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Long Island City Looks Forward to the Completion of Skyline Tower

Exterior work on Skyline Tower, which is now the tallest building in Queens and the rest of the outer boroughs, is beginning to wrap up as of December 16. Permits were initially filed in February 2016, but initial construction was slightly delayed because of its proximity to LaGuardia airport; initial permits wanted the 68-story skyscraper to be 79 stories tall. As of December 2020, the exterior façade is nearly finished, and the product is near completion.

What Are the Specifics of the Skyline Tower?

The 68-story building is located at 23-15 44th Drive in Long Island City in Queens and residential. Upon completion, it will contain 802 condominiums throughout its 68 floors. The building is 778 feet tall and was designed by Hill West Architects, with the residences themselves designed by Whitehall Interiors. The project has been developed by United Construction & Development Group, FSA Capital, and Risland US Holdings, LLC, with a total overall cost of approximately $1 billion. 

What Are Specifics for Potential Residents?

Amenities within the condo complex for residents include:

  • A fitness center with a swimming pool
  • A sauna and spa
  • A yoga room
  • A laundry room
  • A children’s playroom
  • Several lounges for residents

Another amenity for residents includes an entrance to the Court Square–23rd Street subway station on the ground floor to have easy access to the subway. Each condominium’s estimated cost ranges between $500,000 to $4 million, a slightly more affordable price than downtown Manhattan condos. Developers are hoping to attract residents who want a luxury condominium’s amenities but are willing to live outside of Manhattan. 

The Skyline Tower is close to the 7, G, E, M, N, R, and W trains, making it an easy commute for residents. For those who commute by car, the Queensboro Bridge is a short drive from the Skyline Tower, as is the Queens Midtown Tunnel at 21st Street leads into Manhattan. 

When Is the Project Expected to Complete?

As of December 2020, the ground level still shows a steel barrier around the perimeter, so there is some work to be completed at the ground level and the facade itself. Workers dropped the exterior hoist in mid-December 2020, and the gaps must be filled in on the western side, which is clearly visible. However, most of the work is completed, and it is expected that the project will finish soon. Developers do expect the project to complete in the first half of 2021. 

Murdock Solon Architects Eyes Historic East Village Building for Renovation, Submits Proposals

While infrastructure, housing, and commercial ventures remain a steady demand in Manhattan’s bustling construction market, the area of historical preservation remains a common area of negotiation in a community that values both progress and reverence for its rich history and landmarks. 

Over the past several years, many progressive New York City efforts have gone toward reworking older structures into habitable, modern spaces, a trend seen in projects such as the Empire State Dairy. Like it, there often comes a caveat to do with preserving the appearances of the original buildings, many of which, however, faded and obscure, often hold great historical significance to the area. 

In similar fashion, Murdock Solon Architects has turned its gaze on the site of Bath House Studios, one of Manhattan’s premier event rental properties. Formerly the site of one of New York City’s fifteen public baths, the design firm has begun submitting proposals to the Landmark Preservation Commission to restore the original façade as well as make major updates to the interior. 

538-540 East 11th Street, Bath House Studios, and History

Bath House Studios stands to benefit from a full restoration of the historic façade, as its identity is clearly tied with the facility’s history that once stood behind it. 

The 538-540 East 11th Street former Free Public Bath is one of the better-preserved examples of its kind, built in the early 1900s at a time when the largely immigrant population did not have access to baths within their own homes. It remained open until the 1950s. In the mid-90s, the location was converted into the private studio of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Eddie Adams. 

Vacated in 2004 after Adams’ unfortunate passing, the site would be designated a landmark in 2008.

What Will the Bath House Studio Project Involve?

The smallest changes to be made at 538-540 East 11th Street will happen indoors. The building’s ultra-modern interiors (including two studio venues and one residence) contrast heavily with the preserved exterior and call for the installation of a new A/C unit, new hardwood floors throughout, and a remodel of one of the kitchen areas. Windows on multiple floors will also be replaced.

The most significant efforts will go into that historic facade and the entryway. Originally designed by Arnold William Brunner, the facade features a familiar Neo-Italian Renaissance design that distinguishes it from other buildings on the street. These features will need to be preserved in exacting detail. Part of the work will be to better marry the more modern features that have been added in the time since the original bath house’s closure with that original, classic design. 

