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JPMorgan Chase HQ could be NYC's third-tallest building by roof height October 16, 2019
Early renderings of the new JPMorgan Chase headquarters at 270 Park Ave. indicate a height of 1,425 feet, which would make it the third-tallest building by roof height in the city. The structure will create about 2.5 million gross square feet of new space. New York YIMBY (10/14)
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Phipps reconfigures plans for Barnett Ave. October 16, 2019
Phipps Houses now plans a mixed-use building at 50-25 Barnett Ave. to include 164 residential units. The rezoning plan comes three years after Phipps' original proposal, which generated stiff community opposition. Sunnyside Post (Queens, N.Y.) (10/11)
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Community outreach chief named for Anabel Basin project October 16, 2019
Former LaGuardia Community College President Gail Mellow has been tapped to lead community engagement and workforce development for a multi-developer project in Anabel Basin. Plans have yet to take form for the 28-acre site that Amazon abandoned for its HQ2, but the goal is to create a vibrant waterfront community. Queens Chronicle (N.Y.) (10/14)
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Gowanus board favors work space idea for Old American Can Factory October 16, 2019
Plans to redevelop The Old American Can Factory in Gowanus to provide more space for creatives have advanced with approval by Community Board 6. The work space plans would involve three of six buildings, while the three others are being considered for landmark status. Bklyner (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (10/11)
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Innovation & Technology
AI provides complete view of construction sites October 16, 2019
A product making waves in the construction industry lets builders attach small cameras to hard hats to capture images needed to produce a 3D representation of a construction site, similar to Google Street View. The product uses artificial intelligence to knit images into a coherent whole. Construction Dive (10/9)
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Innovation & Technology
Wearable tech helps construction firms stay safe October 16, 2019
Wearable technology enhances safety in construction and is poised for greater adoption as it proves its worth in the field, says Nancy Greenwald, executive director of the Construction Institute at the University of Hartford. Exoskeletons ease the strain of lifting and moving heavy loads, while clip-on devices recognize when and where falls occur. Hartford Business Journal (Conn.) (10/14)
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Policy Watch
Senate bill promotes hiring local for infrastructure October 16, 2019
Improved wages and labor rules are the goal of a bill introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., that promotes hiring locals and considering community input on federally funded infrastructure projects. Projects covered under the bill "would help ensure higher-quality job opportunities and help strengthen unions, wage protections, labor standards and workers' rights," Gillibrand said. Transportation Today (10/15)
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White House might revamp infrastructure permitting October 16, 2019
The Trump administration is considering a change in protocol that could expedite environmental permitting for infrastructure projects. The proposal faces opposition from environmentalists who fear the result could weaken the National Environmental Policy Act. Bloomberg Environment (free content) (10/15)
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Column: How contractors can brace for recession October 16, 2019
Expansion Capital Group's Tim Mages reviews ways contractors can prepare for a potential recession, including keeping an ample supply of cash, evaluating the market position of suppliers and finding ways to do more with less. Construction Business Owner (10/14)
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Union carpenters and contractors are prioritizing safety October 16, 2019
Union carpenters and contractors in New York provide ongoing safety training and enforce safety standards on the job. That means safer workers, and a safer city for all of us.
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Searchable contractor directory October 16, 2019
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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MoMa expansion required an "engineering miracle" October 9, 2019
The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan is expected to reopen Oct. 21 following a $450 million expansion. Each of the building's columns weighs 80 tons, according to MoMa Director Glenn Lowry, so the project team had to pull off an "engineering miracle" to get the floors to support the weight. CBS News (10/6)
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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 - Spotlight on Union Carpenters and MWBE Contractors
Infinity Contracting is a union MWBE affiliated with the NYC District Council of Carpenters and the Building Contractors Association. This project is built through a DASNY PLA with 100% union labor.
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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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ICSC New York Deal Making Expo at the Javits Center
The ICSC New York Deal Making Expo is the largest retail real estate event on the East Coast, welcoming over 10,000 attendees and 530 vendors to the three-day event! See how union carpenters from the New York City District Council of Carpenters and union contractors played a critical role in bringing the expo to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
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Dockbuilders, Pile Drivers, & Marine Divers
Above ground, under ground, and even under water, union dockbuilders, pile drivers, marine divers, and the contractors that employ them bring strong foundations to structures throughout New York’s skyline, infrastructure, and waterways. Check out this short video highlighting the union training and skills that are crucial to both a project’s success and the safety of workers.
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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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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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