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NYC extends JFK airport lease, paving way for modernization February 24, 2021
New York City extended the lease on John F. Kennedy International Airport to 2060, adding 10 years that will ease the way for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to finalize financial arrangements for $15 billion in modernization projects. Queens Daily Eagle (N.Y.) (2/22)
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Big plans revealed for NYC's Penn Station February 24, 2021
A draft environmental impact statement and general project plan for New York City's Penn Station include 10 new buildings on eight sites and up to nine new tracks. The buildings would "be consistent with the urban design character of a number of the taller, more recently constructed buildings in the area," according to the plan. Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (2/19)
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Manhattan mixed-use tower topped out February 24, 2021
The 60-story mixed-use residential tower at 601 West 29th Street has been topped out, according to Douglaston Development. The 695-foot-tall tower was designed by FXCollaborative, is being built by Levine Builders, and will offer 703 market-rate and 235 affordable housing residences when it opens for occupancy in summer 2022. New York YIMBY (2/24)
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Luxe's Manhattan hotel reaches milestone February 24, 2021
Luxe's hotel at 456 Greenwich Street has been topped off, despite numerous setbacks and delays. The eight-story, Caspi-developed hotel is expected to be completed in April 2022. Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (2/23)
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Innovation & Technology
Oracle offers AI insights through the cloud February 24, 2021
Oracle has introduced a machine learning service that explores a company's scheduling and project data to discover opportunities for efficiency. The Construction Intelligence Cloud Service taps into P6 and other data to let users identify possible delays and act to minimize them, says Karthik Venkatasubramanian, vice president of data science and analytics at Oracle Construction and Engineering. Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (2/22)
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AI taps camera imagery to analyze construction progress February 24, 2021
Buildots is leveraging artificial intelligence to analyze construction sites with data gathered from 360-degree cameras attached to project managers' hard hats. The result amounts to a construction control room, with AI accessing imagery to compare and contrast with designs and the project schedule. ZDNet (2/18)
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Policy Watch
Debate continues over City Council planning proposal February 24, 2021
Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration and City Council members voiced their disagreements over proposed changes to the city's planning process during a meeting this week. City Planning Commissioner Marisa Lago said City Council Speaker Corey Johnson's 10-year planning cycle proposal would be too expensive and add "yet another impediment to the construction of affordable housing." Gotham Gazette (2/24)
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Minimum wage could have economic ripple for contractors February 24, 2021
Wages in construction are generally higher than the proposed federal minimum of $15 per hour, so little direct effect in the industry is expected if the new minimum is passed. However, the Associated General Contractors of America says the industry could experience an indirect effect from higher wages across the economy. Construction Dive (2/23)
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Bill would open citizenship door for certain immigrants February 24, 2021
An eight-year path to citizenship for people living in the country illegally is at the center of a congressional bill that would also give a five-year temporary status. Certain immigrants could immediately apply for a green card. Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (2/18)
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Union carpenters and contractors essential to New York's COVID-19 response February 24, 2021
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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Searchable contractor directory February 24, 2021
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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Residential tower planned for World Trade Center February 17, 2021
The boards of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Lower Manhattan Development Corp. have authorized the start of negotiations for the construction of a 900-foot-high residential tower replacing the former Deutsche Bank building in the World Trade Center. The two public bodies jointly own the property. The Wall Street Journal (2/11)
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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 - 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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