Mixed Use Property Condition Assessment

New York Life Building

New York Life Building

A Mixed Use Property Condition Assessment

The Property

CBC was honored to evaluate this historic New York Life Building.  On the list of the National Register of Historic Places, this building was vacated in 1988 and restored in 1996. Below is a snippet of the site’s history:

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the New York Life Building is a high-rise, ten-story brick and brownstone tower. It is known as Kansas City’s first skyscraper; built in 1890, it’s the first building in Kansas City equipped with elevators. Commissioned by the New York Life Insurance Company, which earlier built an identical building in Omaha, this historic commercial building shares its name with several buildings around the globe.

Highlighted Findings

Another challenging project, the New York Life Building’s age, along with its vacant state, provided numerous opportunities for CBC’s professionals to discover physical defects in need of repair at the time of the walk through survey.  The client, well aware that the project would need renovations, desired a better understanding of the requirements needed to preserve this historic building.

Project Highlights

A crack in the statue was reported. A specialist from NH would need to be dispatched to remedy the historic piece.
Water intrusion at the masonry beam carrying the 2-ton eagle sculpture. Efflorescence indicates an issue that needed to be addressed in the near term.
The marble treads of the staircase have wear.
Location of a cast iron waste pipe break. The resulting flooding created water damage and mold.

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