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$3.8B terminal work approved for JFK airport February 20, 2020
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved a $3.8 billion expansion terminal and renovation for John F. Kennedy International Airport's Terminal 4. The project adds 16 domestic gates and 500,000 square feet and is expected to be finished in 2023. WCBS-TV/WLNY-TV (New York City) (2/14)
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N.Y. MTA issues consortium shortlist for rail project February 20, 2020
A joint venture between Halmar International and RailWorks, Skanska ECCO III Penn Station Connectors JV and Tutor Perini/O&G JV are the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority's shortlisted consortia for a project to provide Metro-North Railroad service to Penn Station in New York City. The work is part of the MTA's four-year, $51.5 billion capital program. amNewYork (2/11)
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Macy's faces rezoning challenge for office tower plans February 20, 2020
Macy's hopes to build a 1.5 million-square-foot, 800-foot-tall office building on top of its Herald Square store but will need rezoning approval to do so. That process could be problematic for the retailer, as approval could be drawn out over many years, said Noah Kazis, an NYU Furman Center legal fellow. Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (2/14)
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TF Cornerstone moves on after Amazon HQ2 pullout February 20, 2020
Developer TF Cornerstone has quickly moved on after Amazon's pullout from Long Island for its HQ2 project. While initially disappointing, the decision had a definite upside for TF Cornerstone, as Chairman Tom Elghanayan explains in a video. The Real Deal magazine (New York City) (2/2020)
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Innovation & Technology
6 ways to preserve wood door finish at work sites February 20, 2020
Wood doors come out of the factory with an attractive finish, but job sites can make it difficult to maintain that appearance, writes Steve Orlowski. Contractors should take measures that include flat storage in well-ventilated buildings and placement in areas without direct sunlight to preserve the finish of interior doors. Construction Business Owner (2/18)
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Innovation & Technology
Generative design becomes increasingly popular February 20, 2020
Technology for generative design has created increased interest among contractors during the past few years as they take on a greater role in the design process, says Mac Little of VIATechnik. The strength of the technology lies in the ability of specialty software to create up to thousands of design options. Construction Dive (2/12)
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Presidential candidates discuss infrastructure plans February 20, 2020
During an infrastructure forum in Las Vegas, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg said a vehicle-miles-traveled fee could be a viable way to generate money for infrastructure, while former Vice President Joe Biden wants to raise the corporate income tax rate to 28% and to increase the federal passenger facility charge. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said a $1 trillion infrastructure plan would be her top legislative priority, and businessman Tom Steyer promised $450 billion for infrastructure maintenance and $775 billion for clean-transportation infrastructure. Transport Topics (2/16)
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Opinion: Rezoning process is preventing affordable housing February 20, 2020
The seven-month process for reviewing rezoning proposals is a substantial barrier that slows the pace of affordable housing construction, writes Steve Cuozzo. Although the process seems to be here to stay, "it's time for the city Corporation Counsel's 1,000-plus lawyers to figure out how to loosen its death grip over expanding the housing stock." New York Post (2/12)
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Javits Convention Center Expansion Project February 20, 2020
Check out this video of the Javits Expansion Project. Union carpenters and contractors are proud to be building the 1.2 million square foot addition of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. This $1.7 billion expansion project will allow the facility, already the busiest convention center in the country, to continue competing for convention and exhibition business that creates $2 billion in annual economic activity and thousands of jobs in New York City.
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Searchable contractor directory February 20, 2020
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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NYC soccer team nears agreement for stadium February 12, 2020
New York City Football Club owners and local developers are close to a deal with the city to build a 25,000-seat stadium in the South Bronx that would be the centerpiece of a development worth more than $1 billion. Plans for the site near Yankee Stadium include affordable housing units, a school, a hotel and retail space. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/7)
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Additional development proposed for Queens waterway February 12, 2020
Development is moving forward along Queens' Flushing Creek despite an overworked sewage system, and a proposal for a 29-acre redevelopment would add to the challenge. Critics of the proposed Special Flushing Waterfront District say the mixed-use development would place added strain on the waterfront. Curbed (2/10)
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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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