Current plans—as they are written—involve a deep cleaning and repair work on the front elevation, to start, where weather stains and some damage are visible from the street. It will also involve adding a new metal gate at the entrance and trading out the current electrical lamp fixtures for flame-lit ones. New hand railings and treads on the entryway stairs will be installed, and finally, a number of windows are expected to be replaced. 

The timeline for completion has not yet been announced. 

New York To Restart Construction, Manufacturing in Upstate New York in Mid-May As Part of Reopening Plan

On Sunday, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced the state’s general reopening plan, which will have a regional phased approach. After May 15, Phase One would begin in lesser hit areas and include construction.

“Phase one of reopening will involve construction and manufacturing activities, and within construction and manufacturing, those businesses that have a low risk,” said Cuomo Sunday.

It will start upstate.  The hard-hit downstate areas, including New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County are likely to have an extension of the PAUSE guidelines beyond the May 15 expiration of the current order.

When projects restart, workers will have to abide by public health guidelines. Industry leaders are working with the state and individual businesses will be tasked with creating a plan to get back to work while keeping the novel coronavirus infections at bay.

There will be 14 days between phases with the state monitoring health numbers and looking for flare-ups before moving to the next step.

Phase two will open certain industries based on priority and risk level. Businesses considered “more essential” with inherent low risks of infection in the workplace and to customers will be prioritized, followed by other businesses considered “less essential” or those that present a higher risk of infection spread. As the infection rate declines, the pace of reopening businesses will be increased.

Gary LaBarbera, the president of Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, released a statement, agreeing with Cuomo’s decision to put construction first.

“It makes perfect sense for the construction industry to be at the front end of the remobilization of the work force,” Labarbera said in a statement.

New York Shuts Down Non-Essential Construction

Today governor Andrew Cuomo will order the closure non-essential construction sites around the state, as of Friday April 3. The new order will mean most work at residential and commercial buildings will not continue. Public works, transportation, and infrastructure projects will be exempt, along with construction involving hospitals and medical facilities and work on affordable housing.
All non-essential work must be shut down by Friday April 3 and sites will be closed until April 21.
There had been growing concern for the safety of workers in the pandemic. The Building Trades Employers Association (BTEA) supports the decision, the organization’s president and CEO Louis J. Colletti said in a statement.
“We have supported the governor’s efforts to keep construction sites open,” Colletti said. “However the current state of escalating COVID-19 cases confirms the Governor’s prudent action today.”

Report: Construction Slows on Much Needed Bridge Repairs Across U.S.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) released its 2019 Bridge Report, and it is a good news/bad news (mostly the latter).

While there are fewer structurally deficient bridges than the year before, construction to fix them has slowed to the point where it would take 80 years to make the needed significant repairs, according to the report. That is not a good trend when the more than 47,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country are in need of “urgent” repairs.

Based on data from 2018, the “highlights” of the findings include:

  • Four out of 10 bridges need to be replaced or repaired
  • 47,052 of America’s 616,087 bridges are rated “structurally deficient” and need urgent repairs
  • The pace of repair in 2018 slowed compared to previous years—with only a 1 percent net reduction of deficient structures.
  • Americans cross these deficient bridges 178 million times a day.
  • Average age of a structurally deficient bridge is 62 years, compared to 40 years for non-deficient bridges.
  • 235,020 (38 percent) of U.S. bridges have identified repair needs.
  • 18,842 (1 in 3) Interstate highway bridges have identified repair needs

The report breaks down the crumbling infrastructure by state.

Rhode Island ranked first on the list by the percentage of deficient bridges with more than 23 percent of its 780 bridges found to be structurally deficient. Pennsylvania was fifth on the list with 3,770 of its 22,737 bridges listed as deficient, which is more than 16 percent. New York was 13th (1,757 out of 17,521/10 percent). New Jersey was 23 (544 out of 6,746, 8.1 percent).

Northeast Projects At Risk of Delay, Defunding To Pay for Border Wall

There are many government construction projects in the Northeast that could be delayed and millions of dollars in funds may be diverted to pay for President Trump’s Border Wall. The  Department of Defense list of military projects that could potentially be impacted was released this week by a senator on the Senate Armed Services Committee.

