MoMa expansion required an "engineering miracle" | Governors Island may be future home to climate lab | BIDs are proving their worth
October 10, 2019
Construction industry news for the New York City metropolitan area
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MoMa expansion required an "engineering miracle"
The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan is expected to reopen Oct. 21 following a $450 million expansion. Each of the building's columns weighs 80 tons, according to MoMa Director Glenn Lowry, so the project team had to pull off an "engineering miracle" to get the floors to support the weight.
CBS News (10/6) 
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Project Focus
Governors Island may be future home to climate lab
New York City is considering turning a 4.2-million-square-foot section of Governors Island into "a major center for climate adaptation research, commercialization, conversation and policymaking," according to a request for proposals sent to contractors. The project is expected to help finance the island's maintenance.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/6) 
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BIDs are proving their worth
The Bella Abzug Park on the West Side of Manhattan is an example of how business improvement districts can take a once blighted area and make it inviting to the public. Over the past several decades, the once-controversial BIDs have proved their worth in New York City, but some communities do not possess the wealth to form one.
City & State New York (10/7) 
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2 Hunters Point towers begin to rise
Two new residential towers from developer TF Cornerstone are beginning to take shape in Hunters Point, Queens. Photos chart progress on a 46-story, 394-unit structure at 52-41 Center Blvd. and a 56-story tower at 52-03 Center Blvd.
New York YIMBY (10/2) 
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Modernization proposed for Broadway Junction
The city and several local groups are proposing an improvement plan for Broadway Junction -- Brooklyn's third-busiest transportation hub. The plan for the 25-acre site calls for extensive modernization to upgrade failing infrastructure and relieve chronic congestion.
Crain's New York Business (tiered subscription model) (10/3) 
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Innovation & Technology
Parks built on infrastructure are complex but often beneficial
Adding parks to rooftops, highway decks, water filtration plants and other functioning infrastructure is becoming common as a cost-saver and to provide green space in crowded urban settings. Such efforts can be "complicated from a design point of view and a maintenance point of view," says Adrian Benepe of the Trust for Public Land.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (10/8) 
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Mix of BIM, point cloud data provides useful 4D imagery
The combination of building information modeling and point cloud data from drones is helping builders develop 4D aerial imagery for projects, John Bleasby writes. The added dimension can help project stakeholders optimize design, deal with permit applications and keep accurate records.
Daily Commercial News (Ontario) (10/8) 
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How digital modeling sharpens building design
Digital tools adapted from video game technology are now being applied in construction for more accurate and immersive 3D modeling. In the future, extended reality will facilitate greater convergence between manufacturing and construction, as well as increased interoperability between building-scale simulations and their surroundings, predicts Julien Faure, product marketing director at Unity.
Redshift (10/2) 
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Policy Watch
"Fatal Four" may be focus of OSHA weighting system, expert says
Workplace safety hazards such as the "Fatal Four" in construction could be an area of focus under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new weighting system for fiscal 2020 inspections, said Edwin Foulke, a lawyer and former OSHA chief. About 60% of worksite deaths result from the Fatal Four, which are falls, caught-in-or-between, struck-by and electrocution accidents.
Construction Dive (10/4) 
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NYC climate plan becoming a waiting game
Six bills under the city's Climate Mobilization Act call for a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, but stakeholders are questioning how long it will take for advisory committees to do the work required to make necessary recommendations. "Most owners aren't going to do anything until they have some kind of concrete guidance from [the Department of Buildings]," says Frank Ricci, director of government affairs at the Rent Stabilization Association.
City Limits (New York City) (10/7) 
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Cuomo requests MTA infrastructure audit
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has requested a feasibility analysis of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's proposed $51.5 billion infrastructure spending program. Specifically, Cuomo asked that the continuing forensic audit of MTA's finances include the MTA Capital Program, which plans to back transportation infrastructure projects during the next five years.
Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (10/7) 
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CCA Metro News
Union carpenters and contractors are 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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Searchable contractor directory
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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