Loopy skyscraper plan for New York

In response to the swathe of supertall luxury residential towers rising in New York, local studio Oiio has proposed a conceptual skyscraper that loops over to boast length rather than height. The Big Bend would be formed from a very thin structure that curves at the top and returns to the ground, creating what the […]

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Mayor De Blasio Unveils New Design and Programs Coming to Union Square Tech Hub

Hub will support over 600 jobs in tech ecosystem; provide a gateway to tech jobs for thousands of New Yorkers Space Will Be New Home for Civic Hall, Including Digital Training Hub for 21st Century Jobs and Flexible Workspace for Growing Startups NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio met with tech workers at AppNexus today to unveil […]

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Port Authority Board Approves Largest Ever $32.2 Billion 10-Year Capital Plan

Plan reflects agency’s return to its core transportation mission; Leverages private sector dollars to help rebuild region’s aging infrastructure; Creates 235,400 job years and $56 billion in overall economic activity The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today approved the agency’s largest ever $32.2 billion 2017-2026 Capital Plan, which reflects the agency’s continuing return to its […]

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De Blasio’s affordable housing agenda to get even more ambitious in 2017

UPDATE: As expected, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City speech last night was focused largely on the affordability crisis in the city and on creating new jobs. He outlined expansions on existing programs, and pointed to new initiatives like the plan to create a fashion hub in Sunset Park that would create 1,500 […]

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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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Union Leaders Meet With Trump, Construction on Their Minds

At a meeting with the leaders of several construction and building trade unions, President Trump reiterated on Monday his interest in directing hundreds of billions of dollars to infrastructure investments, some of it from the federal government, union officials said. “That was the impression I was taken away with,” said Sean McGarvey, the president of […]

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Trump’s Commerce pick backs public spending on transportation

Amid concerns from rural Republicans on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Commerce Department voiced support for public investments in transportation. Wilbur Ross, who co-authored the private funding-focused infrastructure proposal that Trump floated on the campaign trail, assured senators during his confirmation hearing that the concept of using private financing was not the […]

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Trump’s tax plan isn’t even law and already it’s taken a toll on city’s affordable housing projects

The Trump administration’s plan to cut corporate taxes might be good for multinational businesses but it already is wreaking havoc on affordable housing developers who raise money for their projects through the sale of tax credits that companies use to reduce how much they owe Uncle Sam. The upshot is that New York City affordable […]

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LeFrak, Roth to head up Trump’s new infrastructure council

President-elect Donald Trump tapped longtime friends and fellow developers Steven Roth and Richard LeFrak to head up a council that will monitor national infrastructure spending. “They’re pros,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal Friday. “That’s what they do. All their lives, they build. They build under-budget, ahead of schedule.” Both Roth,who leads Vornado Realty Trust, […]

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Hoping the inauguration offers hints on the Trump infrastructure plan? So are we

“America’s Infrastructure First!” Then-candidate Donald Trump didn’t sound those words quite so often as “Make America Great Again!” but the former line was high among his tools for national overhaul, and people took notice, including—maybe especially—those who build and repair bridges, roads, schools, power grids and the other systems that keep our nation humming. Which, […]

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New York Build Launches Affordable Housing Competition with Bee Breeders

New York Build is working in collaboration with Bee Breeders to run the New York Affordable Housing Challenge. This open architecture ideas competition looks to create a solution to New York’s ever-increasing housing shortage. Working with limited resources, in terms of both finance and space, participants are challenged to create diverse homes and communities open […]

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7 crucial ways New York City’s landscape will change in 2017

The new year has come, meaning that after a period of reflecting on the year past’s preservation battles, best architecture, and more, it’s time to look towards the future. A ton is poised to happen in New York City this year: Lots of sales launches at developments, from Essex Crossing to 111 West 57th Street; […]

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Need a place to tell your story, New York builders? It’s right here in US Builders Review

US Builders Review partners with New York Build Got infrastructure? America needs it—water mains, highways, bridges and more—and the Trump administration has listed it as one of its priorities, proposing to spend a trillion dollars on lucrative public private partnerships to make it happen. This is among the many topics and trends on the minds […]

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New Website Helps Contractors and Safety Workers Stay Connected

As construction in New York City continues to flourish, site safety is a growing concern. With this in mind, Regan Branch and Paul Charlton have launched SafetyCoverage.com, an online subscription service created to connect contractors and developers with construction site safety professionals throughout the city. The goal is to be “the Uber of construction,” says Charlton. […]

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Lang Architecture Builds Modern Holiday Homes in New York Countryside

American firm Lang Architecture has designed and developed a collection of light-filled vacation cabins in upstate New York, which take cues from Scandinavian and mid-century modern design. Called Hudson Woods, the residential development consists of plots for 26 family dwellings spread across 131 acres (53 hectares hectares) in the Hudson Valley. The scenic area – […]

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City Seeks Developer to Build 200 Affordable Units on East New York Lot

The city announced it is seeking bids from developers to build up to 200 affordable apartments on a vacant East New York parcel. The site, bounded by Atlantic Avenue, Chestnut Street and Dinsmore Place, sits across the street from the public City Line Park and neighbors a soon-to-be-built school, according to Crain’s. It was excluded […]

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A Holistic View of On-site Construction Hazards and How to Prevent Them

Working on a construction site is not everybody’s dream job, but it is definitely a respectable profession. Unfortunately, it’s also one that comes with a lot of risks. It’s an employer’s job to safeguard their employee’s safety (see Keeping Workers Safe and Reducing Employer Liability to learn more about your legal responsibilities). There is, of […]

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13-Story, 157-Unit Affordable Residential Building Nears Topping Out At 530 Exterior Street, Mott Haven

Construction is now underway on the top floor of the 13-story, 157-unit residential building under development at 530 Exterior Street, in the South Bronx’s Mott Haven section. Progress can be seen thanks to photos posted to the YIMBY Forums. The latest building permits indicate the building will encompass 151,107 square feet and rise 120 feet […]

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Build Your Own Subway System with this New Game

In New York City, as in many cities worldwide, residents rely on the subway system to get around. But despite its importance, there are still plenty of locations throughout the city so difficult to get to, it’ll leave you cursing, “Who designed this thing anyway!?” Now thanks to a new game from engineer Jason Wright, […]

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