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Record incentives win NYC's half of Amazon's HQ2 November 14, 2018
New York state and city officials have topped all public incentives ever offered in the state to a private company with subsidies and grants that could total $3 billion to land Amazon's planned second headquarters in Long Island City. The facility will be built on public and private sites in the Anable Basin area along the East River, while another part of the company's second headquarters will be in Virginia. Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (11/13)
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Survey: Most residents support Gateway tunnel project November 14, 2018
More than 80% of residents surveyed in New York, New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania support a new tunnel under the Hudson River and a Portal Bridge replacement in New Jersey. The inclusion of people in Republican counties in Pennsylvania was politically shrewd, given the Trump administration's opposition to the federal government funding half of the Gateway project. Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (11/13)
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Map: 27 Williamsburg developments in various stages November 14, 2018
The arrival of Whole Foods and Apple would appear to signal peak development in Williamsburg. Tanay Warerkar and Ameena Walker map out 27 developments in various stages, including the neighborhood's first ground-up office building in years and a 28-acre park. Curbed (11/9)
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Bay Street development plan up for public review November 14, 2018
The public is reviewing a proposed rezoning of a section of Bay Street in Staten Island aimed at affordable residential development. The project would include at least 1,800 mixed-income apartments and lend support to efforts to develop North Shore properties. Staten Island Advance (N.Y.) (11/13)
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JPMorgan plans supertall for Midtown East November 14, 2018
JPMorgan Chase has filed an amendment to its plan and provided renderings for the supertall structure planned for 270 Park Ave. The tower designed by Foster + Partners Architects could top out at 1,400 feet with the amendment or nearly 1,567 feet without it. New York YIMBY (11/12)
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Innovation & Technology
Dodge, Autodesk developing KPI metrics for construction November 14, 2018
Dodge Data & Analytics and Autodesk are collaborating on a project to develop key performance indicators, or KPIs, for the construction industry. Dodge has found that perceived time and cost constraints prevent about 50% of professionals surveyed from using and collecting data on KPIs for more than half their projects. Engineering (11/12)
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Innovation & Technology
Design-build method reaches mainstream November 14, 2018
Design-build projects are expected to increase about 18% over the next three years, according to FMI, and roughly half of all spending in the US nonresidential construction incorporates the delivery model. Experts contend design-build offers quick delivery for less money, and Haskell Co. founder Preston Haskell says it is no longer just an "alternative" method. Construction Dive (11/9)
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Policy Watch
Fall protection violations top OSHA's most-cited list November 14, 2018
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited 7,270 violations of its "fall protection -- general requirements" safety standard from October 2017 through September 2018, making it the most-violated standard on the agency's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations list. Hazard communication, scaffolds and respiratory protection were also among the top violations per standard. Construction Dive (11/12)
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NYBC calls for $1T infrastructure investment November 14, 2018
The New York Building Congress is urging Congress to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure over the next decade, including replenishing the Highway Trust Fund through a federal gas tax increase. New York will put $150 billion into upgrades for the Port Authority Bus Terminal and the subway system during the next five years. Real Estate Weekly (New York City) (11/13)
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Carpenters & Contractors in the News
Program transitions veterans into construction November 14, 2018
The Helmets to Hardhats apprenticeship program to help military service members find their way back into civilian life has drawn the interest of more than 200 veterans. Offered by the International Standards and Training Alliance, the program calls on contractors that sponsor a veteran to eventually offer a job. Wood Floor Business magazine (11/12)
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Union Carpenters and Contractors Are Building New York's Best November 14, 2018
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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Searchable Contractor Directory November 14, 2018
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 - 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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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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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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