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NYC polishes bid for Amazon HQ October 11, 2017
A group of city and state agencies are winding up their pitch for Amazon to locate its second planned headquarters in New York City. Amazon is seeking 500,000 square feet of space by 2019 with an eventual goal of 8 million square feet. 6sqft (New York City) (10/6)
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Merit seen in accelerated bus terminal October 11, 2017
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is combining environmental review and preliminary engineering into one contract to accelerate plans for a new, more capacious Port Authority Bus Terminal. As a result, construction could commence as early as 2020, something that two New Jersey lawmakers approve while also advocating a "build in place" option. NorthJersey (Woodland Park, N.J.) (free registration) (10/9)
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Advocates of storm barriers revive concerns on 5-year Sandy anniversary October 11, 2017
A Sandy-like inundation is possible again in the New York City area if action isn't taken to construct barriers to block storm surges, advocates argue. They're making their case as the five-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/10)
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Board meeting on Jerome Ave. rezoning hears both sides October 11, 2017
A community board hearing on the proposed Jerome Avenue rezoning drew a large contingent of opponents urging outright rejection. On the other side of the issue, council member Vanessa Gibson said she may be able to obtain commitments to more affordable housing and community investments. City Limits (New York City) (10/5)
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Major lease deals brighten Manhattan office market October 11, 2017
Manhattan's office market is down to about a 10% vacancy rate after a string of major lease deals over the summer. Strengthening economic factors in the city underlie much of the improvement from a dismal outlook at the end of 2016. Bisnow (10/4)
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Innovation & Technology
NYC takes a broad view of becoming "smart city" October 11, 2017
New York City has ambitious plans for becoming a "smart city," with hopes of connecting all residents to a network that will provide them with next-generation services. The city's LinkNYC program, which turned phone booths into Wi-Fi hot spots, was an early step in this transformation. Light Reading (10/5)
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Construction companies prepare for winter challenges October 11, 2017
Safety is the top priority for construction firms as winter approaches, and Kim Slowey looks at some ways companies protect their workers. Construction industry professionals say bad weather needs to be integrated into the construction schedule, so planning is the key. Construction Dive (10/10)
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Report: Contractors worry lack of political progress affects construction market October 11, 2017
Many construction and design firm executives believe the industry will continue to grow through next year, but a survey shows they are less confident beyond that. They're concerned about a lack of political progress on infrastructure work. Engineering News-Record (10/3)
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Trump expects to revise tax-cut plan October 11, 2017
President Donald Trump said that in the next few weeks he will adjust his proposals for tax cuts, but he didn't offer specifics. Trump said his recent dispute with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., won't stand in the way of getting a tax-overhaul bill through Congress. Bloomberg (free registration) (10/10)
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Union carpenters and contractors are building New York's Best October 11, 2017
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 October 11, 2017
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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$500M Lincoln Center renovation scrapped October 4, 2017
A $500 million renovation of Geffen Hall at the Lincoln Center, home of the New York Philharmonic, has been scrapped, and the organizations are looking at simpler improvements. "There was a general sense that the project had just gotten too complicated," Debora Spar, the center's president, said. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/3)
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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 - 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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