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Analysis: NYC office market healthier than expected August 12, 2020
Higher tenancy at One Vanderbilt and Facebook's decision to lease 780,000 square feet at the Farley Building show that New York City's office market is healthier than many would believe, Steve Cuozzo writes. "While there is a great deal of uncertainty in the horizon, major occupiers still see themselves maintaining a sizable office presence in Manhattan, and feel optimistic about their business prospects in the city to move ahead with significant new commitments," says CBRE Research Director Nicole LaRusso. New York Post (8/12)
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NYC expressway project takes half the predicted time August 12, 2020
Restoration of two Staten Island-bound lanes from New York City's Gowanus Expressway was expected to take six months but has been completed three months early. MTA Bridges and Tunnels and MTA Construction & Development attribute the accelerated work to reduced traffic during the coronavirus pandemic. Brooklyn Daily Eagle (N.Y.) (8/11)
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Tower in Queens topped out with twin still rising August 12, 2020
Construction continues on the two towers from TF Cornerstone at the Hunters Point South development in Queens, with the 46-story tower topped out and its 56-story sibling still rising. Completion of both is expected in winter 2022. New York YIMBY (8/5)
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Pandemic may force delay in JFK airport renovation August 12, 2020
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is reviewing the possibility of stretching out the planned $15 billion renovation of John F. Kennedy International Airport because of declines in passenger demand related to the pandemic. American Airlines is proceeding with a $400 million project on Terminal 8, but projects at Terminals 1, 4 and 6 have been postponed. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/9)
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Councilman Richards supports YourLIC proposal August 12, 2020
City Councilman Donovan Richards is supporting the YourLIC development plan for the 28 acres at Anable Basin that encompass where Amazon's HQ2 was once to be sited. "We need ambitious proposals that will bring significant private and public investment into communities that have long endured disparities based on their socioeconomic status," said Richards. Queens Post (N.Y.) (8/11)
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NYC seeks plans for "inspirational" public buildings August 12, 2020
The New York City Department of Design and Construction has issued a call for design proposals for "inspirational public buildings." DDC Commissioner Lorraine Grillo says the city is experiencing "an extraordinary moment" and will use it "to reimagine how we can work together to incorporate all of the essential components of well-designed buildings: aesthetics, functionality, cost, constructability and durability." Smart Cities Dive (8/5)
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Innovation & Technology
Firms commit further to drones August 12, 2020
Use of drones in engineering and construction has become well established, and many companies are licensing their own drone pilots. Companies tend to draw on existing personnel for licensing to take fuller advantage of tasks drones can tackle, including planning, management and inspection. Prairie Business (Grand Forks, N.D.) (8/10)
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Innovation & Technology
Platform enables remote site inspections August 12, 2020
Researchers at the UK's University of Strathclyde have paired advanced photogrammetry with artificial intelligence to provide a way to remotely inspect construction. The result is a 3D digital environment that can be monitored online, greatly reducing the need for on-site inspections. Insider (UK) (8/9)
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Innovation & Technology
Backpack device assists overhead lifting August 12, 2020
A new exoskeleton from Hilti is designed to bear 47% of a construction worker's burden when lifting objects overhead. The 4-pound device is worn like a backpack. Construction Dive (8/5)
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Policy Watch
Executive order on H-1B may place burden on contractors August 12, 2020
AGC is "closely reviewing" an executive order that may require federal contractors to demonstrate they are not displacing US citizens with workers from the H-1B program, said Brian Turmail, vice president of public affairs. The Aug. 3 edict follows a June 22 order looking to suspend new visas to restrict the number of "foreign nationals" working in the US. Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (8/4)
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OSHA receives thousands of COVID-19 safety complaints August 12, 2020
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration received 8,656 complaints about safety related to the coronavirus from Feb. 1 - Aug. 4. Loren Sweatt, acting administrator of OSHA, recommends that construction companies "take a good hard look at what your people are doing and what adjustments you can make" to mitigate transmission. Safety + Health (8/10)
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Meet the New York City District Council of Carpenters and its local unions August 12, 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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