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December 2016
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Carlo A. Scissura, a lifelong New Yorker and veteran of Brooklyn politics, business, and economic development, has been named President and CEO of the New York Building Congress.


He will succeed Richard T. Anderson, who has served as President of the New York Building Congress for the past 23 years. Mr. Scissura, who has served as President and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce since 2012, will take over on January 1, 2017. At that time, Mr. Anderson will assume the title of President Emeritus and continue to serve the Building Congress as a consultant. Read more.

Photos from Construction Industry Breakfast Forum
Photos from Industry Recognition Dinner
policy spotlight

New York City's hospitals are expected to invest $6.3 billion on construction projects in 2016 and 2017, according to Healthy City: Inside New York City's Hospital Building Boom, a new report from the New York Building Congress. The report is based on an extensive survey of New York City hospitals, interviews with leading healthcare construction professionals, and an analysis of other available data sources. To read more, please click here.

In October, the Building Congress Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a MTA Working Group meeting, which served as a discussion between industry members and MTA executives on administrative issues encountered while doing business with the MTA. Topics of discussion included design-build, bid coordination, release of retainage on large projects, MWBE goal setting, industry capacity to meet MTA demand, new code compliance, and general contractors/subcontractor management.


After it was passed by an affirmative vote of the New York City Council, Mayor de Blasio signed into law Intro. 1088, which would require the periodic inspection of gas piping within buildings, with the exception of one- and two-family homes. The Building Congress was an early supporter of the bill and encouraged the City Council to approve it this past spring. To read the Building Congress' full letter of support, please click here.

communications and publicatons

New York City Construction Outlook 2016-2018

The New York Building Congress forecasts New York City construction spending of $43.1 billion in 2016. This would mark the first time in City history that construction spending has eclipsed the $40 billion mark and represents a 26 percent increase from 2015, when spending reached $34.3 billion. The Building Congress anticipates the current building boom to continue through the next two years, with $42.1 billion in construction spending projected for 2017 and $42.3 billion in 2018. To read more about the report, please click here.


Construction Outlook Update
November 2 - New York City's Bedrock Institutions Initiated $26.1 Billion Worth of New Construction Projects Since 2008 CONTINUE READING >>

November 29 - Manhattan Continues to Account for Nearly 60 Percent of the Value of all New York City Construction Projects CONTINUE READING >>

November 18 - Carlo Scissura Named President and CEO of New York Building Congress CONTINUE READING >>

December 5 - New York Building Congress Remembers Jack Rudin CONTINUE READING >>

nybc in the news

"NYU Unveils Plans for $1B Expansion Building with All-Glass Façade"
Construction Dive - December 12, 2016

"New York City Hospitals Spend Billions as They Expand and Update"
Wall Street Journal - December 2, 2016

"Bklyn Chamber Chief Scissura to Head Building Congress"
Commercial Observer - November 30, 2016

"2015 NYC Construction Starts Surged to $4.6B - the Highest Level Since 2009"
Construction Dive - November 3, 2016

"New York Construction Spending to Top Record as Skyscrapers Rise"
Bloomberg - October 25, 2016


upcoming events
Wednesday • January 11 • 2017
New York Building Foundation Annual Theatre Benefit
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Dinner
Monday • January 23 • 2017
Annual Membership Meeting and Construction Industry Luncheon Forum
The Pierre Hotel
11:30 a.m. Reception
12:30 p.m. Program and Luncheon
Thursday • April 6 • 2017
New York Building Foundation
Annual Premier Wine Dinner
The Landmark
6:00 p.m. Reception; 7:00 p.m. Dinner
Wednesday • May 17 • 2017
96th Anniversary
Leadership Awards Luncheon
New York Hilton Midtown
11:30 a.m. Reception
12:30 p.m. Luncheon and Program

Upcoming Committee Meetings >>
Read event recaps & view photos >>

Join us on Wednesday, January 11, for the Building Foundation's Annual Theatre Benefit. The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m. at Sardi's, followed by performances of the revival of The Front Page; the highly anticipated The Great Comet; and In Transit, from the creators of Frozen.


The funds raised by the Theatre Benefit support the Building Foundation's research and analysis programs, charitable giving, and educational scholarships. This funding also enables the Foundation to provide support for programs such as the New York City Construction Outlook series. In addition, the Building Foundation provides funding to other organizations that recruit, educate, and mentor tomorrow's industry leaders. Click here for the invitation.


For more information about the New York Building Foundation, visit
member news
   Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, has announced the promotions of Shahidul Joarder, PE, to senior associate, and Nicholas Saponara, PE, to associate in the firm's New York office. To read more, please click here.

   The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) recognized the achievements of New York City Department of Design and Construction Commissioner
Dr. Feniosky Peña-Mora
with the Business Management Award, part of their International Outstanding Achievement Awards. Chris Soffe, Vice President of CIOB, presented Dr. Peña-Mora with the award at a Building Congress Board of Directors meeting on November 15. To read more, please click here.
   Fordham University recently launched the Fordham Real Estate Institute at Lincoln Center, a new, innovative program providing professional certificate programs. Students can pursue a six-course certificate, or take select courses, in four areas: Finance and Investment, Financial Modeling, Development, and Construction Project Management. Areas of study range from valuation and private equity to investment analysis and project management. To learn more about the launch of the program, please click here.

    The Building Congress New York City Construction Outlook 2015-2017 was recently awarded best Brochure Design as part of the 53rd Annual American Graphic Design Awards, presented by Graphic Design USA. The 2015 report was designed by Ruzow Graphics. For more information about the American Graphic Design Awards, please click here.

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

Abatement Unlimited, Ltd.
ABM Systems
B. Thayer Associates
Batska Consulting Group
Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
DESIGN 2147 Limited
Greater Jamaica Development Corp.
KORLEY Engineering Consultants LLC
Marvel Architects
MCR Development
Monadnock Construction Inc.
New York Energy Consumers Council
Project Tactical Solutions
T.Y. Lin International
The Community Preservation Corporation
The New York Landmarks Conservancy
The Venetian Group
York Analytical Laboratories, Inc.
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