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Midtown Manhattan rezoning plan clears council August 16, 2017
The New York City Council has unanimously authorized a rezoning plan that allows more high-rise buildings in 78 blocks of midtown Manhattan. The measure is intended to inject life into what was once the heart of corporate activity. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/9)
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Tower planned for cleaned-up West Side site August 16, 2017
Silverstein Properties plans to build a 57-story tower and has obtained an $8 million tax credit for cleaning up the contaminated West Side site it has in mind. The mixed-use project would include 72 parking spaces. DNAInfo (8/15)
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Complex would add 240 affordable apartments in East New York August 16, 2017
Twenty four-story apartment buildings and one of 11 stories would make up a complex offering affordable housing in East New York. In all, 240 units would be added under the plan by the city and Monadnock Development. The Real Deal online (New York City) (8/14)
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East New Yorkers demand more input in development plans August 16, 2017
Plans for creating more office space around the Broadway Junction terminal drew a forceful response in the form of a mass gathering by East New York elected officials, residents and advocates. They were demanding a bigger voice in the redevelopment plans. City Limits (New York City) (8/11)
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Hudson River tunnel project looks to private sector for financing August 16, 2017
The Gateway Program Development Corporation, tasked with building the $24 billion rail tunnel underneath the Hudson River, has hired Francis Sacr, an expert in public-private financing who will oversee project financing. The agency is seeking ideas from private companies on ways to finance the project. Reuters (8/10)
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Innovation & Technology
Lego's recovery model a good lesson for construction August 16, 2017
The construction industry could take a page from Lego's book and noting how it recovered from a 1998 downturn by reaching outside its ranks and tapping fresh ideas from fans. In the case of construction, writes Lendlease's Neil Martin, the key resource for innovation is its clients. Construction News (U.K.) (8/16)
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Companies team up to create data collection wearable technology August 16, 2017
Triax Technologies and Procore have partnered to develop wearable technology that captures important data on a construction site. The technology will collect information on worker attendance, time on the job and safety. Construction Dive (8/9)
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Device taps smartphones for laser surveying August 16, 2017
The new Spike device from ikeGPS taps the smarts in Android and iOS phones to turn them into handy laser surveying instruments. The resulting device measures area, height, length and width and can trace an object's location from a photo. Engineering (8/16)
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Trump looks to speed infrastructure permitting August 16, 2017
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday with the aim of reducing the environmental permitting process for new infrastructure projects to two years. The administration proposes $200 billion in government funding over 10 years as part of a goal of getting $1 trillion in public and private infrastructure spending. Reuters (8/15)
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Building New York's Best ... Trade Shows, Conventions and Exhibitions August 16, 2017
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-plus events a year and generates $2 billion of economic activity. Union trade show carpenters and contractors make it possible.
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Our trades of work August 16, 2017
Union carpenters and contractors are present from start to finish in construction. Our trades of work include foundations and concrete, walls and ceilings, floor covering, woodwork and cabinets, millwrights, hoists and scaffolds, heavy construction, dockbuilders and timbermen, and trade shows. Learn more about our trades of work.
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Construction at LaGuardia begins new phase August 9, 2017
A groundbreaking ceremony at New York's LaGuardia Airport marked the last phase of a massive, multibillion-dollar overhaul. New renderings of Delta's 37-gate, $4 billion terminal were also released. Curbed (8/8)
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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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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 - 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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