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[1 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

In the aftermath of the Avalon Edgewater Building Fire, the New Jersey chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) has announced the formation of a task force of member architects to review possible improvements to design practices and building codes and standards in order to enhance building safety in New Jersey.
The Task Force will examine various issues specific to lightweight wood-framed buildings and make recommendations that, if implemented, could reduce property damage, provide additional time for people to reach safety, and allow the fire service more time to effectively …

Construction & Design, Retail »

[1 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

McGowan recently completed the architectural addition of a new multi-level commercial and retail space, lobby and outdoor tenant amenity space at Leader House.
The 30-story residential property is located on Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side.
Originally developed in 1968, Leader House is owned by Starrett Development. The building’s original design included a large pedestrian plaza directly in front overlooking Columbus Avenue.
Starrett Development identified an opportunity to create a new commercial and retail space, including a new building lobby, by recapturing the plaza sidewalk space and replacing it with a with …

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[1 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

WSP, the international engineering and environmental consulting firm, has integrated the Washington, D.C. office of Halsall, the Toronto-based building enclosure specialist group from Parsons Brinkerhoff, into WSP’s Buildings practice in the United States.
David Cooper, the USA region’s chief commercial officer and president of the Buildings practice, made the announcement.
WSP’s acquisition of Parsons Brinckerhoff in 2014 included Halsall.
“We seek to provide our clients with a full complement of services that best support the creation and development of distinguished and sustainable buildings,” said Cooper.
“Combining Halsall’s expertise in building enclosures with Built Ecology …

Brokers Weekly, Construction & Design »

[1 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

The New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) authorized construction of 20,329 residential units in 1,513 buildings in 2014, an 11 percent increase (in units) from 2013, when permits were issued for 18,378 units in 1,383 buildings, according to a New York Building Congress analysis of U.S. Census data.
This marks the fifth consecutive year that the number of authorized residential units has increased from the previous year. In addition to the double-digit percent increase from 2013, the number of permits issued in 2014 was up 84 percent from 2012, when …

Brokers Weekly, Construction & Design »

[1 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

A mixed-use project at 11 Greene Street designed by Gwathmey Siegel Kaufman & Associates Architects and unanimously approved by the Landmark Preservation Commission (LPC) will break ground next month.
Fourteen years, two downturns and two bankruptcies after the project was first announced, the long planning process for the Gene Kaufman-designed building has finally reached fruition.
Gwathmey Siegel’s success with 11 Greene is especially noteworthy given the staying power required to complete a project begun in 2001 and repeatedly halted over almost a decade and a half as first one developer and then …

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[1 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

The Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) held a special panel discussion with industry experts on the planned development and construction of New York City’s largest airports.
Held in the officers of Herrick, Feinstein LLP, the event attracted over 60 members and industry stakeholders.
Speakers included Angelo Genova, partner at Genova Burns and Former Commissioner at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; David Hopkins, senior director of aviation at the New York City Economic Development Corporation; Tom Jaske, senior vice president at Faithful+Gould; Mark Leininger, associate director at Skidmore, Owings …

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[1 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Michael Zetlin & Alana Sliwinski
Perhaps no other law in the New York construction industry prompts greater debate whether it should remain than Labor Law §240.
Known colloquially as the Scaffold Law, the statute imposes absolute liability upon owners and general contractors when workers sustain gravity related injuries, without regard to their contributing fault.
Derived from an 1885 law passed when skyscrapers first started to rise, it was an early measure to protect workers from unsafe conditions as vertical construction reached new heights.
The law applies to elevation related injuries arising during construction, …

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[1 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

Construction is underway on The AnX at 13 Grattan Street, a mixed-use artists’ work space in East Williamsburg/Bushwick designed by Gene Kaufman Architect.
Like Kaufman’s 100 Bogart Street project, currently under construction, The AnX responds to the continuing need among Brooklyn’s artists and artisans for more studio, gallery and work space.
The 23,000 sf structure will offer a combination of work-space lofts and 8,000 sf of ground-floor retail, restaurant and basement space. With its soaring 12-foot ceilings, upper-floor terraces, and large windows that bring in lots of natural light, 13 Grattan will combine …

Construction & Design, Finance & Accounting »

[1 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Ron Agababian, vice president,
Business Development, McGowan
Today, New York City continues to enjoy a strong level of real estate development, fueled by the marketplace’s appetite for new residential, municipal and commercial construction activity.
In the past, the term “developer” exclusively referred to familiar names like Durst and Rudin, iconic family developers associated with New York City’s new construction projects.
Their projects were typically conceived from the developer’s vision as they skillfully orchestrated the array of activities required to successfully add another office or residential building to their already impressive portfolios.
Construction firms …

Construction & Design, Finance & Accounting »

[1 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

By George Wilson, managing director
IVI International, a CBRE Company
Real estate investors have various options when it comes to the physical due diligence investigation of potential investments.
Not only are there multitudes of engineering inspection options — there are just as many price tags.
Choosing the engineering inspection option that is the least costly may save you money initially, but that decision could result in significant exposure for you down the road.
Debt vs. Equity Due Diligence
It is common today for equity investors to conduct what is known as debt due diligence. The problem? …

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