Task force formed to create safer building codes in wake of Edgewater apartment fire

The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects created a special task force in order to educate legislators in how to prevent a

A task force was formed to create safer building codes in the wake of the 2015 Edgewater apartment fire.

A task force was formed to create safer building codes in the wake of the 2015 Edgewater apartment fire. (5/25/16)

EDGEWATER - The New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects created a special task force in order to educate legislators in how to prevent a devastating fire.

The task force was formed after several bills proposed in the aftermath of the Edgewater Avalon fire failed to pass.

“There was a lot of misinformation that was getting thrown around,” says AIA New Jersey President Justin Mihalik.

The task force’s first recommendation is to require certain walls to be fire-rated and then marked properly so crews will know to be extra cautious around them.  The second is to require sprinklers in ceilings and crawl spaces.

Mihalik does admit that the sprinkler requirement will come with an increased cost.

“When we consider a cost to add in terms of a life safety measure and even a resiliency measure…you have a better chance of saving the structure of the building,” he says.

The AIA also suggests that New Jersey adopt a rule that construction projects use a third-party inspector that can be used throughout the process of building a new structure. New York City has a similar rule.  

"Construction is complex.  It is easy to miss certain things, and having a second set of eyes is something that can be a benefit,” Mihalik says.

Mihalik also says that the answer to safer buildings is to update buildings codes and not an overhauling bill.

The Avalon company says that although it is not currently required, all of their new buildings will have additional fire sprinklers and will use masonry walls.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Preview of PNC Art Center's summer shows 1 VIDEO: Preview of PNC Art Center's summer shows
Connor Mills is today's Scholar Athlete. 2 Scholar Athlete - Connor Mills
87-year-old Inge Goldstein poses with a sign she 3 Women's March event to be held in Pompton Plains
The Jewish community center in Edison was evacuated 4 JCC in Edison temporarily evacuated after bomb threat
5 New Jersey Sportscast, Jan. 18

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Avalon at Edgewater apartment site remains mostly untouched Edgewater apartment fire site sits untouched 1 year later

It has been one year since a massive fire destroyed the Avalon apartment complex in

New Jersey firefighters want tougher fire codes New Jersey firefighters want tougher fire codes

Firefighters in New Jersey are calling for tougher fire codes in the wake of a

Demolition has begun on the Avalon at Edgewater Demolition begins on Edgewater apartment complex

Demolition crews have begun to knock down the remains of the Avalon at Edgewater apartment

A report says no employee of the Avalon Report: No employees called 911 to report Edgewater fire

The maintenance workers blamed for sparking the fire at the Avalon at Edgewater apartment complex

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE