December 5, 2019

As we move through fall into the holiday season, expectations for 2020 become more prominent in our thinking. We’ve seen the job predictions. Outlook for New York City construction is good. So the question is, are we up to the new challenges facing our local construction industry in the months ahead?

Several years back, McKinsey Consultants published a very interesting report titled “Imagining construction’s digital future.” The report challenged the construction industry head-on by suggesting th...

December 5, 2019

     Should your contract documents include design delegation responsibilities, be aware of the rules and risks surrounding this practice. Competing for a project is challenging enough after reviewing hundreds of pages of specifications, plans and site specific criteria you are bound to, in addition to what you have already signed up for. That’s when the fun begins once you have been awarded the project. When assuming design delegation responsibilities it is important to protect yourself...

August 14, 2019

     Those who will be attending AWCI’s Industry Executives’ Conference and Committee Meetings in Hawaii this September not only are offered an exotic, activity-filled venue, they have a broad selection of important discussion topics in which to participate. Among these is a Prefabrication Business Forum.

     Prefabrication, or modular construction, is being debated more and more as developers, designers, and builders look to save time and money in New York City’s ever-expanding commer...

August 14, 2019

     After numerous meetings over the past two years, we have finally came to an agreement for a five year term with the New York City District Council of Carpenters.  It’s not uncommon as you grind through negotiations, communication on both sides can get extremely tense.  With that being said the passion and commitment by all parties involved to strike a deal was clearly evident.  I applaud the leadership at the New York City District Council of Carpenters for taking bold steps to help mitigat...

May 20, 2019

     Without doubt, safety is the most important consideration on every construction job, and not without reason. Construction is a dangerous business and falls are among the most prominent accidents. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees all across the country. Here in New York City a worker falling is the most common construction related  accident.

     Each year OSHA sponsors The National Safety Stand-Down to...

May 20, 2019

The history of carpentry dates back to 4,000 B.C. where the first signs of carpentry appeared in the Stone Age. Over time, carpentry has evolved into an essential skilled trade that has been used to create everything from art to architecture. From simple woodcutting to modern-day construction, carpenters have played a major role in building the world’s most prominent infrastructure. Even as technology continues to change, carpentry will continue to be one of the most vital of the skilled trades....

March 1, 2019

     Education is important to the success of WC&C member companies and we encourage young people to continue theirs. It’s just a year since the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters opened a new, state-of-the-art apprentice training center in Edison, New Jersey. In a five-year program, young men and women can learn basics to advancing to become a journeyman carpenter.

     Each year at this time WC&C opens our scholarship search to worthy young men and women. These awards...

March 1, 2019

     The longest ever shutdown of the U.S. government ended when both the Senate and the House approved a measure to temporarily reopen the federal government. But the five-week partia government shutdown cost the U.S. economy about $3 billion in forgone economic activity that won’t be recovered.


     Meanwhile, much is being discussed with regard to the U.S. and China seeking a resolution to the ongoing trade war. With representatives meeting, observers seem optimistic a...

December 18, 2018

     Recently, The Commercial Observer hosted Lou Coletti, President and CEO of the

Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA), and Frank Noviello, Field Labor

Coordinator for AECOM Tishman, for a discussion about drug & alcohol testing in

the construction industry. A topic of major interest to us all.

     The United States Department of Labor reports that in the past 10 years 15 percent of

construction workers admitted to using illicit drugs and 18 percent admitted to heavy a...

December 18, 2018

     Across the world, a surge of allegations is exposing the full extent of sexual harassment in everyday life. Entire industries now have to take a hard look at themselves

to assess the scale of the issue, and construction is no exception. Most recent revelations of workplace sexual misconduct have come from high-profile industries: movies, TV news, professional sports, performing arts, high-tech, and electoral politics, among others. But sexual harassment is just as common on many bl...

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