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N.Y. plans $306B in infrastructure spending January 20, 2021
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has highlighted in a speech a $51 billion investment in the Midtown West neighborhood of Manhattan and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's $51.5 billion capital plan as components of $306 billion in current and planned infrastructure work. Cuomo also discussed airport improvements and UBS Arena as elements of the plan. Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (1/19)
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Park Avenue skyscraper almost completed January 20, 2021
Foster + Partners' 47-story skyscraper at 425 Park Ave. is nearing completion, with the glass-and-steel facade fully enclosed and ornamental fins built. The building has earned a temporary certificate of occupancy and the exterior tower crane has been removed. Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (1/20)
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LaGuardia improvements forge ahead; JFK mostly on hold January 20, 2021
Despite the pandemic-related decline in air travel and tax revenue, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is pushing through plans for improvements at LaGuardia Airport. Meanwhile, plans to revamp John F. Kennedy Airport are generally on hold, aside from American Airlines' proposal to build a new Terminal 8. The Commercial Observer (New York City) (1/19)
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DRAW Brooklyn proposes Red Hook mixed-use project January 20, 2021
Designer DRAW Brooklyn is proposing a mixed-use project that would replace a vacant warehouse at 145 Wolcott Street in the Red Hook neighborhood. The residential tower component of Model Block would rise 14 stories, with 210 apartments, and additional space would accommodate restaurants, an art gallery, light manufacturing and offices. The Architect's Newspaper (1/19)
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Innovation & Technology
Drones figure out best hauling routes January 20, 2021
California-based TraceAir has developed drone technology that calculates the best hauling routes on construction sites for greater efficiency. The company's latest round of $3.5 million in development investment raises its total funding to $7 million. TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (1/19)
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PCL modules quickly deactivate coronavirus January 20, 2021
Modules developed by PCL Construction use far-ultraviolet light to destroy the coronavirus on surfaces with two seconds of exposure. The light replaces chemicals, which can damage materials, and is safe for human exposure. Construction Dive (1/13)
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Policy Watch
Survey: Contractors uneasy amid political tension January 20, 2021
The bottom-line ramifications of recent political unrest are worrisome to 65% of respondents to a recent Construction Dive survey. Contractors are worried about such things as stock market challenges, increased costs and potential pauses in construction due to increased security in cities. Construction Dive (1/19)
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Judge sides with advocates; Gowanus rezoning on hold January 20, 2021
The Gowanus Neighborhood Plan rezoning in Brooklyn is on hold -- at least temporarily -- because of a ruling by a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge. Local advocacy groups against the proposed tall residential buildings won the temporary restraining order after claiming the city's Zoom-based hearings violated public meeting laws. The Brooklyn Paper (N.Y.) (1/18)
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CCA Metro News
Union carpenters and contractors essential to New York's COVID-19 response January 20, 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 January 20, 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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Retail rents show sharp declines in NYC January 13, 2021
New York City's retail rents fell by as much as one quarter from 2019 levels, according to the Real Estate Board of New York. Asking retail rents in 17 Manhattan corridors declined in the fall, with eight areas posting their lowest average asking rents in at least 10 years. CNBC (1/8)
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Madison Square Garden on the move? January 13, 2021
A plan to turn Madison Square Garden into a new Penn Station concourse and create a new sports arena between two skyscrapers near Herald Square has cleared a hurdle at Community Board Five. This article includes new renderings from the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism. New York YIMBY (1/8)
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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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