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Construction begins on NYC police station July 11, 2018
Construction has begun on a 42,000-square-foot police station for the 40th Precinct in New York City, more than 24 months after the project was announced. The Bjarke Ingels Group-designed building will cost $68 million and is expected to be completed by 2021. Curbed (7/10)
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Questions raised over Union Square tech hub July 11, 2018
Public opinion appeared to be split at a City Council hearing on a proposal for a tech training center at Union Square. Opponents said they would support the RAL Development project if it were accompanied by protections for the surrounding area, including Third and Fourth avenues. Curbed (7/10)
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Delay granted for comment on Two Bridges development July 11, 2018
The New York City Planning Commission has moved to October a hearing for public comment on three massive developments in Two Bridges on the Lower East Side. Elected officials and community groups had called for additional time to review a 700-page draft environmental impact statement that was released a few days before the originally scheduled June meeting. City Limits (New York City) (7/11)
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$7.9B project to overhaul LaGuardia underway July 11, 2018
A $7.9 billion project to replace three aging terminals at LaGuardia Airport in New York City is underway, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is coordinating the work. Construction must take place at night to avoid interfering with flights. Engineering News-Record (7/10)
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7 developments offer clues to real estate future July 11, 2018
Daniel Geiger and Joe Anuta look at how seven developments in New York City could provide insights into the future of the city's real estate market. The projects are 2 Manhattan West, 25 Kent Ave., 425 Park Ave., 2505 Bruckner Blvd., Red Hoek Point, 40 10th Ave. and Tangram. Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (7/9)
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Innovation & Technology
Design-build becoming more popular in US July 11, 2018
The Lean Construction Institute says design-bid-build is the most common model for construction projects in the US, but nearly half of projects by 2021 will be design-build. Owners are looking at design-build and other delivery methods to reduce costs. Construction Dive (7/9)
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Innovation & Technology
Autodesk purchases Assemble Systems startup July 11, 2018
Autodesk is purchasing construction software startup Assemble Systems. Autodesk will merge its BIM 360 project management platform with the Assemble Systems' SaaS platform. ZDNet (7/9)
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Policy Watch
Federal council claims $1B in savings through expedited processes July 11, 2018
The Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council says it has helped save $1 billion by reducing delays since it was created in 2015. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who co-created the council, says it is a "win-win all the way around" that helps reduces taxpayer expense while expediting project completion. Engineering News-Record (7/9)
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US threatens tariff on $200B more in Chinese products July 11, 2018
The Trump administration plans to impose a 10% tariff on an additional $200 billion in Chinese goods after a two-month review. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer says China has been unresponsive to urging by the US to "stop its unfair practices, open its market and engage in true market competition." CNBC (7/10)
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Corps of Engineers set to discuss N.Y. storm protection ideas July 11, 2018
The Army Corps of Engineers is holding public meetings to discuss potential projects to reduce damage to New York from storms like Superstorm Sandy. One of six proposals is a storm barrier at the mouth of New York Harbor, but environmental groups and some political leaders have expressed concerns about the project. The Associated Press (7/6)
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Upstate-based Associated Builders and Contractors Empire State Chapter has few contractors, MWBEs and training programs in the NYC metro area July 11, 2018
According to a new report by Rochester Research Associates, the upstate-based Associated Builders and Contractors Empire State Chapter has few contractors, MWBEs and training programs in the NYC metro area, which calls into question its qualifications on policy concerns in NYC construction. With the need to address major issues such as mass transit infrastructure, MWBEs, and safety training, it is important that those with actual experience and expertise in NYC construction lead the discussion.
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Apprenticeship Training July 11, 2018
We're proud of the partnership between union carpenters and contractors that provides apprenticeship training and employment to 1,500 new carpenters in New York City's construction industry. We work with Building Works, Construction Skills, Nontraditional Employment for Women, and Helmets to Hardhats to promote real opportunity for local residents, minorities, women, and veterans who are the future of the industry and the foundation of strong communities.
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The Limited Record of the Associated Builders and Contractors in New York City Metropolitan Region Construction, MWBE Development, and Workforce Training
According to a new report by Rochester Research Associates, the upstate-based Associated Builders and Contractors Empire State Chapter has few contractors, MWBEs and training programs in the NYC metro area, which calls into question its qualifications on policy concerns in NYC construction. With the need to address major issues such as mass transit infrastructure, MWBEs, and safety training, it is important that those with actual experience and expertise in NYC construction lead the discussion.
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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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