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NYC racetrack redevelopment plans would create thousands of construction jobs December 13, 2017
A 26,000-seat soccer stadium and an 18,000-seat hockey arena, each with accompanying retail and entertainment space, have been proposed for Belmont Park in New York City and could create 4,500 and 5,500 construction jobs, respectively. The Empire State Development Corp. will select one of the two proposals in the next few months. New York Post (12/10)
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Plans for Bronx mixed-use development expanded December 13, 2017
Azimuth Development Group is upping the planned units for 1755 Watson Ave. in Soundview in the Bronx to 326 from the original 250. The nine-story project will include nearly 283,000 square feet of residential, commercial and community space. The Real Deal magazine (New York City) (12/2017)
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Port Authority allocates $1B-plus for airport renovations December 13, 2017
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey approved an $8 billion budget for 2018, including more than $1 billion to renovate airports run by the agency. LaGuardia Airport's redevelopment will get $578 million for the year, while Newark Liberty International Airport's will get $167 million. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/7)
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Halcyon adds 3rd building to Greenpoint project December 13, 2017
A 33-story tower is the latest addition to Halcyon Management's plans for what is now a three-building waterfront residential complex in Brooklyn's Greenpoint. The new structure will hold 366,608 square feet of space and 410 apartments. The Real Deal online (New York City) (12/5)
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Innovation & Technology
Wearable technology could reduce injury claims in construction December 13, 2017
Insurance companies see wearable technology as way to reduce injury claims, which can reduce construction costs. If "you can mitigate the incidents that have already happened or prevent incidents that have not happened, then you're going to see claims go down," according to a recent report by McKinsey & Co. Insurance Business America online (12/11)
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Innovation & Technology
Opinion: Let's rethink risk modeling for big projects December 13, 2017
Project management theory developed when construction projects followed the lines of an industrial model are a poor fit for today's largest projects, consultant Robert Prieto writes. What's needed is a new framework that, among other things, consistently communicates changes in desired outcomes and includes risk models that fully account for what are perceived as low-probability risks. Engineering News-Record (12/7)
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Company designing robots to work on construction sites December 13, 2017
Gramazio Kohler Research plans to design specialized robots to help automate some construction jobs. Each robot would be created for a particular task, such as stacking materials in nonstandard formations. Construction Dive (12/6)
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Policy Watch
Trump administration to begin infrastructure push in Jan. December 13, 2017
Trump administration officials are finalizing a plan that would allocate $200 billion or more to spur investment in a $1 trillion infrastructure package, and they could push toward adoption of a plan in January. There appears to be support for infrastructure spending among many groups, but many in Congress are not in favor of increased spending on infrastructure. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/10)
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CCA Metro News
Spotlight on interior systems and wall-ceiling carpenters and contractors December 13, 2017
Watch our latest video. 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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CCA Metro wins 2017 Construction Marketing STAR Awards December 13, 2017
CCA Metro was recently recognized by the Construction Marketing Association annual STAR Awards for marketing excellence in the construction industry. CCA Metro was the recipient of the 2017 SUPERSTAR Award for their Advertising Outdoor campaign and was also recognized with the 2017 STAR Award for Digital Marketing for a Website/Association. Explore our award-winning website.
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SmartBrief Terms of Use and Privacy Policy December 13, 2017
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Tax overhaul could curtail affordable housing construction December 6, 2017
The potential elimination of private activity bonds and tax credits in the tax plan before Congress has municipalities and government agencies concerned about the effect on the construction of affordable housing. A project in Portland, Ore., is expected to break ground in January, and the uncertainty has already increased the project's cost by $1 million. U.S. News & World Report (12/5)
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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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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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