BTEA PUNCHLIST
FEBRUARY 11, 2011
Louis J. Coletti
President & CEO

Officers

Kenneth A. Durr
Chairman
Mechanical Contractors Association
Durr Mechanical Construction, Inc.

Steven Alessio
Vice Chairman
Building Contractors Association
Sweet Construction Corp.

Pat A. Di Filippo
Vice Chairman
Contractors' Association of Greater NY
Gene Cardoza
Vice Chairman
Association of Contracting Plumbers of the City of NY

David Pinter
Vice Chairman
National Electrical Contractors Assn. NYC Chapter

Victor Gany
Vice Chairman
Sheet Metal Contractors Assn.

Jay Badame
Treasurer
Building Contractors Association
Tishman Construction Corp.

Robert Peckar, Esq.
General Counsel
Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
WAL-MART REACHES DEAL WITH BUILDING AND CONTRUCTION TRADES COUNCIL OF GREATER NY

Wal-mart has reached a deal with the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York that union construction workers will build or renovate any stores that the retailer opens in the city during the next five years.

Facing crushing unemployment rates estimated to be 25% to 30%, the construction unions have focused on winning any jobs they can.  

The agreement applies to all construction, demolition, excavation, interior build-outs and installation of green building technologies used in new construction, renovation, restoration or retrofit work.

Both Wal-mart and the trades will recruit local residents who are interested in pursuing careers in the construction industry through apprenticeship and work force development programs.  The deal also contains provisions that ensure minorities and women are included in the construction process.

Source:  Crain’s NY Business

NUMBER OF COSNTRUCTION SITES STALLED IN NYC RISE

The number of stalled construction sites has increased by 50% in the past year and a half despite improvements in the real estate market, according to NYC Buildings Department. 

In August 2009, the year the NYC Department of Buildings began tracking stalled construction sites there were 403 halted sites.  In the month of January the total had climbed to 680.

Most developers are coming to the realization that work at their sites won't be starting anytime soon.  A lack of financing is still a problem, and no developer wants to go through the permit process more than once.

According to the most recent NYC Buildings Department’s data, Brooklyn had the most stalled construction sites with 315.

Source:  WNYC

VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR BTEA COMMITTEES TO REVIEW BUILDING AND FIRE CODES

The BTEA is still seeking additional volunteers from member associations and contractors to serve on its committees to review the New York City Building Code and Fire Code.  The City Administration is in the process of reviewing both codes with an eye towards recommending any necessary revisions to the City Council this summer.  These codes are subject to review every three years.  In the case of the Building Code, the BTEA will be focusing its efforts primarily on the Safety Code portion of this document.

If you are interested in serving on either of the BTEA’s Building Code or Fire Code Review Committees, please contact BTEA Senior Vice President Hank Kita at hkita@bteany.com.

MAKE SURE YOU’RE READY FOR GREEN BUILDING

After two years of development by the BTEA and Urban Green Council (U.S. Green Building Council of New York), GPRO: Green Professional Building Skills Training, a nationally recognized green building certificate program for contractors and trades people, is now available in New York City.  Members of the BTEA who contributed to this program include Skanska, Bovis Lend Lease, Turner Construction, Tishman Construction and Plaza Construction.

Learn how to meet the expectations of owners and tenants who want healthier, environmentally sustainable, and energy-efficient homes and offices.  GPRO is a series of courses and certificate exams that teach the people who build, renovate and maintain buildings the principles of sustainability combined with trade-specific green construction knowledge.  GPRO was created by the construction industry for the construction industry with assistance from unions, contractors and experts in each field under the auspices of USGBC’s New York outpost.  GPRO: Fundamentals of Building Green and Construction Management courses will span the “green gap” and provide trade-specific information on sustainable construction practices that you likely have not experienced on conventionally-built projects.

Courses are available to the public at LaGuardia College in Long Island City, Hostos Community College in the Bronx, and City Tech in Brooklyn.  

Private courses are also available for large groups of students.  This option is ideal for employers or associations who want an in-house training option.  Please contact Ellen Honigstock at Urban Green Council by phone (212.514.9385 x 20) or e-mail (gpro@urbangreencouncil.org)  for more information.

Available public classes are listed at www.gpro.org/calendar.  Find out more at www.gpro.org.

FDNY SEEKING VOLUNTEERS

The FDNY is seeking volunteer participants to join working groups reviewing and updating Certificate of Fitness materials for LPG and Torch Operation.  Working groups will meet for each topic approximately once a week at FDNY headquarters (Metrotech, Brooklyn) to evaluate the study guides as well as the certification tests.

Currently the panels are sourced by FDNY personnel. This is an opportunity to provide practical, construction related advice to the future of these tests. If you are interested in participating in either or both of these panels, or have additional questions, contact Carol Karlin at 212-704-9745 or by e-mail at ckarlin@bteany.com.

BTEA LEADERSHIP DINNER

Cipriani Wall Street
55 Wall Street
Tuesday, May 24, 2011