommended action and time period for repair/replacement were also provided for each component. All survey reports were uploaded to a central computer, and each report was checked for quality assurance and consistency. A field QA team independently verified data collected in the field. All reports and data uploaded to the central computer were made available to NYCHA through a secured web site.  

The data were analyzed and priority component repair and replacements identified for each asset. These priority components were then allocated a unit price for input to the capital plan, which provided budgetary allocations for restoring these assets and maintaining them in good repair.