Embattled Architect Fined for Failing to Inspect SItes

Yes, that embattled architect.

The case deals with a partial wall collapse at 602 Driggs and the adjacent construction site at 170 North 5th. The west side wall of 602 has been braced for some time now, and the owner of the property says that it will cost $800,000 to fix it. Someone’s insurance will cover that, but it will take a long to straighten that out.

The contractor who undermined the wall (and presumably wasn’t following plans) probably bears the most responsibility, but still this little tidbit is pretty disturbing:

[The case is] part of a year-long crackdown by Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri on architects and engineers who flout city regulations. Previously, architects and engineers were not issued violations, officials said.