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3D-printed precast concrete molds for redeveloped NYC landmark a first

3D-printed precast concrete molds for redeveloped NYC landmark a first

It would be a shame to redevelop the Domino Sugar refinery property in Brooklyn without giving a nod to the historic building’s past. Installing concrete panels on the exterior of the 42-story tower achieved that, but manufacturing those panels from 3D-printed molds also provided a glimpse of the future. The under-development high-rise known as One South […]

NYC sewer system construction costs rocket 1500% to $1.2B

NYC sewer system construction costs rocket 1500% to $1.2B

Dive Brief: Costs for the Gowanus Canal sewage retention tank project in Brooklyn, New York, have shot up to $1.2 billion, more than 1500% higher than its original price tag of $78 million, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported. The new cost projection is also more than twice what the Environmental Protection Agency expected the cost of the […]

Avoiding the Most Common OSHA Citations

Avoiding the Most Common OSHA Citations

Just one mistake could put sanitation industry employers in hot water with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). But OSHA’s standards aren’t always on par with what’s happening in waste and recycling operations. According to Kirk Sander, National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA) vice president of safety and standards, the top five cited […]

Related, NYC union coalition strike deal

Related, NYC union coalition strike deal

It could be a new day for labor relations in New York City with the announcement that developer Related Cos. and the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York (BCTC) have struck a deal, in essence, to play nice. Related and the BCTC announced Wednesday that they had entered into an “historic accord” […]

New York Construction Workers Remain at Risk Without Legislative Action

New York Construction Workers Remain at Risk Without Legislative Action

With this year’s legislative session in full-swing in Albany, special interest groups have resumed their attacks on laws designed to keep workers safe on construction sites. Construction and insurance trade groups, seeking to shed accountability and pad their pockets, have argued that labor protections like the Scaffold Safety Law are somehow undermining worker safety. However, a […]

End of an era? Construction permits declined in 2018

End of an era? Construction permits declined in 2018

Construction activity declined in 2018 for the first time in nearly a decade, officials announced Tuesday. The drop could signal the end of a historic run that transformed the skyline and altered entire neighborhoods—even as the city struggled with an increasingly acute housing shortage. Contractors and developers filed for nearly 166,000 permits last year, according to […]

Details emerge of prevailing wage deal between union, NYC on housing projects

Details emerge of prevailing wage deal between union, NYC on housing projects

Dive Brief: A prevailing wage deal between New York City officials and Service Employees International Union, Local 32BJ (32BJ SEIU) guarantees member workers’ employment at affordable housing projects in 15 rezoned neighborhoods, Crain’s New York Business reported. Within each rezoned area, most projects with more than 30 units and that receive some sort of public subsidy must […]

City aims to close zoning loophole that boosts building heights

City aims to close zoning loophole that boosts building heights

The days of developers using mechanical voids to boost their buildings’ heights may soon be coming to an end. The Department of City Planning has proposed an amendment to New York’s zoning code that would make those voids—ostensibly used to store mechanical equipment, but often occupying space that’s much larger than necessary—count toward a building’s overall allowable […]

Former Bloomberg Executives to Be Charged in Construction Fraud Scheme

Former Bloomberg Executives to Be Charged in Construction Fraud Scheme

More than 18 months ago, the Manhattan district attorney’s office opened yet another investigation into fraud in the city’s $62 billion construction industry, this one involving Bloomberg L.P., the financial information and media company owned by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is considering running for president in 2020. As investigators peeled back the complex layers of contracts, […]