Construction Case Study: ADA Compliance & Specialized Meter Placement


A project in Long Island City comprising 46 townhomes, arranged in three clusters, faced delays due to unfavorable determinations by the Department of Buildings (DOB) in two areas. The first issue was ADA compliance regarding the proposed setback, which, if not resolved, would require costly redesigns, reducing the number of units and/or square footage per unit, potentially halting the project. The second issue involved the placement of gas meters, with the DOB and ConEd requiring the meters to be installed inside each unit, contrary to community aesthetic preferences.


Cahill Strategies advocated tirelessly for the project, engaging with the local Community Board and neighbors to address the gas meter placement concerns. We proposed installing the meters on the exterior of the building with a semi-enclosure to prevent tampering while maintaining community aesthetics. Additionally, we worked with the DOB through numerous meetings over three weeks, referencing other projects as precedents to resolve the ADA compliance issue.


Cahill Strategies successfully collaborated with the NYC DOB, DOT, the local Community Board, neighbors, and ConEd to resolve both issues, allowing the project to proceed. The project is now three-quarters built and progressing well. We continue to consult for this client.

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Your Construction Solutions Team:

Diane Cahill
Diane CahillFounder and CEO
Diane Cahill is a seasoned government relations and communications strategist, with a focus on business and industry, construction, education and healthcare.
Kevin Moran
Kevin MoranVice President of Construction Solutions
Kevin has a proven track record of successfully guiding our clients’ projects through complicated building processes.
Robert D'Alessio
Robert D'AlessioDirector of Construction Code & Safety
Robert “Bobby” D’Alessio, is a former New York City Department of Buildings Senior Executive Director of Construction Safety. He served NYC DOB for over 30 years.
Bernie Ross
Bernie RossSenior Construction Safety Associate
Bernie Ross is a former New York City Department of Buildings Director of Construction Safety Enforcement. He served NYC DOB for over 21 years.
Charles Buynak
Charles Buynak Senior Construction Associate
Chuck is a veteran of the New York City construction industry. With 38 years experience working on major commercial, mixed-use and residential projects
Kristyn Kunzelman
Kristyn KunzelmanConstruction Associate
Kristyn has established herself as a strong asset to the firm, where she handles transmissions and resolves discrepancies between our clients and city/state regulation agencies and officials.