"Building New York's Best ... Millwright and Machinery Erectors" | BCA Safety First Conference: A Forum on Construction Job Site SafetyThursday, June 8, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas | Rezoning again on the table for New York's Garment District
May 25, 2017
Construction industry news for the New York City metropolitan area
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BCA Safety First Conference: A Forum on Construction Job Site Safety Thursday, June 8, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas
Join contractors, labor, safety and health experts, and government officials to discuss the safety and health challenges facing the construction industry and to explore solutions to these concerns that are being considered and implemented. Admission is free. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Registration required. Email Craig Noller for more information and to register.
Plans for rezoning New York City's Garment District are on the table again, and a steering committee that includes major stakeholders is tasked with recommendations in preparation for an August hearing by the Department of City Planning. When the Hudson Yards District was rezoned, construction started on 37 new hotels, and plans include at least 13 more.
Record spending of more than $42 billion helped New York City's construction industry generate $66.3 billion in 2016, according to the New York Building Congress. The biggest share of spending -- $17.1 billion -- went to nonresidential, followed by government construction at $12.7 billion and residential at $12.6 billion.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao sees the Gateway project, which includes two train tunnels under the Hudson River and a rehab of Penn Station, as an "absolute priority" of the Trump administration in any infrastructure bill.
A planned 47-story residential tower project will take the place of a playground at the Holmes Towers public housing complex on New York City's Upper East Side. Half the 300 units are said to be affordable housing, and the project will include an 18,000-square-foot recreation center, plus new playgrounds covering 14,500 square feet.
Long Island City led 50 other major US cities with a record number of rental units built from 2010 through 2016, according to real estate search engine RENTCafe. Such building spiked nationwide after 2010 as the rental market boomed following the 2007 housing crash.
It's simpler to ensure health and safety at work sites with the use of contractor management systems, according to Anne-Sophie Tetreault, a senior expert in risk management processes at Cognibox. CMS applications allow contractors to easily share safety information, insurance records, inspection details and incident information with other parties.
President Donald Trump unveiled a plan to inject $200 billion into infrastructure projects to help incentivize participation by the private sector to bring the total investment to $1 trillion. Regulations would be streamlined, the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act expanded, and tolling on interstates would have fewer restrictions.
The efforts of construction groups were rewarded Wednesday when the Labor Department suspended a rule that required companies to submit safety labor violations online. The Associated General Contractors of America and others had opposed the rule, saying it could unfairly damage a company's reputation when the records become publicly available.
The tracks at New York City's Penn Station are deteriorating, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the situation declared a national emergency so it can receive federal funds. Amtrak has come under fire for not properly maintaining the tracks, resulting in numerous delays and derailments, and Cuomo has reservations about the company's promise to repair the tracks over six weeks this summer.