In New Jersey, a $41 million construction project at Picatinny Arsenal is at risk of being delayed, but the four projects—including work on electrical systems and mechanical systems, as well as exterior renovations and  cleaning and repairing lift stations and catch basins—totaling more than $100 million for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst would go ahead as planned because those contracts are scheduled to be awarded in March, April, May and September, and the Defense Department said it would not divert funding from projects scheduled to begin before Oct. 1, according to NJ.com.

In New York, The U.S. Military Academy in West Point could lose up to $160 million designated for a new engineering center and parking centerArmy Times reported.

Four projects in Pennsylvania are at risk, including a $71 million submarine propeller manufacturing facility in Philadelphia. In Delaware, the $39 million aircraft maintenance building at Dover Air Force could be delayed, according to Delaware Business Now.

As of now, no project would be cancelled to fund the Border Wall, the Pentagon said. But for that to hold true, Congress must approve the request to fully replenish the funds, according to the Army Times.

CIS Leads for Subcontractors

By Bari Faye Siegel

(This article was originally published in July/August 2011 in the New York Subcontractors Trade Association’s Subcontractors News magazine.)

In this market, getting jobs isn’t easy. Competition is fierce. There’s usually some  other company standing by, ready to swoop in and offer a low bid.

As a subcontractor working in the nation’s busiest tri-state area, you have to get up earlier than the earliest worm to nail the best jobs. You need connections. You need information. And you need resources. Without those three tools in your belt, you have very little chance of gaining a strategic edge over the competition.

CIS Leads, the only local project lead service, is designed to help subcontractors find work as soon as the projects are posted. Subscribers to CIS Leads are able to make connections and be proactive in their marketing efforts. Find out all the details of posted jobs, track the contractors who are bidding and find out how your company can win a piece of the work.

Dominic Pillari is chief project manager at Cruz Contractors LLC in Holmdel, N.J., a utility contractor specializing in micro-tunneling. Prior to learning about CIS-Leads, Pillari was using Dodge Reports and “paying a lot of money for it,” he said.

Everyday, after reading about the newly posted jobs, Pillari decides which job owner or municipalities to follow up with before bidding. “The service enables me, within 20 minutes, to search all the all the jobs that are out for bid in the NY-NJ area.”

Cruz Contractors can even go after parts of a “monster job,” Pillari explained, because he can directly contact the contractor bidding on the job to get involved as a sub.

When Don Colabella founded CIS 20 years ago, it was the premiere project lead service in the industry. It still is. “When I was an engineer, I relied on the newspapers for information. I realized I wasn’t finding out about jobs until it was too late and thought that there has to be a better way.”

CIS offers another product in addition to its popular CIS-Leads service. C-Source is an online directory that allows users to access details and descriptions on over 18,000 subcontractors, material suppliers, equipment dealers and other professional services.

Think of it from the Prime’s point of view: Sifting through lists of subcontractors in an effort to narrow down the field of possible go-to firms can be a labor intensive, time consuming task. What if it was easy to find the exact subcontractor they need for a job?

What if that subcontractor was YOU?

“Of course, if prime contractors have the time and energy, they can obtain a list of the applicable unions in the region, get their list of subcontractors, and start making phone calls,” said CIS President Chris Colabella. “If they are lucky, some of the options may have websites and/or email addresses listed; this could cut down on the cold calling.

“However, there is a better way. C-Source is free, easy and takes a lot of the guesswork out of finding the best subcontractors out there to meet project needs. As a subcontractor working in the NY Metro Area, you need to be listed on C-Source – no question about it.”

Just ask Digby Ferrara of Top One Maintenance in Staten Island. Top One was getting most of its work through word of mouth until Ferrara found out about CIS. CIS-Leads give Ferrara’s company an advantage when it comes to getting first in line with Prime Contractors on NYC Parks jobs. His free listing and paid advertisement on C-Source has been worth every penny, as well.

Ferrara checks out CIS-Leads every day and looks at the updated bidders’ listings. “If I see there is a contractor who has picked up plans, I can call them and find out if they are truly bidding it and ask if I can shoot them a number.”

Unless you have CIS you are feeling around in the dark, said Top One Maintenance’s Ferrara. “This is a numbers game and you are not going to get every job. So you have to talk to people to build your business. If you don’t have access to CIS, you are missing out.”

Find out more about CIS Leads and C-Source, the most robust online directory for the construction industry, at www.cis-csource.com. Or call 973-492-0509 for a more information or a free demonstration on how the products can work for your company.