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April/May 2016 New york building congress
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Building Congress News and Events
95th Anniversary Leadership Awards Luncheon
New York Building Foundation Ninth Annual Premier Wine Dinner

Policy Spotlight

In Building a Better NYC Capital Budget, the Building Congress urges the adoption of new user fees to be dedicated solely to infrastructure investment. To ensure that these additional revenues are leveraged to the maximum possible extent, the Building Congress also recommends specific steps to improve the City’s capital planning and project delivery processes so that more capital projects can be constructed on time and on budget. To read the report, click here


In recent letters to New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, the Building Congress called for their support of A.7590/S.5887, which would permit certain agencies of the City of New York to use the design-build method of project delivery.


Design-build allows public agencies to procure a single project team to design and build public works. Today, the City has authority to use only a single type of project delivery - design-bid-build - for virtually all construction projects in its $8 billion annual capital program. Design-build yields critical benefits, making designs reflect on-the- ground conditions and reducing the likelihood of costly and time-consuming changes during construction when design flaws are typically found.


New York City and State agencies that have used design-build and other collaborative delivery methods have recorded a number of successes: the New NY Bridge Project, the Kosciuszko Bridge, and a new long-term care facility for NYC Health +Hospitals, to name just a few. These projects progressed faster and remained closer to initial budget projections than other large projects procured using traditional design-bid-build.


The Building Congress has partnered with New York's other leading building industry associations to urge Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to support the New York Emergency Responder Act (A.6214/Englebright and S.4238/Savino). The NYERA addresses a long-overlooked component of disaster response: protecting individuals as well as firms and their employees who volunteer or provide services in response to natural and man-made disasters from unforeseeable liability that can incur while working to protect the public. For more information and to read a recent Building Congress memorandum in support of NYERA, click here. The bill was successfully passed by the New York State Senate during a legislative session on June 8.

communications and publicatons

New York Building Congress 2016 Annual Report

The Building Congress recently released its 2016 Annual Report, which highlights the organization's program of advocacy, research and reports, committees, and events.

The report features the article "The Sky's the Limit," which discusses the impact of New York City's changing demographics on the built environment, highlighting the City’s growing population, workforce, and tourism, all of which are placing increased pressure on its infrastructure. To read the full report, please click here.

Construction Outlook Update
April 13 - New York City Construction Starts on Public and Private Schools, Colleges and Universities Soared to $3 Billion in 2015 CONTINUE READING >>

May 10 - NYC Residential Building Permits Surged Past 56,000 in 2015, a 67 Percent Increase from the Height of the Previous Building Boom CONTINUE READING >>

June 7 - 2015 Construction Activity Yielded an Estimated $61 Billion in Total Economic Impact to New York City CONTINUE READING >>

Infrastructure Update
May 17 - New Building Congress Report Urges Wide-Ranging Improvements to New York City's Capital Planning, Management, and Funding CONTINUE READING >>

June 1 - New York City Will Increase Infrastructure Spending to Meet Growing Needs CONTINUE READING >>

nybc in the news

Amid Criticism, Mayor Increases Rate of Capital Spending on Infrastructure
Politico - June 7, 2016

NYC Residential Construction Boom Surpasses Pre-Recession High
Curbed - May 10, 2016

City Population Boom Drives School Building Tally to $3B
Real Estate Weekly - April 20, 2016

Construction Unions' Grip on New York Begins to Show Cracks
Wall Street Journal - April 15, 2016


upcoming events

Thursday • June 16 • 2016
Council of Industry Women
Center for Architecture
8:00 am

Wednesday • June 22 • 2016
Healthcare Committee Meeting
8:00 am

Wednesday • June 29 • 2016
Construction Industry Breakfast Forum
The Metropolitan Club
8:00 am

Wednesday • June 29 • 2016
Planning, Growth and Sustainability Committee Meeting
New York Building Congress
12:00 pm

Monday • July 18 • 2016
Annual Golf Outing
Westchester Country Club


Read event recaps & view photos >>

On April 21st, wine enthusiasts gathered at the Four Seasons Restaurant Pool Room for the New York Building Foundation’s Ninth Annual Premier Wine Dinner. A primary fundraiser for the Building Foundation, this year's event raised over $250,000 to benefit its research activities, charitable giving, and college scholarships.


The evening began with a champagne reception hosted by Foundation Vice Chairman Suri Kasirer of Kasirer LLC. Guests then enjoyed an elaborate seven-course dinner with pairings of fine wines. Clifford Korn of Acker Merrall & Condit provided the commentary on the dinner wines and conducted an auction of select vintage wines which raised $13,000. 


