The New York City Department of Design and Construction is now managing the majority of capital construction for the Department of Sanitation and the Department of Parks. DDC spokesperson John Ryan Martine confirmed that the agency is now officially responsible, adding that the shift was in response to a request from City Hall to facilitate consolidation. The DDC already works closely with both departments. For example, DDC will be responsible for the design and renovation of Tavern on the Green. Recently, Sanitation ceded responsibility to DDC for construction of its controversial garage at Spring Street designed by Dattner and WXY.
“This means that for Parks, we will manage the design and construction of their comfort stations (bathrooms) and other buildings such as pool houses and storage facilities,” Martine said in an email. “For Sanitation, we will manage the design and construction for things such as sheds, storage facilities, garages, plants, etc.” Martine added that when appropriate DDC would use in-house architects from the agency’s Design and Construction Excellence program, but that would be determined on per project basis.
The change jibes with similar consolidation efforts dealing with construction throughout the administration. In his State of the City Speech, Mayor Bloomberg outlined a plan to streamline the inspection process for buildings. Similarly, last summer, a pilot program from the DOB brought together a half dozen agencies under one roof to process architects’ applications and plans.
Martin noted that since the DDC’s inception in 1996 the plan was always to consolidate the design and construction efforts to help various departments focus on their mission.