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Bronx brimming with construction September 11, 2019
Development is perking up in the Bronx. Residential and industrial plans are afoot, as well as three major projects planned by the city for the South Bronx. The Commercial Observer (New York City) (9/10)
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Change bubbling up in Inwood a year after rezoning September 11, 2019
Amid much dissent, an Inwood rezoning plan was approved in August 2018. Just over a year later, the feel of the place is much the same -- but unmistakable signs of change are evident in the form of filings for several residential and mixed-use developments. City Limits (New York City) (9/4)
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Rebuilding at 9/11 site still underway September 11, 2019
Four major projects are still being completed 18 years after the World Trade Center was destroyed on Sept. 11. Those projects are the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, the Ronald O. Perelman Center for the Performing Arts, 2 World Trade Center and 5 World Trade Center. The Associated Press (9/11)
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Port Authority issues manager RFP for JFK Airport project September 11, 2019
The Port Authority is seeking a construction manager to supervise all contractors for the redevelopment of John F. Kennedy International Airport. A request for proposals calls for a manager to operate on an "as needed" basis for the project, which will bring the airport's eight terminal sites together in one unified facility. Real Estate Weekly (New York City) (9/5)
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Innovation & Technology
Software aims to boost transparency in construction projects September 11, 2019
Deficiencies in construction communication that Lachlan Knight encountered while working on a transit project in Copenhagen, Denmark, inspired him to launch his software company, Glaass. The company's product lets users manage "documents, drawings, correspondence, quality assurance, inspections, diaries, orders and media," says Knight, who estimates about 100 companies use the traceability tool. Create (Australia) (8/2019)
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Innovation & Technology
App computes allowed building heights, areas September 11, 2019
Inputting factors such as building geometry, site conditions and construction type yields allowable building heights and areas with the use of a free app from the International Code Council, the American Wood Council and WoodWorks. The basic version of the Heights and Areas Calculator allows only for single occupancy and equal floor areas, while an advanced version can adjust for multiple occupancy and different floor areas. Building Design + Construction (free registration) (9/9)
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Innovation & Technology
Reality capture is key to 2 major NYC projects September 11, 2019
Skanska USA is using reality-capture technologies to boost efficiency and translate project models to the jobsite as it works on Terminal B at New York City's LaGuardia Airport and the Moynihan Train Hall at the James A. Farley Post Office building. One particular challenge in each case is a requirement that both facilities continue to operate normally as construction proceeds. Construction Dive (9/3)
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Policy Watch
N.Y. men indicted for insurance fraud September 11, 2019
Two New York residents have been indicted on charges of insurance fraud after their actions led to more than 100 construction workers being underinsured. "These defendants scammed insurance companies to cut costs in one of the city's most dangerous industries with utter disregard for their employees' lives," said Cyrus R. Vance Jr., Manhattan District Attorney, in a statement. Insurance Journal (9/9)
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Dutch group to review Manhattan flood protection plan September 11, 2019
Dutch environmental consulting group Deltares will review a $1.3 billion plan to add flood protections along a section of lower Manhattan's east side waterfront. The latest proposal would cover the East River Park with several feet of fill and exclude use of the park for about three years. Curbed (9/10)
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DOT streamlines project permitting September 11, 2019
Two rule changes from the Transportation Department have potential to pare the permitting process for construction projects to two years. Brian Deery of AGC says a policy change that transfers National Environmental Policy Act reviews from the federal level to states saves time previously taken up by Federal Highway Administration reviews. Construction Dive (9/8)
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Union carpenters and contractors are prioritizing safety September 11, 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 September 11, 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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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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