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RoundUp Jan/Feb, 2016

Jan/Feb 2016 New york building congress
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Your Bi-Monthly Roundup of the Latest
Building Congress News and Events

Policy Spotlight

The Building Congress recently released its 2016 Policy Agenda, which focuses on advocating several high-priority goals in Albany and City Hall. Priorities at the City level include further increasing the City's capital budget and improving capital planning, procurement policies, and project management practices; completing the East Midtown rezoning; and advancing important infrastructure projects such as Moynihan Station and the Second Avenue Subway extension. At the state level, the Building Congress will work to secure progress on the State's Infrastructure Agenda; ensure long-term, sustainable funding for new and existing infrastructure; authorize public-private partnerships; and pass the Emergency Responder Act.

communications and publicatons

Building Innovation
January 11 - Prepared by the Building Congress, Building Innovation highlights the work and recommendations of the Task Force on Innovation and Best Practices. The Task Force was created and spearheaded by Thornton Tomasetti Chairman and CEO Thomas Scarangello, who made innovation in construction the centerpiece of his two-year term as Building Congress Chairman. CONTINUE READING >>

Infrastructure Update
February 11 - City Releases a Capital Plan Emphasizing Core Infrastructure CONTINUE READING >>

(e) Update
February 11 - City Releases a Capital Plan Emphasizing Core Infrastructure CONTINUE READING >>

Construction Outlook Update
February 24 - U.S. Census Data Shows Nearly One-Quarter of a Million Workers in New York City Construction Industry CONTINUE READING >>

March 9 - New York City Construction Starts Soared to $40.9 Billion in 2015 CONTINUE READING >>

March 16 - NYC Construction Costs Rose to Nearly Twice the National Rate in 2015 CONTINUE READING >>

2016 Membership Directory
Make sure your company is listed in the 2016 Membership Directory! Contact Membership Director Robert Chapman at to join, renew your membership, or place an ad.

nybc in the news

"The Anderson Tapes"
Commercial Observer - March 9, 2016

"Skanska USA Exec Voted New Chair of the Building Congress"
The Real Deal • January 18, 2016

"Track Changes"
Commercial Observer • January 13, 2016

"Cuomo Aide: Infrastructure plan will cost $100 billion"
POLITICO New York • January 11, 2016

upcoming events

Thu • Apr • 21
New York Building Foundation
Annual Premier Wine Dinner
Four Seasons Restaurant
6:00 pm Reception
7:00 pm Dinner

Wed • May • 18
95th Anniversary Leadership Awards Luncheon
New York Hilton Midtown
11:30 am Reception
12:30 pm Luncheon & Program


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The New York Building Foundation, the philanthropic, research, and education arm of the New York Building Congress, announced the addition of six esteemed executives to its Board of Governors.

The six new members, who were elected to the Board of Governors during the New York Building Congress Annual Membership Meeting on January 11, are: Joseph R. Amato, P.E., of Cameron Engineering & Associates, LLP; Christopher J. Curry of The Howard Hughes Corporation; George H. Ladyman Jr. of JLL; William McKenzie of Abatement Unlimited, Inc.; Edward V. Piccinich of SL Green Realty Corporation; and Angelo Silveri of Silverite Construction Company, Inc.

The new members are joining the Board of Governors during an active period for the Building Foundation. Over the past year, the Foundation has contributed substantial support for a wide range of industry-related education and training programs and has provided grants and scholarships through its partnership with such organizations as the ACE Mentorship Program, Salvadori Center, The Cooper Union, NYU Schack, Manhattan College, and Non-Traditional Employment for Women.

In addition, the Foundation has lent vital support to the New York Building Congress Task Force on Innovation and Best Practices, including its recently concluded Construction Shed Design Competition, which sought innovative and attractive alternatives to the confining and often forbidding structures that currently cover nearly 200 miles of sidewalks around building sites throughout the five boroughs.

The four winning entries, Side+Ways+Shed by Francis Cauffman; ScaffoldWing by Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects, P.C.; G-Shed by Gensler; and UrbanArbor by PBDW Architects and Anastos Engineering Associates, were honored at the Foundation’s Theatre Benefit on January 13.

Also honored at the Theatre Benefit, a fundraising event to support ongoing Building Foundation initiatives, was the Manhattan College Summer Engineering Awareness Program. For more than 30 years, the Program has introduced high school students to potential careers in engineering and helped minority and female students gather information about SAT preparation, scholarships, and financial aid. Since 2011, the New York Building Foundation has supported the Program, with grants totaling more than $57,000.

member news

   Congratulations to Anchin, Block & Anchin; Baker Tilly Virchow Krause; Stantec; and Urban Engineers of New York for being included in the 2016 Best Places to Work in New York State. The annual list is dedicated to finding and recognizing New York's best employers and is a partnership of the New York State Society for Human Resource Management, The Business Council of New York, Best Companies Group, and Journal Multimedia Corporation. The companies will be honored at an awards dinner on Tuesday, May 3, at the Albany Marriott.

   Dewberry, a privately-held professional services firm, has hired Anthony Alduino, PE, and Alex Melgar, PE, as senior project managers in the firm’s New York City office. Mr. Alduino will support Dewberry’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering services in the metropolitan area. Mr. Melgar joins Dewberry’s building structures group with expertise in the design of high-rise buildings and post-tensioned concrete for building structures in the office and residential markets.

   Richard Cavallaro, President and Chief Executive Officer, Skanska USA Inc., has been elected Chairman of the New York Building Congress. Mr. Cavallaro was installed as Chairman during the Building Congress’ Annual Membership Meeting, held on January 11, and succeeds Thomas Z. Scarangello, Chairman and CEO, Thornton Tomasetti.

In addition to Mr. Cavallaro, the Building Congress’ 2016 Executive Committee slate has been filled by Treasurer Gregory A. Kelly of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff; Secretary Jill N. Lerner of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, P.C.; General Counsel Michael S. Zetlin of Zetlin & De Chiara LLP; and Vice Chairmen Louis J. Coletti of the Building Trades Employers’ Association; Sabrina Kanner of Brookfield Properties; Gary LaBarbera of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York; Joseph G. Mizzi of Sciame Construction LLC; Charles F. Murphy of Turner Construction Company; Lawrence P. Roman of WDF Inc.; Milo E. Riverso of STV Group, Inc.; and Matthew Van Buren of CBRE. Jonathan D. Resnick of Jack Resnick & Sons was elected as an at-large member.

The Building Congress also welcomed the following to its 2016 Board of Directors: Andrew Catapano of Willis Towers Watson; Edwin Christian of IUOE Local 14; Lisa S. Coico of City College of New York; William J. Gilbane III of Gilbane Building Company; Anthony E. Mann of E-J Electric Installation Co.; Scott Seltz of BNP Media; Mitchel W. Simpler of Jaros Baum & Bolles; Todd Rechler of RXR Realty; and Elise Wagner of Kramer Levin.


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


Brookfield Property Partners L.P.
International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 14-14B
International Union of
Operating Engineers, Local 15, 15A, 15B, 15C, 15D
SL Green Realty Corp

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