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A look inside the development and construction industries throughout the five boroughs, as well as Upstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut. ENR New York magazine’s new blog will deliver timely news and insightful commentary, as well as a comprehensive look at what’s being heard, overheard, and reported across the region.
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04/27/12 Viewpoint: New LSRP Program to Benefit All Stakeholders

It has been nearly three years since the New Jersey Legislature established the licensed site remediation professional (LSRP) program, which takes full effect this month. Under the New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the program requires environmental consultants to obtain LSRP licensure to oversee remediation sites and certify that work is completed in accordance with applicable state requirements.
03/12/12 Community Workforce Pacts Serve the Public Interest

Project labor agreements (PLAs) that include community workforce provisions—including targeted hiring programs and apprenticeship-use requirements—are a functional tool to generate and ensure fair access to middle-class careers in the construction industry.
07/25/11 The Role of The Owners Rep. Expands

With the Poor economy forcing owners to make tough decisions about layoffs and budget cuts, one position they should not consider eliminating is the owner's representative.
04/11/11 The Rights and Wrongs of Recession-Era Marketing

The impact of the recession on marketing departments within the A/E/C industry has been profound. A bad economy is the time when marketing your firm is more important than ever—yet, as an overhead department, it’s one of the first in a firm to face budget cuts and staff layoffs. This is the worst thing a firm can do in a bad economy, and the successful firms avoid it.
03/07/11 Hydrofracking Offers Short-Term Boom, Long-Term Bust

In February, Buffalo became the second city in the nation to ban hydrofracking, as a response to concerns over possible negative impacts of the technique used for extracting natural gas.
02/07/11 What Those Low New Jersey Gasoline Prices Mean to Me

Whenever rustics Living In Rockland County, N.Y., want to relieve some of the stress of driving in the New York City area—traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel, bumpy, pot-holed streets—we head for New Jersey to...
12/01/10 Are You Ready for the Fair Play Act?

On Oct. 26 the New York State Construction Industry Fair Play Act went into effect. This new statute is likely to have an enormous impact on the construction industry by imposing stringent requirements for any...
08/01/10 The Regrettable Need for “Constant Claiming” Against Educational Facilities

New York State Court of Appeals’ “awful decsion” emphasizes form over substance.
05/01/10 The Who, What, When, Why and How of Social Media for the A/E/C Community

Many firms in the design and construction industry are jumping in to “leverage” social media for their business without always understanding how exactly to go about it.
03/01/10 Not So Fast…

One of the most important pieces of information to anyone making a claim in court is the “statute of limitations” that applies to their particular claim.
04/01/10 Requisitions, Retainage and Contracts. . . Oh My

Getting the job is critical. But the contract, payment and invoice terms are equally as important.
01/01/10 What Green Can Do for You

Green building is no longer just a buzz word and should be taken seriously as a tool for profitability.
10/01/09 Economic Silver Lining

Even the President is saying the worst may be behind us, and while the economy is not growing at rates we were used to in previous years, it is declining at a slower rate than the first and second quarter of...
04/01/10 Requisitions, Retainage and Contracts. . . Oh My

Getting the job is critical. But the contract, payment and invoice terms are equally as important.
01/01/10 What Green Can Do for You

Green building is no longer just a buzz word and should be taken seriously as a tool for profitability.
10/01/09 Economic Silver Lining

Even the President is saying the worst may be behind us, and while the economy is not growing at rates we were used to in previous years, it is declining at a slower rate than the first and second quarter of...
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