Project #58261 - Facilities and Construction

The following is a real life example of an issue experienced by a personal contact, which I believe brings up important questions for Facilities and Construction Managers. For this assignment, please read the below description of the problem at hand, as well as the accompanying article (attached in PDF form), and write a brief response paper in which you suggest a solution to the problem presented. Choose one of the following 3 options:

1. Write from the perspective of the owner of the woodworking facility, and describe how you will deal with the problem.

2. Write from the perspective of the property developer/owner and explain why you made the choices/offered the options you did.

3. Write from the perspective of an outside observer, and take a stand on the “right thing to do.”

In the rapidly developing neighborhood of Bed­Stuy, in Brooklyn, Peter owns a small (two story) warehouse that is used as a woodworking facility. The space is shared by several small business owners who each rent space for producing various types of high­end carpentry projects, so it is both Peter’s place of business, and a property of which he is a landlord.

In an adjacent lot, which has been, until now, largely undeveloped, the owners are currently preparing to build a residential structure. One day when Peter arrived at work, he realized that due to excavation in the lot adjacent to his building, the brick on the future party wall was damaged. He approached the construction crew to discuss the damage, but they declined to answer any questions about the mishap. It also became clear that there was no permit for the crew to use heavy machinery, and the only permit that had been granted was for hand work. Following a call to the Department of Buildings, Peter discovered that due to the damage, he would have to spend $20,000 to erect a scaffolding and was ticketed for his newly unsafe facade. He would also have to attend several hearings at the DOB.

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A few days after the incident, Peter was approached by the owner of the lot, who is part of a mid­sized real estate development company. The owner apologized for the damage, and offered to pay for the scaffolding and any damage caused by the excavation. He also made a proposal to Peter: in addition to remedying the damage, he would offer to pay Peter’s electrical bill for one year, if he could use Peter’s electrical infrastructure rather than use a generator during construction. He also told Peter that he would attend all hearings at the Department of Buildings on his behalf.

As a reminder: you are to read the above blurb, the attached PDF concerning party walls, and choose a perspective from which to address the problem.

The paper should be brief, 2 pages. Do your best to convince your reader that the solution/stance you have chosen on the issue is the correct one. In other words, besides showing critical thinking skills and knowledge of ethics in facilities management, the paper should be persuasive, and convince your reader of whatever argument you make.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 02/18/2015 06:00 pm
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