Crews working quickly to complete One Vanderbilt | NYC considers solutions for crumbling BQE | Developers to appeal ruling mandating 20-story tower trim
February 27, 2020
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Builders will wrap up work this year on One Vanderbilt, an over 1,400-foot tower with a foundation composed of about 4,000 cubic yards of concrete. Since the concrete was placed, crews have installed an average of four floors per month.
Full Story: The Architect's Newspaper (2/19) 
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New York City Council and engineering firm Arup have suggested building either a $3.2 billion capped highway or a potentially $11 billion bypass tunnel as a solution to the crumbling Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The 3-mile tunnel would follow the model of projects such as Boston's "Big Dig," which is half as long and double the cost of Arup's proposal.
Full Story: Daily News (New York) (tiered subscription model) (2/24),  Gothamist (New York) (2/24) 
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Developers of 200 Amsterdam Avenue are appealing a State Supreme Court judge's ruling that at least 20 floors must be removed from the Upper West Side residential skyscraper. The ruling came after the 52-story building had already topped out, but opponents said developers SJP Properties and Mitsui Fudosan America unfairly avoided height regulations by using a "gerrymandered" 39-sided plot.
Full Story: New York YIMBY (2/21) 
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Amazon is planning to take over the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 109,000-square-foot space plus 190,000 square feet of vacant space in Queens' Rentar Plaza, reports loan database TreppWire. This is just the latest of the retailing giant's plans to expand its footprint in the city since it backed out of HQ2 plans in Long Island City.
Full Story: The Real Deal magazine (New York City) (2/2020) 
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Innovation & Technology
The need for human intuition on build-outs and redevelopment projects should assuage fears of technology supplanting construction workers, says Julian Anderson, president of Rider Levett Bucknall. Artificial intelligence can contribute to visuals that inform construction decisions, but humans ultimately are the ones making decisions, Anderson says.
Full Story: GlobeSt (free registration) (2/24) 
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Peter Marchese and Brendan Gregory of Microdesk provide an overview of the basics of virtual reality, why a firm might need it, how a firm choose a VR product and what investment entails.
Full Story: Construction Business Owner (2/20) 
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Policy Watch
Employers must be sure to electronically file OSHA Form 300A workplace injury data by March 2. Employers with 10 or more employees will also need to post Form 300A copies where workers can see them through April 30.
Full Story: Occupational Health & Safety (2/25) 
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Two Bridges neighborhood groups succeeded for a second time in contesting the de Blasio administration's approval of plans for four skyscrapers along the East River. State Supreme Court Judge Arthur Engoron ruled the city violated existing zoning rules on "large-scale residential districts" by giving a go-ahead for the towers.
Full Story: City Limits (New York City) (2/25) 
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