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Rose Hill blooming with 2 luxury condos January 23, 2020
Manhattan's Rose Hill neighborhood is seeing new life with the construction of two luxury condo towers. One of the towers, Rockefeller Group's 45-story tower at 30 E. 29th St., began construction last fall and is already selling units for an average of $3 million apiece. Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (1/8)
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New York City properties reach $1.38T in market value January 23, 2020
New construction in New York City increased the market value of the city's property by $14 billion for the fiscal year beginning in July. Property values climbed $62 billion over the prior period, reaching a total of $1.38 trillion. Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (1/15)
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Stantec tapped to raise Manhattan waterfront esplanade January 23, 2020
The New York City Economic Development Corp. has awarded Stantec a $129 million contract to design a reconstructed wharf at the southern tip of Manhattan. The four-year project entails raising the waterfront esplanade by roughly 5 feet to protect the city from rising tides and to ensure Battery Park's usability during the next 80 years. The Construction Index (UK) (1/17)
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Hotel construction surging January 23, 2020
The city will have more than 144,000 rooms available to visitors by the end of 2021. Lois Weiss examines the hotel construction boom, which includes 56 now planned in Manhattan, 21 in Brooklyn and 37 in Queens. New York Post (1/15)
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Redesign could be in store for Two WTC January 23, 2020
A reported design update for Norman Foster's 2006 proposal for Two World Trade Center may give the supertall project new life. The main holdup has been finding an anchor tenant after a deal with 21st Century Fox and News Corp. came apart in 2016. New York YIMBY (1/18)
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Board undecided on parts of Industry City rezoning request January 23, 2020
Brooklyn's Community Board 7 has voted to reject two of four land use items for an Industry City rezoning unless developers meet certain conditions. No decision was reached on the other two items sought for the $1 billion plan to add retail, hotel and academic space on a 16-building campus. Curbed (1/16)
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Innovation & Technology
Pan-Pacific Mechanical extends tech focus to include chatbots January 23, 2020
Pan-Pacific Mechanical aims to integrate technology such as chatbots, process automation and assisted machine learning into construction projects. With help from a Viewpoint advisory group, Pan-Pacific has developed a bot that provides real-time performance data at job sites and that automates data entry. Contractor Magazine (1/15)
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Innovation & Technology
Platform gives insight into payments January 23, 2020
A new platform on Levelset's website rates general contractors and owners for payment promptness. Companies can post reviews, letting others gauge the possibility of late payments. Engineering News-Record (1/15)
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Policy Watch
Cuomo unveils $275B infrastructure plan for N.Y. January 23, 2020
New York's fiscal 2021 budget adds $175 billion to a previously planned $100 billion for infrastructure, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says. The budget includes a $52 billion capital plan for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, $11.9 billion for a two-year capital plan for the Department of Transportation, $900 million to improve state parks, $355 million to finish an electronic tolling initiative and $300 million to transform the Erie Canal. WTEN-TV/WXXA-TV (Albany, N.Y.) (1/21)
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Commentary: Cuomo's NYC development legacy outweighs de Blasio's January 23, 2020
A decision by the administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo that might lead to a new skyscraper rivaling the Chrysler Building next to Grand Central Station is an example of how prominently the governor has figured in the city's built environment. Cuomo's ability to bypass the city's red tape with state oversight has allowed him to overshadow the built legacy of Mayor Bill de Blasio, Dana Rubinstein writes. Politico (1/21)
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Javits Convention Center Expansion Project January 23, 2020
Check out this video of the Javits Expansion Project. Union carpenters and contractors are proud to be building the 1.2 million square foot addition of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. This $1.7 billion expansion project will allow the facility, already the busiest convention center in the country, to continue competing for convention and exhibition business that creates $2 billion in annual economic activity and thousands of jobs in New York City.
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Searchable contractor directory January 23, 2020
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 - 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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