Wine for the auction and dinner was generously donated by: Acker Merrall & Condit; Jay Badame, Tishman Construction, An AECOM Company; John M. Dionisio; George H. Ladyman, JLL; Christopher Larsen, Halmar International LLC; Kenneth D. Levien, Levien & Company, Inc.; Mark Moran, Mark Moran Solutions LLC; Edward V. Piccinich, SL Green Realty Corp.; Raymond Quartararo, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Larry Roman, WDF Inc.; Jennifer Stone, Robert A.M. Stern Architects; and Floyd Warkol, KSW Mechanical Services Inc.


The philanthropic arm of the New York Building Congress, the New York Building Foundation was formed in 1998 to promote the long-term growth and well-being of the New York City building industry and the wider community through an active program of research, educational and philanthropic activities.

For more information about the New York Building Foundation, visit


The Building Congress is pleased to welcome the following new members:

Abatement Unlimited, Ltd.
Berdon LLP
Falcon Project Management
Harris Rand Lusk
Infrastructure Engineering, Inc.
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
M & E Engineers
Regal Cleaning Ltd.
YMCA of Greater New York



Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of New York, Inc.
Suffolk Construction


For a complete list of Building Congress members, click here.

To become a member, click here.

member news

   IN MEMORIAM: James H. Jones, founder and President of TDX Construction Corporation, died last Thursday, June 9. Jim served on the New York Building Congress Board of Directors for 25 years, including as a former Vice Chairman, and was a Director Emeritus at the time of his death.

A dedicated and respected member of the New York City building community, Jim actively participated in numerous industry associations and frequently held leadership positions, including as past, two-term President of the Building Contractors Association and former Chairman of the Building Trades Employers' Association. He was a licensed engineer with a degree in civil engineering from New York University and a Master of Science from Polytechnic Institute of New York.

In lieu of flowers, Jim's family would appreciate memorial contributions in his name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000 Dept 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 (the ID number for Jim is 10548454), or to the Dobbs Ferry Volunteer Ambulance Corp, 81 Ashford Ave, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522.

   In April, Parsons announced that Charles "Charlie" Manning joined the firm as Senior Vice President and Infrastructure Leader for New York and New Jersey. Mr. Manning will focus on business development and representing the corporation to the region's key stakeholders.

Mr. Manning has more than 35 years of civil engineering experience in a broad variety of infrastructure programs and projects, including transportation, water supply, wastewater treatment, hazardous waste, waste to energy, and power. He has directed and managed large, complex projects and has significant experience in every project aspect, including conception, planning, design, permitting/licensing, construction inspection, program and construction management, as well as project start up and operation. He also has a strong background in alternative project delivery solutions such as design-build and public-private partnerships. Mr. Manning has served as Principal in Charge for major public transportation and infrastructure agencies, as well as Fortune 500 firms.

   Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, was awarded a National Recognition Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards, as well as the Diamond Award in Building/Technology Systems in the ACEC of New York 2016 Engineering Excellence Awards program for the Carmine Carro Community Center located in Marine Park in Brooklyn, New York.

The firm provided engineering services for the 8,000-square-foot, LEED® Gold community center, including overall project management; design of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection units; structural and civil engineering; obtaining LEED® Gold certification; permits and approvals for the demolition of the existing recreation center; and construction of the new community center. To read more, please click here.

   Michael S. Zetlin, General Counsel for the Building Congress and Senior Partner of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP, was recently profiled in the Commercial Observer. To read the full article, please click here.

   Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network has released its 2015 Benchmark Study Report: Women in Commercial Real Estate, which finds that women occupy more senior vice president, managing director, and partner roles in commercial real estate, and are more satisfied with their career success than ever. The comprehensive report is based on extensive industry research, tracking and analyzing specialization, compensation, and career achievement by gender over a 10-year span. For more information and to read the report, click here.

   Parsons recently received four 2016 Hermes Creative Awards administered and judged by the Association of Marketing Communication Professionals -earning top honors among major international brands and Fortune 100 companies.

Parsons' Chicago, Chicago-based Core Services team won a Platinum Award for its Aviation Trade Show Booth and Marketing Materials (Event Marketing) as well Gold Awards for two other projects: the 2015-2016 New York Building Foundation Report (Pro Bono) and Parsons' CEO Coin Series 2014–2016 (Specialty Item). The corporation's Marketing & Communications team brought home a Gold Award for its 2015 corporate social responsibility report: People, Planet, Progress. CONTINUE READING >>


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