Pinnacle Awards Unveiled
The Building Owners and Managers Association
of Greater New York recently presented its 2004-05 Pinnacle
Awards, its Academy Awards-inspired banquet. The awards were
the culmination of an eight-month competition in which New
York's leading owners and managers vied for recognition in
a judged contest.
And the winners are
- Best New Construction: 300 Madison
Avenue (owner - Brookfield Financial Properties)
- Best Renovated Building: 500 Park
Avenue (owner - PPF OFF 500 Park Avenue LLC; management
company - Jones Lang La Salle Americas)
- Civic Betterment: the Children's
- Outstanding Local Member: Desmond
Burke, president of Firequench, Inc.
- Henry J. Muller Achievement Award
Recognizing Vision for New York: the New York City Department
ACEC Selects Engineering Excellence
The American Council of Engineering Companies, an engineering
industry association based in Washington, D.C., has selected
several New York companies as finalists in its 39th annual
Engineering Excellence Awards competition.
The association selected the New York-based team of Parsons
Transportation Group and Langan Engineering and Environmental
Services as a finalist for the design and construction of
the Rion-Antirion Bridge, which spans the Gulf of Corinth
between Peloponnese and northern Greece.
Another finalist is Haks Engineers and Land Surveyors of
New York in recognition of its surveys for the proposed Cross-Harbor
Rail Freight Tunnel in the counties bordering New York Harbor.
The association named Daniel Frankfurt P.C. of New York
as a finalist for two different projects - designing the restoration
of Stuyvesant Cove Park in Manhattan and designing a temporary
outboard roadway on the East River to detour traffic during
rehabilitation of the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive,
also in Manhattan.
A joint venture of Metcalf & Eddy of Wakefield, Mass.,
and Hazen and Sawyer of New York also ranked as a finalist
for preparing the Environmental Impact Statement for proposed
improvements to the Croton Water Treatment Plant in New York.
Irish Builders Host Green Forum
The Irish American Building Society recently hosted a forum
to promote green practices in the construction industry. The
four-member panel included New York City Council Member James
Gennaro of Queens; Jeremy Reiss, director of Urban Agenda,
a project of the N.Y.C. Labor Council and Queens College Labor
Resource Council; and Gerry Keogh, an IABS board member and
attorney with McGoldrick & Keogh.
The fourth panelist was Dean Zias, city outreach director
for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's
Energy Smart Communities initiative. He warned that in 50
years, energy use is slated to increase by 300 percent, making
green construction not only smart business but a necessity.
IBEW Noted for Volunteering
Rebuilding Together Bergen County, a non-profit organization
that runs a home repair and renovation program, recently honored
members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Local 164, based in Paramus, N.J., for their volunteer efforts.
The annual nationwide event - which helps low-income homeowners
who are elderly, have disabilities, or children - involved
the renovation of 12 homes and two non-profit institutions
in Bergen County last year.
Association Reviews Real Estate
The New York State Bar Association's Real Property Law Section
recently sponsored a special forum on building security issues
at the group's annual meeting in New York. The event included
a presentation by Edward Levy, a retired lieutenant colonel
from the U.S. Army's military police unit, and Craig Kravit
of iVision International.
Levy spoke about how landlords and major corporate tenants
are dealing with today's security issues, while Kravit addressed
the proper methods for employing background checks and private
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