The Final Review

Victor Polanco

I supervise projects in New York City, ensuring all the permits and building codes are accurate and up to date. I have worked in the industry for over 14 years and it is the satisfaction of our clients that make me love what I do.
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Posts by Victor Polanco

Car Bans, Congestion Pricing Plans Target City Traffic

Jan 26, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Transportation researcher Anthony Downs introduced his traffic equilibrium theory, the Law of Peak-Hour Expressway Congestion (Law), in a 1962 paper. Citing that “on urban commuter expressways, peak-hour traffic congestion rises to meet maximum capacity", the Law is applied to urban roads as whole: no matter if a road is widened or additional lanes are “built in and around American cities, you can’t stop cars from jamming them up.” image by Daryan Shamkhali


Urbanism Strategies for Walkable and Resilient Cities

Aug 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Across the country, cities of all sizes grapple with balancing planning for sustainable and resilient futures, preserving historic character, and meeting increased demands for walkable neighborhoods, easy access to transportation, and continuing interest in urban living. Strategies for addressing housing shortages, the need for affordable housing, and resilient and sustainable development vary from municipality to municipality and in this post, we’ll be highlighting some of the ways U.S. cities have been addressing the changing needs of their residents and population growth.

 image credit: Andrew Gook


Burnham Helps the Show Go On at Lincoln Center

Aug 3, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Burnham is managing the process of issuing a Final Certificate of Occupancy (CO) for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (Lincoln Center), a 16.3-acre complex of buildings in Manhattan in New York City. A Certificate of Occupancy establishes the legal occupancy limits and allowable use of a building. All buildings require a CO and existing buildings are required to get a new or amended CO when construction will change their use, egress or type of occupancy. Additionally, no one may legally occupy a building until the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) has issued a CO or Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO).


4 Common New York City Building Code Violations and How to Remove Them

Mar 4, 2016 9:00:00 AM

In New York City, public safety is of the utmost concern. With more than one million buildings in the Big Apple, it is imperative for these structures to adhere to safety regulations and laws that are set forth by the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB). This year the DOB even released an Industry Code of Conduct to better foster “integrity in the construction industry, and recently Mayor de Blasio announced that penalties for serious construction safety mishaps are increasing dramatically.