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[23 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Hotel Indigo, a brand of the InterContinental Hotels Group, started construction at 8-12 Maiden Lane in the Financial District on October 15.
The 90,000 s/f structure designed by Gene Kaufman Architect has 24 stories and 190 rooms as well as a ground-floor restaurant and a rooftop bar.
The hotel’s design is a mix of old and new. The façade combines old-school masonry, for the bottom third, with sleek, modern glass, for the upper stories.
The interiors, which GKA also designed, use muslin and other fabrics that call to mind Maiden Lane’s history as …

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[23 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Mancini•Duffy has completed the transformation of Normandy Real Estate Partners’ 35-story, 749,040 s/f office tower, 575 Lexington Avenue.
The firm’s design created an inviting lobby, new storefront, grand entrance, state-of-the-art elevator cabs, and a high-definition media wall.
This was Mancini•Duffy’s first collaboration with Normandy; presently, the firm is working on the renovation of another building in the developer’s portfolio, 125 West 25th Street.
“Mancini•Duffy is proud to once again work with Normandy Real Estate Partners on its asset at 575 Lexington Avenue,” said Christian Giordano, president of Mancini•Duffy.
“We’re passionate about creating inviting and …

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[23 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

Skyline Restoration, Inc. has received a North American Copper Award from the Copper Development Association for its historic restoration of a copper clad and slate cupola and roof and newly created copper spire crowning a landmark site in Tribeca.
Formerly known as The NYMEX, the headquarters of the NY Mercantile Exchange at 6 Harrison Street, the 1884 building was originally designed by Thomas R. Jackson in the Romanesque Revival style and now houses office space.
B&B Sheet Metal fabricated the copper and steel components that Skyline installed; all parties collaborated on the …

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[23 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

CNY Construction announced that the firm was selected to serve as construction manager for the new mixed-use retail and office building at 860 Washington Street.
860 Washington Street is being developed by Property Group Partners on a site directly abutting The High Line at West 13th Street.
The building will contain 126,000 s/f on 12 stories, and has been designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
The first two floors will be used for retail space and the remaining floors will contain state-of-the-art office space.
The building’s modern architectural features will include a glass curtain …

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[23 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG) named George J. Pierson, president and chief executive officer of Parsons Brinckerhoff, as EFCG 2014 CEO of the Year.
The award is given annually to the leader of an engineering/consulting firm that, in EFCG’s judgment, deserves recognition for effectiveness over a number of years in preservation and creation of value for his or her firm.
Pierson was presented with the award during the 25th annual EFCG CEO Conference for Engineering and Consulting Firms in New York City, which brought together 250 leaders of international engineering/consulting firms …

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[23 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

“Our roster grows as more remarkable women achieve excellence and prominence in the industry,” said Lenore Janis, president of Professional Women in Construction (PWC), introducing the honorees at PWC’s annual Salute to Women of Achievement luncheon held October 15 at Club 101 in New York City.
Connie DeLaigle, Port Authority of NY & NJ (PANYNJ), was the event chair.
Janis paid tribute to the presidents of two of PWC’s chapters, Carolyn Kurth, CPA, CFE, senior manager at CohnReznick, president of PWC-CT and “one of the founders of the first PWC chapter”; and …

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[23 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]
Luxury home builders drive construction to record-setting levels

Driven by an unprecedented surge in high-end residential construction, as well as by continued strength in the commercial and government sectors, New York City construction activity is brushing up against the heights experienced during the boom years of 2007 and 2008.

In its annual New York City Construction Outlook, the New York Building Congress forecasts $32.9 billion New York City construction spending in 2014, a 17 percent increase from 2013, when spending reached $28.2 billion.

Construction spending is expected to increase further — to $35.3 billion in 2015 and $35.6 billion in 2016. If the forecast holds, it will mark the first time that construction spending has topped $32 billion.

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[23 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]
Invention that could turn project opponents into supporters

A new gadget could help developers turn project opponents into supporters.

Called OWLS, the 300-pound, metal-covered machines look much like the binoculars atop the Empire State Building.

But look through the eye piece, and one sees a rendering of what the surrounding neighborhood might look like post-development.

“People tend to fear what they don’t understand,” said inventor Aaron Selverston, who came up with the idea after years working in the building approval process.

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[21 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]
Cove developers sent back to drawing board

City councillors on Monday sent Astoria Cove developer Alma Realty back to the drawing board with plans for a 1,700 unit Queens waterfront development.

Multiple council members pledged to vote against the project unless Alma increases the number of affordable apartments that it plans to include in the 2.2. million s/f development and commits to hiring union laborers.

“The current proposal includes affordable apartments that will actually be too expensive for the area and doesn’t capture what real Astorians need,ˮ said Councilman Costa Constantinides.

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[19 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

REMCO, the architectural surface restoration and maintenance company, held its company picnic at the Platzl Brauhaus, a corporate picnic and conference center in Pomona, NY. More than 100 employees and their family members attended the festive gathering, which included food, football, ping pong, bocci and miniature golf.

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