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News

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

August 8, 2018

     In July, we co-sponsored a special seminar on market share. WC&C professionals gathered together with the Building Contractor’s Association and the Greater New York Floor Coverers Association for a presentation by FMI detailing an assessment of the New York District Council’s share of the New York City construction market. The survey and assessment was sponsored by the Carpenter Contractor Alliance of Metropolitan New York. It’s a topic that is always a top priority to union contractors....

May 10, 2018

            Special programs and events are an important part of WC&C’s services to our members and we’ve been busy on this front. Part of our plan is to sponsor several seminars each year.  We’ve already held two in 2018.  I hope you’ve taken advantage of them.

             The first, titled “Turning Your Project Managers into Business Managers”, was a feature presentation by FMI in which members were given valuable insights into entrepreneurism and relationshi...

February 26, 2018

     We’re fast running out of Winter 2018 and getting ready for a busy spring season in New York City. There is a lot of work out there and more to be had. Hudson Yards continues moving through its phenomenal growth. Essex Crossing’s development in the heart of the Lower East Side is expected to continue through 2024. With over 1.9 million square feet, Essex Crossing represents one of the most significant urban renewal developments in the history of New York City.

   

     Brooklyn...

November 17, 2017

From a construction standpoint, last year was one of the most productive in city history. According to the New York Building Congress it is safe to assume that New York has not witnessed this level of production since the early 1970s.

To maintain our place in the bidding wars we have to be even more frugal in our operations and run a tighter ship. Think new software, better use of communications, better management techniques.

We also need to have a robust workforce that supports the right people i...

August 30, 2017

WC&C is a consortium of business leaders. Many of you founded your companies. Others continue a family tradition. Some came on board along the way and are building the firm you lead. The common thread that binds each of us together is a deep-seated love of the construction industry and the wonderful feeling of accomplishment good leadership brings.

But running a business, particularly one of skilled craftsmen and growing it, requires constant growing of our personal skills. That’s why AWCI’s an...

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