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Progress on World Trade Center site 17 years after 9/11 September 12, 2018
Seventeen years after the World Trade Center attacks, a lot of progress has been made to rebuild the complex. The observatory atop the 1,776-foot-high One World Trade Center opened in 2015, and multiple projects on or close to the site, such as the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, are either nearing construction or have been completed. Curbed (9/11)
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Commercial development soars in Rockaways September 12, 2018
New ferry service and past storm recovery efforts have catalyzed a surge of development in the Rockaways that's spurred what is believed to be record growth in the area's transformed real estate market. Of particular note is a mixed-use development on Beach 116th Street that broke ground on the first of two buildings earlier this year. The Commercial Observer (New York City) (9/11)
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Governors Island public meeting planned this month September 12, 2018
Change is coming to forlorn Governors Island, spurred by the addition of parkland that's drawing thousands of visitors. The first public hearing about rezoning 33 acres is slated for this month, although officials won't vote on a plan until fall 2019. Curbed (9/6)
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Photos: $1.6B repurposing underway of historical NYC post office September 12, 2018
Construction started last year on the $1.6 billion transformation of the historical James A. Farley Post Office in New York City into a transit hub. Historical elements will be preserved, and work on the Moynihan Train Hall is expected to be completed in 2020. Curbed (9/7)
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New supply won't lessen demand for NYC-area apartments September 12, 2018
More than 60,000 apartment units are under construction in metropolitan New York, and despite increasing concessions from landlords, the strong demand for rentals in the region is expected to continue. Low interest rates and an uncertain global environment continue to support the high valuations of these properties. CoStar Group (9/5)
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Innovation & Technology
Purdue researcher advancing construction through AI September 12, 2018
A robotic system that installs rebar for concrete and software that compares a building's design to local building codes are among the advances in the construction field at Purdue University. "We've developed new technology in our domain to help with productivity, safety, quality and cost of the products," construction management technology professor Jiansong Zhang says. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Science (9/10)
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Policy Watch
Trump hints at additional tariffs on $267B of Chinese products September 12, 2018
President Donald Trump said Friday that he's considering tariffs on an additional $267 billion worth of Chinese goods, with China saying it would retaliate with its own tariffs. China's imports from the US increased by more than 11% last month. ABC News (9/10)
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Carpenters & Contractors in the News
INSTALL contractor overcomes obstacles in VA flooring project September 12, 2018
INSTALL contractor NuVeterans Construction Services was tasked with the challenge of installing 13,000 square feet of new flooring at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital's Blind Rehabilitation Center while ensuring the center could remain 100% operational. NuVeterans was able to overcome problems with material, installation and moisture to give the facility a floor with a decadeslong life span. Floor Covering Weekly (8/30)
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Union Carpenters and Contractors Are Building New York's Best September 12, 2018
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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Searchable Contractor Directory September 12, 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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80 Flatbush project downscaling proposed September 5, 2018
The two-tower 80 Flatbush project by Alloy Development is larger than allowed under zoning restrictions, but even New York City Council Member Stephen Levin's proposal to cut the development by 33% would still leave it at nearly double the permitted size. The initial proposal includes 986-foot and 561-foot towers to feature 900 apartments and 200,000 square feet of office space, along with two schools. The Bridge (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (9/4)
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Hudson Yards causing Manhattan tenant shuffling September 5, 2018
Surging office space construction in Manhattan is leading tenants to move from one location to another, leaving landlords with inconvenient vacancies. Hudson Yards, the largest private real estate development in US history, has been seen as a catalyst of the problem. CoStar Group (8/29)
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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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Building New York's Best - Architectural Woodwork and Cabinetry
Take a look at this video that highlights how cabinetmakers and woodworkers of Local Union 2790 and contractors that employ them bring superior skill and artistry to commercial, residential, institutional and retail interiors. They fabricate and install both decorative and functional elements of design specifications including trim and molding, cabinetry, ceiling treatments, doors, windows, exposed columns and beams, displays, mantels, and staircases.
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Building New York's Best - Hoisting and Scaffolding
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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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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