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Union carpenters and contractors - trained for safety and infection control in healthcare facilities June 16, 2021
Healthcare construction, whether it involves renovations to occupied spaces or the development of new facilities, presents unique challenges and risks. Union carpenters and contractors are dedicated to partnering with healthcare professionals to ensure a safe environment for patients, staff and visitors. Our Infection Control Risk Assessment training program sets the industry standard. ICRA training is highly recommended for employees of contractors performing healthcare construction as well as professionals in facilities management, construction planning & design, maintenance, infection prevention, nursing, life safety, regulatory compliance and more. Click here to learn about this critical training.
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The Construction and Transportation Good Scout Award Luncheon June 16, 2021
The Construction and Transportation Good Scout Award Luncheon benefits an American institution -- the Boy Scouts of America. We've been proud to support this event for more than 60 years, including on June 29 at 12:30 p.m., and will be taking it virtual! Learn more about supporting this event.
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Mayor ups the ante for "public health capital" plan June 16, 2021
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says earmarked funds will be doubled for LifeSci NYC, a 10-year project designed to make the city "the public health capital of the world." Now a total of $1 billion will be available for incubators, lab space, nonprofits that focus on research and internships in an effort to compete with Boston and San Francisco. Commercial Observer (6/9)
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Project Focus
Video shows construction of One Vanderbilt in NYC June 16, 2021
A time-lapse video captures construction of New York City's One Vanderbilt tower from the ground up. Viewers can watch as three crane arms move from one floor to the next as the 77-story skyscraper rises all 1,401 feet. New York Post (6/9)
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Brooklyn Navy Yard wants to construct 7 buildings June 16, 2021
The Brooklyn Navy Yard has indicated it is interested in creating a special district to construct seven buildings on three separate sites. One site currently contains a towing facility operated by the NYPD, another houses a warehouse operated by the Department of Justice; both facilities would be moved under the plan. Brownstoner (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (6/11)
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Judge rejects effort to halt SoHo, NoHo rezonings June 16, 2021
New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron is allowing a lawsuit against the rezonings of the SoHo and NoHo neighborhoods of Manhattan to continue -- along with the rezoning proceedings. The SoHo Alliance and the Broadway Residents Coalition are suing to stop the proceedings, citing the use of Zoom meetings rather than accepting in-person input. Commercial Observer (6/9)
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Sources: Coinbase to open NYC office at 55 Hudson Yards June 16, 2021
Coinbase, a publicly traded cryptocurrency trading platform based in San Francisco, has reportedly signed a sublease for an office in Hudson Yards. Coinbase's deal for 30,000 square feet represents a small section of the space controlled by Point72 Asset Management at 55 Hudson Yards. Commercial Observer (6/14)
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Innovation & Technology
FARO expands reality-capture capabilities June 16, 2021
FARO Technologies says it's pursuing "a true end-to-end digital-twin solution" with a $34 million acquisition of HoloBuilder. FARO specializes in tools for reality capture, and HoloBuilder's technology adds to the mix with 360-degree views of job site progress and conditions. Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (6/9)
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Innovation & Technology
AI speeds bedrock surveys for infrastructure June 16, 2021
A new method uses artificial intelligence to speed the laborious task of mapping bedrock for infrastructure surveying. The EMerald Geomodelling system requires comparatively few drilling surveys over miles of territory to map bedrock with an error of no more than 7 feet as much as nearly 2,000 feet below the surface. Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (6/15)
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Policy Watch
White House to form supply chain disruptions task force June 16, 2021
The White House has released a report on the supply chain difficulties facing construction and other industries. As part of its report, the Biden administration has announced a new task force that will address supply chain challenges and bottlenecks. Construction Dive (6/10)
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Developers envision massive replacement for Grand Hyatt June 9, 2021
Developers RXR Realty and TF Cornerstone plan to replace the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan with offices, a new hotel and retail rising as far as 83 stories. "We want to be the first to surge forward in these troubled times, because we do have the belief in the future," says Jon McMillan, TF Cornerstone's director of planning. The Business Journals (tiered subscription model) (6/2)
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Report notes heavy pandemic toll on NYC construction June 9, 2021
New York City has incurred 74,000 direct and indirect construction job losses and $9.8 billion in lost activity because of the pandemic, according to the Building Trades Employers' Association. The city Independent Budget Office predicts recovery will take at least five years. Construction Dive (6/2)
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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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Union Carpenters and Contractors - Essential to Building New York's Best
The New York City District Council of Carpenters and union contractors have responded to COVID-19 in our industry and local communities. We're committed to building an even better future. See how we adopted new safety standards and provided critical training to keep essential projects moving forward. Visit here to see some of the outstanding work accomplished throughout these challenging times.
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BUILDING NEW YORK'S BEST - PRIORITIZING SAFETY
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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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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