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Union chief supports $3.5B Bronx project November 6, 2019
Gary LaBarbera, the president of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, is backing the $3.5 billion mixed-use Fordham Landing in the Bronx. LaBarbera says the work will create 8,000 construction jobs. The Real Deal magazine (New York City) (11/2019)
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One Vanderbilt ahead of schedule, under budget November 6, 2019
Construction on the $3.1 billion One Vanderbilt supertall tower in East Midtown is three months ahead of schedule and $100 million under budget, according to SL Green. Oak Hill Advisors has signed a 15-year lease for 45,954 square feet at the at the 1.6 million-square-foot office property, and The Carlyle Group expanded its 15-year lease to occupy an extra 33,034 square feet. Commercial Property Executive (10/30)
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Skyline renderings include view of structure at 270 Park Avenue November 6, 2019
New unofficial renderings of the Midtown skyline include an animated view of JPMorgan Chase's new headquarters under construction at 270 Park Avenue. The building, which will replace 707-foot Union Carbide tower, will be the third-tallest building by roof height in Manhattan. New York YIMBY (11/4)
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Council considers church plan to build residential tower November 6, 2019
The City Council is weighing an application for zoning variances by Harlem's La Hermosa Church that would allow it to build a 30-story residential tower near Central Park. The building would eventually provide revenue for La Hermosa to build a new church. Patch (11/5)
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Innovation & Technology
New tools clear the air on construction sites November 6, 2019
Milwaukee Electric Tool aims to eliminate much of the air pollution associated with power equipment on construction sites with its MX Fuel light-equipment power tools. They include the usual selection of lithium-ion battery tools, as well as commercial-size equipment such as a four-head light tower and 120-volt tools, including chop saws for cutting steel studs. Popular Mechanics online (10/31)
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Policy Watch
Cuomo pressed to sign design-build bill November 6, 2019
The design-build method credited for the quick construction of the new Tappan Zee and Kosciuszko bridges has a green light from New York state lawmakers, and New York City officials are pushing Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the bill into law. Officials hope to expedite the reconstruction of four deteriorating bridges on the Belt Parkway in South Brooklyn, which the city Department of Transportation estimates will take nine years to finish without the design-build model. Daily News (New York) (tiered subscription model) (11/4)
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Video: Insight into the OSHA inspection process November 6, 2019
This video explains the process and reasons for an OSHA inspection. OSHA inspections consist of an opening conference, walk-around and closing conference. Concrete Construction online (10/31)
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Gowanus air rights seen as solution for 3 housing complexes November 6, 2019
Gowanus councilman Brad Lander wants to include three Housing Authority complexes in need of extensive repairs in a planned major rezoning for his district. Lander is calling on the Department of City Planning to include a mechanism to allow the three complexes to sell air rights into the Gowanus district to raise funds. Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (11/5)
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Javits Convention Center Expansion Project November 6, 2019
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 November 6, 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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Report: NYC construction spending, job creation up in 2019 October 30, 2019
Spending on residential construction in New York City is expected to rise 13% by year-end, while spending on construction overall is expected to increase 10%, according to a report from the New York Building Congress. The residential component includes a record 161,000 blue-collar construction jobs. Daily News (New York) (tiered subscription model) (10/23)
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Reimagined 550 Madison Avenue features elegant ground-floor lobby October 30, 2019
Newly released renderings of an upgrade to 550 Madison Avenue tower reveal a sleek design for the ground-floor lobby that pays homage to the building's original design. "The lobby's volume and spatial proportions are maintained in their simplest, most basic form, and we see the results as a powerful expression of the building's character," said Gensler design principal Philippe Pare. New York YIMBY (10/26)
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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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