Commercial and Multifamily Starts Rise in Most Metro Areas

NEW YORK –  Most of the leading U.S. metropolitan areas for commercial and multifamily construction starts showed substantial gains in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.  However, New York NY, the top metropolitan market by dollar amount, pulled back 15% to $29.8 billion following its 67% surge to $35.2 […]

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East River Esplanade Shut Until End Of March For Rockefeller University Expansion Work

Effective today, a multi-block stretch of the East River Esplanade is closed temporarily as work is undertaken for the expansion of Rockefeller University’s Upper East Side campus. All pedestrians and cyclists will be unable to access the stretch between East 63rd and 68th streets, from Monday, February 13 to Friday, March 31. “The closure will accommodate repairs to pipes […]

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A Diverse Workforce, Built on Merit

In this spotlight on entrepreneurship and diversity, Construction Executive interviewed industry leader Larry Lopez, president and CEO of Green JobWorks, a Baltimore-based staffing company that provides both skilled and general labor to clients in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. As the new chair of Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) Diversity Committee, Lopez imparts his wisdom […]

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Optimism Rises for Near-Term Infrastructure Spending

Ever since that fateful Tuesday in November, economists, among others, have been puzzling over what the election results mean for various U.S. public policies and economic performance. President Trump has indicated he will slash taxes, strong-arm U.S. trading partners, end commitments to follow certain environmental rules, dramatically alter immigration policy, partially deregulate banking and make […]

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Recipe for a Sustainable Building

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has recently released new design guidelines to integrate NYCHA properties into a larger community and reduce their environmental impact. The aim of the design guidelines is to focus on the four main functional areas of building regeneration, Site, Building Exteriors, Building Interiors and Mechanical Systems, and encourage all architects […]

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Protecting Aluminum Facades Using Coatings

By Ben Mitchell, Manager, Extrusion Coatings, AkzoNobel   Perhaps no building element typifies contemporary architecture more than the curtain wall. Lightweight and flexible, curtain walls provide the practical benefit of allowing more usable square footage within a building. They also epitomize upscale, modern construction.   Aluminum, prized for its durability, recyclability and strength, is the […]

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City Council’s construction safety bills divide NYC’s real estate industry

A new set of bills concerning construction safety are now at the center of a growing debate between different members of the construction industry. On Tuesday, the New York City Council began hearing testimony on a group of 21 bills that tackle several issues including crane safety, and requiring workers to take an apprenticeship program, […]

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Trump makes $137bn list of “emergency” infrastructure schemes, all needing private finance

The Trump administration has compiled a list of 50 high-priority infrastructure projects and has circulated it to state governments for their comments, according to Washington politics website McClatchy DC. The projects will be procured as public private partnerships, with the private sector contributing half their financing. The total value of schemes on the list is […]

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Madison International in talks to buy Forest City’s stake in NYC retail portfolio

Forest City Realty Trust is in advanced talks to sell its majority stake in a New York retail portfolio to fund manager Madison International Realty, according to a source familiar with the matter. Ronald Dickerman’s Madison, along with its investment partners, already controls a 49 percent stake in the portfolio, which it bought for $172.3 […]

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PWC featured on Cover of MR Management Publication: The Benefits of Community

As the executive director of Professional Women in Construction (PWC), my main priority is getting women business. PWC is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting women in the construction industry. New York is our founding chapter, and we have three additional chapters in Connecticut, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. We have gained interest […]

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Coke Stoves For Heating concrete should be outlawed in New York City

One of the obstacles to building high rises year-round is that concrete does not dry or ‘set up’ in cold temperatures. A solution has been found in providing a heat source and ‘containing’ the heat with tarps around the perimeter of the building, as pictured here. One way to heat the concrete is with propane […]

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