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Senior Architect Joins First-Ever Waterfront Code Committee in New York

Aug 22, 2023
Michael Nicoletta

Michael Nicoletta, AIA, senior architect at STV, was recently selected to serve on the New York City Department of Building’s (DOB) newly established Waterfront Code Technical Committee.

In recognition of the ongoing and significant impact all development along the city’s waterfront has on New York’s larger built environment, DOB recently formed this new committee to develop, adopt, and implement a code specifically for waterfront construction. This new code will standardize design, construction, and maintenance requirements for non-building typologies on waterfront property, such as coastal structures, retaining structures, elevated platforms, floating elements, and protective structures. Buildings on waterfront property will continue to be governed by the NYC Building Code. Nicoletta will participate on the Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection sub-committee, commencing later this summer.

“It is an honor to be invited to participate in the development of New York City’s first-ever Waterfront Code, and to be recognized for my expertise and experience participating on past DOB Code Rewrite Committees,” Nicoletta said. “I look forward to contributing to this important process and representing STV.”

Nicoletta is an architect with specialized expertise in code compliance and fire and life safety. He has more than 35 years of experience supporting the design of new and rehabilitated transportation, educational, commercial, cultural, residential, and institutional facilities. He has managed the fire and life safety systems design of prominent infrastructure projects in the New York Metropolitan area, including the World Trade Center Transportation Hub and the Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal A.

Nicoletta is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has previously served on the AIA New York Chapter’s Code Committee, Justice Committee, and Educational Committee.

He was also recently selected Vice Chair of the Use, Occupancy Classification and Egress Technical Committee for the upcoming New York City Existing Building Code revision cycle.