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$19B proposed for subway improvements May 23, 2018
Implementing a comprehensive plan to improve New York City's subway and related transportation facilities could end up costing more than $19 billion, sources said. A key element of the plan is to accelerate the installation of a new signaling system, they said. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/22)
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Affordable housing surge avoids parts of Bronx May 23, 2018
The Bronx's most northern and eastern neighborhoods missed out entirely on 4,300 subsidized housing units planned in the borough last year, the largest number since 2009. Higher property values, zoning and less vacant land are cited as inhibiting factors. amNewYork (5/21)
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Group pushes for extensive landmarks along Gowanus Canal May 23, 2018
The Gowanus Landmarking Coalition is campaigning for city landmark status for many sites along the Gowanus Canal. Preserving industrial heritage is the concern amid what is expected to be a flood of development proposals in the area despite heavy pollution in the canal. Brooklyn Daily Eagle (N.Y.) (5/23)
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NYC hospital project seeks to change patient experience May 23, 2018
New York-Presbyterian Hospital is building a $1.3 billion, 17-story ambulatory care center to transform the patient and staff experience. "Establishing our design priorities at the outset -- to use the full floor plate in order to achieve the clinical design we needed -- drove our approach," said Erin Nunes Cooper, senior project manager at design firm Ballinger. Engineering News-Record (5/16)
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NYC underpasses seen as golden space opportunity May 23, 2018
New York City's many underpasses present 70 million square feet of precious space that could be put to good use, the Design Trust for Public Space argues. Citing examples in other cities, the organization says the spaces under bridges, rail tracks and highways could serve as miniature parks, walkways and crossings and other types of areas inviting to pedestrians. Curbed (5/18)
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Innovation & Technology
Cloud-based apps can benefit small construction companies May 23, 2018
Cloud-based apps have made technology available to smaller construction companies, and they give firms the ability to transfer data from different locations. The industry as a whole, however, has resisted change, and many firms still have not taken advantage of new technology. Construction Dive (5/21)
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Innovation & Technology
Construction industry slowly integrating automation May 23, 2018
The construction industry has too many variables to completely replace labor with machines, but companies are starting to integrate automation into the construction process. An example is Clark Construction's use of a brick-laying robot in building a school. U.S. News & World Report (5/21)
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Innovation & Technology
iPads, other digital tools produce big savings for construction industry May 23, 2018
The construction industry is the second-least digitized sector, according to a 2017 McKinsey & Co. study of US industries, creating opportunities for it to embrace digital tools. Dallas-based construction firm Rogers-O'Brien, for example, reports the use of iPads on job sites saves it $1.8 million and 55,000 hours annually. Construction Dive (5/16)
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Policy Watch
House committee approves infrastructure funding bill May 23, 2018
The 2019 fiscal year Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill has cleared the House Appropriations Committee. The bill provides funding for airports, roads, bridges and rail construction, and it recommends allocating $71.8 billion for discretionary spending. Roads & Bridges online (5/21)
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CCA Metro News
Spotlight on Hoisting and Scaffolding May 23, 2018
Take a look at this short video highlighting the contractors of the Hoisting and Scaffolding Trade Association - HASTA - and the Timbermen of Local Union 1556. Together, they build, erect and dismantle material and personnel hoists, scaffolding, sidewalk bridges and more on NYC's most challenging construction projects.
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Searchable Contractor Directory May 23, 2018
Visit our searchable directory of union carpentry contractors in the New York City metropolitan area. It includes listings of 14 contractor associations and their members, contractors that have union agreements independently or with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, and contractors certified as MWBEs. General building, concrete, wall and ceiling, millwrights, heavy construction, dockbuilders and timbermen, floor coverers, woodwork and cabinetry and more - it's all in one place.
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Coney Island the next big venue for development May 16, 2018
Big plans are afoot to change the very character of sleepy Coney Island. Developers are drawn by the cheaper land, and renters are showing a new willingness to engage in longer commutes. Bisnow (5/14)
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New York’s Prevailing Wage Law - A cost-benefit analysis
The Economic Policy Institute’s analysis of peer-reviewed research shows how prevailing wage laws (1) promote cost-effective quality and safety on taxpayer-funded construction projects, (2) stimulate economic growth and higher tax revenue, and (3) reduce poverty and reliance on public healthcare and assistance programs.

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Healthy City: Inside New York City's Hospital Building Boom
New York City's large hospital systems are making major capital investments not only to modernize their facilities but to transform how they deliver healthcare. This New York Building Congress report details how they are an important factor in NYC's construction and overall economy.
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The Economic, Fiscal, and Social Effects of Ohio’s Prevailing Wage Law
76% of peer-reviewed economic research shows that prevailing wages do not increase public construction costs. Here is more research from Ohio that reaches the same conclusion.
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Union Construction workers diversify
NYC union construction has become significantly more racially diverse in the past two decades.
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LU 740 Millwrights at the New York Proton Therapy Center
The New York City Proton Therapy Center will be the first and only specialized treatment facility in the state of New York. Learn how members of Millwright Local Union 740 are working with Bay Crane and Varian Medical Systems to go above and beyond in Building New York’s Best!
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Building New York's Best - Resilient Floor Covering
Union floor covering carpenters and contractors are trained to meet the specifications of your project and the flooring product’s manufacturer. Because every flooring project should be installed with Quality and Performance to Stand On. Union carpenters and contractors are Building New York’s Best!
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Building New York's Best - Interior Systems, Wall & Ceiling carpenters and contractors
Union carpenters performed 10 million hours of work last year for interior systems and wall-ceiling contractors in New York City, bringing the highest quality to new building interiors and renovations for commercial, residential and institutional projects. These skilled professionals engage in general carpentry, gypsum drywall, acoustical ceilings, framing, finish carpentry, furniture installation, and more. Union carpenters and contractors are Building New York’s Best!
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Union Carpenters and Contractors Are Building New York’s Best
Take a look at this short video highlighting union carpenters and contractors who are building the best in residential, institutional, commercial, transportation and infrastructure. Build with Quality. Build with Safety. Build with Confidence.
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Building New York's Best - Reinforced Concrete Superstructures
Take a look at this short video introducing you to Local Union 212 and their affiliated contractors who build concrete superstructures. In the last five years, they have completed more than 50 million square feet of cast in place reinforced concrete superstructures. Their intensive knowledge of formwork systems allows for the most cost-effective construction on the market.
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Building New York's Best Trade Shows, Conventions and Exhibitions
Take a look at this short video introducing you to union trade show carpenters and contractors. These skilled professionals erect prefabricated exhibits and build custom exhibits for trade shows at the Javits Center, area hotels and other venues. They engage in floor layout, pipe and drape work, carpeting, booth maintenance, and rigging of signs for exhibits. The Javits Center is the busiest convention center in the U.S. It hosts 175+ events a year and generates $2 billion of economic activity. Union trade show carpenters and contractors make it possible.
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Building New York's Best - Millwright and Machinery Erectors
Call on millwrights from Local Union 740 and their contractors to deliver precision and productivity to every job. Put the best millwrights in New York to work on your next project.
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Building New York's Best - Transportation Infrastructure for the 21st Century
Meet some of the union carpenters and contractors who are rebuilding the Kosciuszko Bridge and LaGuardia Airport. They have the training, skill, and experience to work safely and deliver the highest quality on projects bringing our transportation infrastructure into the 21st century.
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Building New York's Best - Starts with Training
The Carpenters Training Center is jointly sponsored by union carpenters and contractors to provide members with the training needed to bring the highest level of skill and safety to projects throughout the New York City metropolitan area.
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