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$59B revenue shortfall confronts New York state October 21, 2020
New York is anticipating a $59 billion revenue shortfall through 2022, due mostly to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned of service cuts and higher taxes unless Congress passes another coronavirus relief bill with direct help for cities and states. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/20)
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New Brooklyn library is also an environmental center October 21, 2020
The Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center at 107 Norman Avenue in Brooklyn has opened, although services are limited to grab-and-go because of the coronavirus pandemic. The $15 million structure includes many environmental touches, including glacial outcroppings in the front that interpret the area's geological history. Bklyner (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (10/20)
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Construction moving along on NYU expansion October 21, 2020
Work continues on the curtain wall at New York University's 23-story complex in Greenwich Village, with completion expected in 2022. This photo essay documents the progress of the 750,000-square-foot facility, which will have living quarters for students and faculty, spaces for the performing arts and athletic facilities. New York YIMBY (10/20)
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Investors see signs of stress in NYC real estate October 21, 2020
Investors are starting to respond to signs of stress in New York City's commercial real estate market. Lenders are turning cautious, loan originations are slowing and prices for debt secured by retail and hotel properties are falling. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/18)
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Bentley partners with Microsoft for digital twins October 21, 2020
Bentley Systems is teaming up with Microsoft to provide smoother integration of Microsoft's Azure cloud system with Bentley software. The combination is expected to enhance development of Bentley's digital-twin technology on Azure while reducing demands on computer power and network traffic. Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (10/20)
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AI detects construction errors, delays October 21, 2020
Two construction giants in Europe are using image-recognition technology from Buildots that analyzes video from hat-mounted GoPro cameras to detect delays or errors. The system eliminates a need to peruse job sites with cumbersome spreadsheets and schedules, says Glen Roberts, operations director at Wates. MIT Technology Review (tiered subscription model) (10/16)
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The Construction and Transportation Good Scout Award Luncheon October 21, 2020
The Construction and Transportation Good Scout Award Luncheon benefits an American institution -- the Boy Scouts of America. We've been proud to support this event for more than 60 years, including on November 4th, and will be taking it virtual! Learn more about supporting this event.
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Union carpenters and contractors essential to New York's COVID-19 response October 21, 2020
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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As others go, major tech companies embrace Manhattan October 14, 2020
Four major technology companies -- Facebook, Apple, Google and Amazon -- are snapping up office space and moving workers to Manhattan as the pandemic has chased other industries away. "We know that talent attracts talent, and we believe that the creative energy of cities like New York will continue to attract diverse professionals from around the world," says Ardine Williams, vice president of workforce development at Amazon's HQ2. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/13)
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Lendlease plans $718M NYC waterfront development October 14, 2020
Lendlease is planning a blockwide development in Brooklyn that offers 800 apartments, 240 of which are affordable. The $718 million waterfront project is part of a $2 billion program by Australian pension fund Aware Super to build rental properties in areas such as Boston, Chicago and New York City. Construction Dive (10/13)
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Work continues in new Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Manhattan October 14, 2020
A 2021 completion date is forecast for the 40-story Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the Madison Square North neighborhood, where work continues after topping out. The skyscraper, developed by Flag Luxury Properties, Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotels, will have 250 guest rooms above a multistory podium. New York YIMBY (10/12)
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No construction recovery on horizon, association says October 14, 2020
The New York Building Congress estimates construction spending will total just $55.5 billion this year, far short of the $65.9 billion originally forecast, citing the pandemic and general economic conditions. At this point, no substantial recovery is on the horizon for 2021 or 2022, the trade association says. The Real Deal online (New York City) (10/13)
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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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