O&N - Kaiserman Company collaborate on first Philadelphia Facade Ordinance Review

Top Quote Philadelphia's Fašade Ordinance covers buildings six stories or more in height, all buildings with appurtenances in excess of sixty feet in height and certain other structures to be determined. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 29, 2010 - (Philadelphia, PA) The new Philadelphia Fašade Ordinance reviews have begun for older buildings, as a June 30th, 2011 deadline looms for first inspections for structures built on or prior to 1950.

    Philadelphia's Fašade Ordinance covers buildings six stories or more in height, all buildings with appurtenances in excess of sixty feet in height and certain other structures to be determined.

    O'Donnell & Naccarato engineers, with over 150 combined years of experience in fašade engineering, have reviewed over 25 buildings since the Fašade Ordinance was enacted.

    One of the first firms to step up to the Fašade Ordinance plate was Kaiserman Company, Inc., owner of The Bourse, one of Philadelphia's great historic sites, home of the first commodities exchange in America. Adjacent to Independence Hall and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Bourse was built in 1895, one of the first steel-framed buildings in America. The fašade of The Bourse consists of Carlisle redstone, Pompeian buff brick and terra cotta enclosing a courtyard with bow-top girders supporting a third-floor skylight.

    O&N was engaged early on by Kaiserman to facilitate the Fašade Ordinance mandated review as part of a proactive building maintenance program instituted by Kaiserman to protect this important historic and business site.
    Far from seeing the new Fašade Ordinance as a punitive piece of regulation, the Kaiserman Company embraced the new Fašade Ordinance as a forward-looking regimen of preventative maintenance which will discover and remedy fašade issues long before they become problematic or develop into structural integrity issues. This truly embodies the spirit of the Fašade Ordinance as envisioned by the crafters of the legislation, which included the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) and the Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers (DVASE), as well as city personnel and O&N fašade engineering experts in a consultant capacity.

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