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Construction slows amid protests June 3, 2020
New York City has added security to construction sites in lower Manhattan and Midtown, joining a number of cities where protests have led to work stoppages and damage. In other cities, contractors have voluntarily curtailed work in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Engineering News-Record (tiered subscription model) (6/1)
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Tallest residential building in NoMad down to details June 3, 2020
The 62-story Madison House at 126 North Madison Avenue has said goodbye to the construction crane, with only details and 7,500 square feet of ground floor retail to be finished as its 199 condos are marketed. The tallest residential building in NoMad was designed by Handel Architects for developers JD Carlisle and Fosen Group. New York YIMBY (6/1)
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Work progresses at NYC's Hard Rock Hotel June 3, 2020
Photos from Tectonic show significant progress on the reinforced concrete superstructure of the Hard Rock Hotel going up at Times Square in New York City. Construction on the 225,000-square-foot, 445-room project is expected to be completed no later than early 2022. New York YIMBY (5/28)
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Innovation & Technology
Institute examines latest in construction sustainability June 3, 2020
States and localities are mandating more sustainability in construction, and the industry is responding with initiatives and practices. An Urban Land Institute webinar has reviewed some of the latest, including modular construction, solar power and electrical construction equipment, while noting obstacles standing in the way of further improvement. Commercial Property Executive (5/29)
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How pandemic stands to reshape our world June 3, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is cause for a wide-ranging rethink of urban structures and systems with demands for more separation and fewer touch-prone surfaces. Carolina Miranda talks to designers and architects about how they are reimagining the spaces we live, work and play in. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (5/29)
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Opinion: Wearable tech makes construction sites safer June 3, 2020
The construction industry should embrace the latest wearable technology "to give our workers confidence that we are putting their health first every single day," writes John Fish, chairman and CEO of Suffolk. Wearable devices from companies such as Triax Technologies can aid with social distancing policies while making contact tracing possible if an employee or visitor should fall ill, Fish writes. New York Real Estate Journal (Norwell, Mass.) (5/2020)
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NYC may support outdoor dining this summer June 3, 2020
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said there is talk of the city working with restaurants to use the Open Streets program and allow outdoor dining this summer. "Now, it's not in phase one as it's structured now but we are looking very intensely at what we can do with bars and restaurants, but again, with a safety first attitude," he said. NY1 (New York City) (5/28)
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CCA Metro News
Meet the New York City District Council of Carpenters and its local unions June 3, 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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Searchable contractor directory June 3, 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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Cuomo offers multiphase reopening plan for N.Y. May 7, 2020
Construction, manufacturing and retail could be the first industries to resume work during the coronavirus pandemic in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo did not specify a timeline for reopening but has outlined a four-phase plan that would allow certain regions to reopen after meeting certain health thresholds. Reuters (5/4)
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Work nearly finished on 220 Central Park South tower May 7, 2020
The 220 Central Park South tower is nearing completion. The residential building will rise 950 feet and offer luxury accommodations, including a 23,000-square-foot penthouse suite that sold last year for $230 million. Archinect (4/30)
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Details emerge about 250 Water Street tower May 7, 2020
Renderings have revealed new details about the planned 250 Water Street tower, which will is expected to be just short of 1,052 feet tall. The tower will offer 1,038,950 square feet of space for commercial, hotel and residential purposes. New York YIMBY (5/4)
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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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