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Association News - May 2009

GNYCUC Focuses on Infrastructure Development

Group holds seminar to brace industry for 2009 downturn. Also, BTEA announces 2009 officers.

Forum Preps Industry for Slowdown

The Greater New York Construction User Council recently hosted a seminar, “Infrastructure in New York City: the Next Wave of Development,” to discuss the future of the industry considering the current economic issues facing the construction industry.

Pictured from left at GNYCUC’s Infrastructure event are: Sarah Berman, president of The Berman Group, Inc.; Christopher Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Elliot Sander, executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Jason Bram, economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation; Jonathan Resnick, chairman of The Greater New York Construction User Council.
Pictured from left at GNYCUC’s Infrastructure event are: Sarah Berman, president of The Berman Group, Inc.; Christopher Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Elliot Sander, executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Jason Bram, economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation; Jonathan Resnick, chairman of The Greater New York Construction User Council. (Photo courtesy of GNYCUC.)

GNYCUC invited Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Elliot Sander, executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and Christopher Ward, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with moderator Jason Bram, economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, to shed light on development in 2009.

The event discussed the likelihood of project delays and job loss in the New York area. The forum gave attendees insight into the possibility of government investment in public infrastructure in 2009 and its impact on construction in the region, according to GNYCUC.

“This event was an important opportunity for the construction industry to learn about the future of infrastructure building in New York,” explained Jonathan Resnick, chairman of GNYCUC. “These initiatives will be particularly critical to construction organizations in 2009 as we look to sustain our industry during the current downturn.”

The seminar was held at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers.

New BTEA Officers Take Charge for 2009 Term

The Building Trades Employers’ Association has recently announced its 2009 officers of the Board of Governors.

The board is comprised of seven members who are charged with ensuring the continued vitality of the $27.4 billion construction industry generated by BTEA union contractors in New York City, according to BTEA.The new officers will also assist in implementing the 2009 strategic plan, which attempts to reduce construction costs and rallies for safety.

Elected to the board are: Chairman James Abadie of Bovis Lend Lease LMB, Inc;

Vice Chairman Steven Alessio of Sweet Construction Corp.; Vice Chairman Pat Di Filippo of Turner Construction Co.; Vice Chairman Kenneth Durr of Durr Mechanical Construction, Inc.; Vice Chairman James McKenna of Hunter Roberts Construction Group; Treasurer Gene Cardoza of Cardoza Corp.; General Counsel Robert Peckar of Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

“These individuals have been steadfast leaders in all aspects of the Building Trades’ Employers Association,” said Louis Coletti, president and CEO of BTEA. “Our association is known as the public voice and advocate for union contractors in New York City and these representatives exhibit the drive, leadership skills and knowledge that it takes to continue carrying out that role.”

New ‘Creative’ Campaign for ACEC

The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York has launched its first statewide image advertising campaign, the first part of which was put on ABC Studios Jumbotron sign in Manhattan’s Times Square.

The new “Vision” campaign communicates positive aspects of the engineering profession—creativity, innovation and forward thinking—that have long been ignored or misunderstood by the public, according to ACEC New York.

“The goal of our new ad campaign is to get the general public excited about engineering, to interest young people in the profession and to communicate to policy makers and the public the intrinsic value of the profession to society’s well being,” said Hannah O’Grady, deputy executive director of ACEC New York. “Engineers’ work is essential to meeting the great challenges of our times—global competition, technological literacy and a sustainable planet. Greater understanding of the inventive role of the engineer should rightly enhance the perception of the profession and its essential, and often overlooked, contribution to our quality of life.”

The new campaign promotes the engineering profession to government agencies, policy makers, students, parents, academics and the general public. Half-page ads will run in regional and trade publications throughout New York State, with posters and billboards layered on in select markets.

BOMA Distributes Annual Pinnacle Awards

The Building Owner’s and Manager’s Association of New York has announced its annual Pinnacle Awards for the area. Fourteen honors were distributed this year, based on 82 managerial evaluation elements.

“The Pinnacle is the blueprint for success—follow the Pinnacle process and you’ll enhance your management skills,” said BOMA/NY President Angelo Grima. “The net gain is a better-managed, more competitive asset, and when you make the most out of your asset, your asset makes the most out of its bottom line.”

BOMA/NY has also announced that nominations are now being accepted for next year’s awards.

The 2008-2009 BOMA/NY Pinnacle Award winners are:

Outstanding Local Member of the Year: James Kleeman of Related Management

Historical Building Winner: 48 Wall Street
Owner: 48 Wall, LLC
Management Firm: Swig Equities, LLC
Property Manager: Phil Procopio

Government Building Winner: Alexander Hamilton US Custom House (One Bowling Green)
Owner/Management Firm: US General Services Administration
Property Manager: Om Tanjea

New Construction Winner: 555 West 18th Street (IAC Building)
Owner: IAC /InterActiveCorp
Management Firm: Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.
Property Manager: Thomas Panissidi

Civic Betterment Winner: Safe Horizon

Earth Award Winner: 7 World Trade Center
Owner/Management Firm: Silverstein Properties, Inc.
Property Manager: James Halpin

The Henry J. Muller Achievement Award (Recognizing Vision for New York): PlaNYC2030

Manager of the Year (3-10 Years Experience): Juan Machado, Property Manager, 452 Fifth Avenue, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.

Manager of the Year (Over 10 Years Experience): Richard Wallace, Vice President/Property Manager, 1290 Avenue of the Americas, Vornado Office Management, LLC

Corporate Facility Winner: 452 Fifth Avenue
Owner: HSBC Bank USA N.A.
Management Firm: Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.
Property Manager: Juan D. Machado

Renovated Building Winner: 485 Lexington Avenue
Owner/Management Firm: SL Green Realty Corp.
Property Manager: James F. Shanahan, RPA

Operating Office Building (100,000-499,999 sq ft) Winner: 120 West 45th Street (Tower 45)
Owner: SLG Tower 45 LLC
Management Firm: SL Green Realty Corp.
Property Manager: Jennifer Ciccotto

Operating Office Building (500,000 – 1,000,000 sq ft) Winner: 750 Seventh Avenue
Owner: 750 Seventh Avenue LLC
Management Firm: Hines
Property Manager: Enzo Paternostro

Operating Office Building (Over 1,000,000 sq ft) Winner: 1211 Avenue of the Americas
Owner: 1211 6th Avenue Property Owner, LLC, an affiliate of Beacon Capital partners
Management Firm: 1211 6th Avenue Property Management, LLC, with Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., as sub-agent
Property Manager: Andrew Toland

 

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