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RoundUp Nov/Dec, 2015


The New York Building Congress recently announced four winners from its Construction Shed Design Competition, an initiative to create 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, chosen from among 33 submissions are 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. To read more about the competition and the winning designs, please click here.


The New York Building Congress has been a key advocate for a trans-Hudson rail connection and commends Congress for recently passing a five-year surface transportation bill that will help fund Amtrak's Gateway program. In a recent letter, Building Congress President Richard T. Anderson, also encourages Governors Cuomo and Christie to follow through on their proposal for their respective states to fund half of the project's proposed $20 billion cost.


Throughout 2015, the Building Congress worked to help generate support for a fully-funded MTA capital program as part of its 2015 Policy Agenda and was an early advocate for increased City support. On October 30, the MTA Board approved a five-year, $29 billion capital program, a decrease from the $32 billion program proposed a year ago. The program is fully funded with $11.8 billion in MTA funds, an $8.3 billion commitment from the State, $6.4 billion in federal funds and a $2.5 billion commitment from New York City.


The Building Congress hosted New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at its November Board of Directors meeting. Speaker Mark-Viverito expressed strong support for continued robust infrastructure investment.


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