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Opinion: Construction is ready to ramp up in NYC July 2, 2020
The construction industry worked with government officials to establish health and safety protocols such as face coverings, health screenings, lower worker density and site disinfection, and those protections will help workers get back to projects that are critical to New York City, writes Gary LaBarbera, president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York. "There are still challenges ahead of us, and for workers who have questions or concerns about their construction site, you know where to turn," LaBarbera writes. "Your union is there for you." Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (7/1)
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Seagram Building converting parking into playground July 2, 2020
RFR Holding, owner of the Seagram Building on Park Avenue, is putting $25 million into retrofitting a parking garage into a recreation area with a climbing wall, basketball courts and an indoor track. Developer Aby Rosen says the building already appeals to CEOs and that the 35,000-square-foot conversion is "something that would cater to the junior partners." The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/30)
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Photos: Concrete work on NYC skyscraper progresses July 2, 2020
Photos reveal progress on the reinforced concrete core of a skyscraper that, once complete, will be the largest structure by volume in the first phase of Related Companies' Hudson Yards megadevelopment in New York City. The building will likely be finished in 2022, project officials say. New York YIMBY (6/29)
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NYC land use requests remain delayed by pandemic July 2, 2020
New York City's construction industry is moving again, but the city's procedure for reviewing land use requests remains paused by order of Mayor Bill de Blasio. Vicki Been, deputy mayor in charge of economic development and housing, says tech issues must be conquered so that meetings can be held remotely, with the plan to restart approvals "in the early fall." New York Post (6/29)
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Developers eye former Amazon site in Long Island City July 2, 2020
A 28-acre site in Long Island City once targeted by Amazon is now in the sights of YourLIC, a development coalition led by TF Cornerstone. The developers, who may file rezoning applications next year, envision a complex with public plazas as well as spaces for work, but will have to win over a skeptical neighborhood. Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (6/30)
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Work progressing at Three Hudson Boulevard skyscraper July 2, 2020
Construction at Three Hudson Boulevard in Hudson Yards, a $3 billion office skyscraper scheduled to be completed in 2023, has reached ground level. Developed by Boston Properties and The Moinian Group from a design by FXCollaborative, the 940-foot tower promises great views of the river as well as the Manhattan skyline. New York YIMBY (6/30)
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Innovation & Technology
Smart hard hat doubles as coronavirus tracer July 2, 2020
A smart hard hat that tracks construction workers on job sites has found a second use as a contact tracer among workers who might be spreading the coronavirus. The WakeCap also lets users monitor and maintain social distancing. Redshift (6/16)
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Innovation & Technology
Infographic: How to traverse the tech landscape July 2, 2020
Delays and budget blowouts are common in construction, but the industry has a wealth of technology to help. An interactive graphic explores challenges and the tech landscape. Redshift (6/24)
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Policy Watch
PPP might get new lease on life July 2, 2020
The Senate has passed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program to Aug. 8, but the measure's fate in the House before Congress' two-week recess is unclear. Questions remain regarding how to distribute the program's remaining funds as demand from small businesses slows. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (6/30)
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Construction loan delinquencies balloon July 2, 2020
Project closures or delays contributed to a 23.8% rise in construction loan delinquencies -- totaling $3.67 billion -- in the first quarter, according to Standard & Poors' Global Market Intelligence Report. GlobeSt (free registration) (6/29)
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New directives set for enforcing silica standards July 2, 2020
Methods of compliance, respiratory protection and communication of hazards are among new compliance directives issued by OSHA for enforcing silica standards. The directives can help ensure uniformity in inspection and enforcement procedures when dealing with respirable crystalline silica exposures in construction. Manufacturing Business Technology (6/29)
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Meet the New York City District Council of Carpenters and its local unions July 2, 2020
It takes a great workforce to build the greatest city in the world. Union carpenters are that great workforce. Our members reflect the diversity of local communities and are equipped with the skills to perform work on every project according to the highest standards. In addition to building great projects, our members have equal access to the good wages, benefits and upward mobility that define middle-class opportunity.
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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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