NY Concrete Testing Laboratory
By Tom Walsh
The NYC Department of buildings has announced plans to build a new city owned and operated concreted testing laboratory and the implementation of a new concrete re-testing protocol after over 80 new buildings in NYC have been named in an indictment of Testwell Laboratories by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. Testwell, who has been accused of falsifying concrete-testing documents, performed the required concrete inspections and technical reports. Testwell Laboratories is one of the leading in the industry and has performed concrete inspections on the new Yankee Stadium, Freedom Tower and the new Jet blue Terminal at JFK. All of the projects, along with 80 other projects will be required by the Buildings Department to re-test the concrete to verify it meets the current standards allowed by code.
The newly created city testing laboratory will be open in January 2010, focusing on High Rise and Low Construction through the five Boroughs. The Department of Design and Construction will be assigning employees, as well as a licensed professional as Director, to the new lab in the Bronx in the coming months.
View the official NY DOB Memo.