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Request for proposals issued for pair of East Harlem sites August 14, 2019
The Department of Housing Preservation and Development is pursuing its East Harlem Housing Plan with a request for proposals for development of two city-owned sites with 350 units of affordable housing and space for retail and community activities. RFP respondents must submit a relocation plan for the community organizations currently occupying the sites. 6sqft (New York City) (8/9)
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Gowanus focuses on local priorities ahead of possible rezoning August 14, 2019
School diversity, historic sites and climate change are all among the considerations that Gowanus advocates and elected officials are taking into account as they await an environmental impact analysis for a potential rezoning. A draft scope of work released in March predicted rezoning would add 8,200 new apartments by 2035. City Limits (New York City) (8/12)
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Belmont Park arena gets go-ahead August 14, 2019
The $1.3 billion Belmont Park project, which will sit on 43 acres of state-owned property in Nassau County, was approved by Empire State Development. The 19,000-seat arena and hotel, to be built by owners of the Mets and Islanders, is expected to open by 2021. New York Post (8/9)
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Work begins on Bushwick Inlet Park August 14, 2019
Crews began demolishing old fuel storage tanks last week as work began on Bushwick Inlet Park. The city designated the area for a park more than a decade ago, and some had hoped the tanks could be repurposed in some way for the park. WPIX-TV (New York City) (8/7)
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Prospect Heights plan would add 19-story building August 14, 2019
Developers are eyeing the McDonald's site across the street from the Pacific Park mega-project in Prospect Heights for a 19-story building, according to a Community Board 8 Land Use Committee member. The plan would require rezoning to allow for higher density. Brooklyn Daily Eagle (N.Y.) (8/8)
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Innovation & Technology
How to tackle common types of cost overruns August 14, 2019
Cost overruns are a common pitfall for every type of contractor. Kim Slowey looks at how companies across the industry are tackling extra labor charges, weather delays, indirect costs and unanticipated direct project costs. Construction Dive (8/13)
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Policy Watch
Commentary: After Amazon, what's next for LIC? August 14, 2019
Six months ago, Amazon pulled out of plans to build a campus in Long Island City, but activity leading up to the company's change of course showed "there is an appetite for development" in the area, writes Carlo Scissura, president of the New York Building Congress. "For LIC, Queens and New York City to thrive, we must return to a spirit of aspirational planning and building," he writes, noting that possibilities include a soccer stadium, a museum or a convention center. Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (8/14)
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Retirement bills are pending in Congress August 14, 2019
Several bills under consideration in Congress could affect retirement in the US. Among other things, these bills could affect required minimum distributions, Social Security and pension plans. CNBC (8/10)
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Queens steel company to pay $6M in denied wages August 14, 2019
Hundreds of workers for steelmaker AGL Industries were illegally denied overtime and other wages between 2013 and 2017. A plea deal with the city and state requires the Queens company to pay $6 million to the affected welders and ironworkers. Daily News (New York) (tiered subscription model) (8/13)
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CCA Metro News
Support opportunity and diversity at the 2019 Building Futures Awards on Sept. 18 August 14, 2019
Join us on Sept. 18. (9:00 am - 11:00 am) for the 2019 Building Futures Awards to support opportunity and diversity in the New York City Building and Construction Trades. Proceeds benefit the nationally recognized Construction Skills program that provides unparalleled access to union apprenticeships offering upward career mobility, family healthcare, and retirement security. Visit Construction Skills to learn more about this great event.
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Searchable contractor directory August 14, 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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Construction employment inched up in July August 7, 2019
The construction industry added 4,000 jobs last month for a year-over-year gain of 2.8%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The biggest increase among sectors was 3.5% among specialty contractors, but overall growth was the slowest in six years. Engineering News-Record (8/6)
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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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