Showing posts with label construction. Show all posts
Showing posts with label construction. Show all posts

Dec 8, 2013

NYC Employment By Industry

REBNY research reports the employment recovery in NYC and the country since the financial 
crisis in 2008 has been sluggish. Although jobs have increased overall in the city, some industries 
are faring better than others.

The largest gainer in employment over the period from the October bottom of the recession to now was Educational Services with an increase of 22.5%  Important for the office market, Professional and Business Services increased 13.6% from the October low of the recession.  

Also important for the office market, Financial Activities, is only up 3.5% from October 2009. 
Construction employment is still down .8% from October 2009 despite signs of new residential 
and office development around the city.

                        NYC Employment Oct. 2009               NYC Employment Oct. 2013

All Industries 3,688.70 3,999.90
Professional and Business Services 563.3 640
Health Care and Social Services 575.4 627.7
Financial Activities 427.1 442.1
Leisure and Hospitality 314.9 379.4
Retail Trade 296.3 339.1
Education Services 171.6 210.2
Construction 120.1 119.1
Real Estate 108.3 110.3

Change in Employment % Change in Employment
All Industries 311.20 8.4%
Professional and Business Services 76.7 13.6%
Health Care and Social Services 52.3 9.1%
Financial Activities 15 3.5%
Leisure and Hospitality 64.5 20.5%
Retail Trade 42.8 14.4%
Education Services 38.6 22.5%
Construction -1 -0.8%
Real Estate                                           2 1.8%
Source: NYS Department of Labor
Numbers in thousands

REBNY Research Department

Jan 23, 2012

NYC Construction Permits Increased in 2011

NYC announced today an 18 percent decrease in construction-related accidents in New York City for 2011, despite a 7.7 percent increase in the issuance of construction permits citywide. 

Construction-related injuries also decreased across the City last year – falling from 165 reported accidents in 2010 to 152 in 2011, a reduction of 7.8 percent.

In addition to increased enforcement, expanded outreach to construction industry members and greater cooperation by builders throughout the City, the Department of Buildings has implemented more than 25 new construction safety laws since 2008 to enhance public safety and provide businesses and developers with the confidence to invest in New York City, create good-paying jobs and promote economic growth.

While there were notable decreases in construction-related accidents and injuries, the number of initial construction permits – including new buildings, major and minor alterations and demolitions – increased by 7.7 percent from 80,675 to 86,895 in 2011. This marks the third consecutive year where the issuance of permits has increased, fueled by a rise in small-scale construction, a positive sign for both the construction industry and the economic future of the City.

Examples of the new initiatives launched by the Department of Buildings in recent years to enhance public safety, provide greater oversight and increase industry awareness include:
  • First revision of the City’s construction codes in 40 years, which took full effect in 2009 and expanded safety requirements during the construction process;
  • More than 25 new construction safety laws, including a smoking ban on all construction sites, mandatory training for all tower crane workers and requiring the uniform color coding and regular pressure testing of standpipe sprinkler systems;
  • Creation of a Stalled Sites Unit that has conducted more than 14,000 inspections of stalled construction sites to ensure properties are maintained in a safe manner;
  • Creation of a site safety program for major construction projects that allows contractors to submit plans for an enhanced review by Department experts; and
  • Launch of Experience Is Not Enough, a citywide safety campaign to encourage construction workers to use proper fall protection, such as safety harnesses, guardrails or nets. More than 12,000 banners, bracelets and posters were distributed to construction sites across the City.

Dec 8, 2011

Urban Umbrella the New NYC Sidewalk Sheds

(Photo Credit: Edward Reed)
A Welcome Change from Conventional Scaffolding

New York City unveiled the first prototype of the Urban Umbrella, the winning design from the urbanSHED International Design Competition. The competition was held to create a new design for sidewalk sheds – temporary structures built to protect pedestrians during construction – which had not been updated in more than 60 years in New York City. The prototype of the new state-of-the-art sidewalk shed was unveiled at 100 Broadway, a 24-story building in Lower Manhattan.

The Urban Umbrella features several new elements that are expected to transform the look of the City’s streetscapes and significantly improve upon the current model. 

The new structure, which is primarily comprised of recycled steel, translucent plastic panels and LED lighting, brings more air and natural light to the sidewalk and increases building visibility to help businesses attract customers during construction operations. 

The sleek design also limits obstructions to allow for more pedestrian traffic and increases visibility at night because of its strategic lighting. The design is safer than the current model because it is more resistant to the forces associated with falling debris, vehicle accidents and strong winds.

(images from the Mayor's Office)
Supported by the Alliance for Downtown New York and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City through a grant from REBNY, the Urban Umbrella was constructed to incorporate new safety and aesthetic features that vastly improve the pedestrian experience.

Sidewalk sheds are required during construction of new buildings 40 feet or higher and the demolition of buildings 25 feet or higher. There are approximately 6,000 sheds installed in New York City.

Significant features of the Urban Umbrella include:

  • Graceful lighting strategy that enhances storefronts
  • Translucent overhead panels that transmits natural ambient light to the sidewalk
  • Horizontal load equal to 2% of its vertical load
  • Elimination of cross-bracing that visually obstructs storefronts and building entrances
  • 300 pounds per square foot load capacity to protect the public from falling debris and allow for safe construction above
  • Adjustable feet that pivot and extend to accommodate changes in sidewalk pitch, eliminating the need for wood shims

To order the Urban Umbrella, contact the Agencie Group at


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