Infrastructure Week 2018:

New York City and State Government . Real Estate . Airports . Planning . Mega Developments . Transportation . Funding . Policy . Technology . Grid Transformation . REV . Design Build . Resiliency . Equity

More than any other national issue, there is common ground on investing in America’s infrastructure in both political parties, the business and labor communities, and in America’s State Houses and City Halls. Now is the time for national leaders to come together, ensure robust and sustainable federal funding, and work with communities to build transformational projects. And, it’s time for leaders at all level and across sectors to build and deploy innovative technology, policy, and finance solutions that ensure infrastructure projects are built faster, smarter, and safer. - Infrastructure Week

Session One: Monday, May 14, 2018: The Infrastructure Week 2018 Forum and Kick Off Reception

New York, City and State, has remained focused on strengthening infrastructure. This Infrastructure Forum provides a solid discourse on the requirements, planning and implementation of New York’s Infrastructure as well as the partnerships required for successful delivery to all of its stakeholders. 

 

THE PANEL:

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

New York City Housing Authority

NYSERDA

The Port Authority of NY and NJ

New York Department of Small Business Services

 

The DISCUSSION:

Affordable Housing

Municipal Capital Projects

Funding Options available through Key NYC and NYS Government Offices

Contracting Opportunities, including MWBEs

NYC Parks and Recreation: NYC Parks is the steward of more than 30,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets.

 

NYC Department of Small Business Services:The NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) provides direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. SBS works with local partners to make seed investments in maintenance, capital improvements, business recruitment, real estate development and marketing, which attract additional private investment and encourage business growth, recently including 1.17 million dollars in grant awards to boost underserved neighborhoods through community projects.

 

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD): HPD is a city government-owned real estate development company that specializes in no-frills housing. The agency has more than 2,000 employees and an annual budget of a 1 billion dollars. It administers 421a and Mitchell-Lama, tax breaks and subsidies that encourage private developers to build residential units priced below-market. 

 

New York City Housing Authority: The New York City Housing Authority's mission is to increase opportunities for low- and moderate-income New Yorkers by providing safe, affordable housing and facilitating access to social and community services. More than 400,000 New Yorkers reside in NYCHA's 326 public housing developments across the City’s five boroughs. It oversees many projects, including a recent plan to spend 200 million dollars to upgrade and replace boilers in New York City Housing Authority projects.

 

NYSERDA: The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources. These efforts are key to developing a less polluting and more reliable and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers. Collectively, NYSERDA’s efforts aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate economic growth, and reduce customer energy bills. It oversees high-profile projects such as new 3,152-panel solar rooftop onto Building 293 in the Brooklyn Navy Yards, generating 1.1 million kilowatts hours of energy per year.

 

The Port Authority of NY and NJ: The Port Authority of NY & NJ builds, operates, and maintains critical transportation and trade assets. Its network of aviation, rail, surface transportation and seaport facilities annually moves millions of people and transports vital cargo throughout the New York/New Jersey region. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, home to the iconic One World Trade Center. 

 

Infrastructure Week, Development and Infrastructure Forum and Kick Off Reception

The When and Where: Grand Central Location

Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Date: Monday, May 14, 2018

Location: Grand Central Location, 450 Lexington Avenue, New York City

Session Two: Tuesday, May 15, 2018: Infrastructure Week, The Update on Transformative Infrastructure Projects, Forum

Transportation, a critical component of New York infrastructure, is increasingly taking center stage. Private developers and local authorities are collaborating to make sure there is adequate infrastructure to accommodate mobility in and out of growth areas; and, restore dilapidated bridges, rail and commuter terminals.  Resiliency measures and equity are also pivotal concerns, during Sandy, 8.5 million public transit riders, 4.2 million drivers, and 1 million fliers were affected because vehicular tunnels, subway stations, roads, and airports were all flooded. To help prevent this in the future, the city is now working with many agencies to improve transportation responses to major events through regular resiliency planning exercises.

 

DISCUSSION:

Hudson Gateway Tunnel

Brooklyn Queens Expressway Triple Cantilever

BQX

Sheridan Expressway

Design Build

Hudson Gateway Tunnel: A program to provide desperately-needed repairs to the Hudson Gateway Tunnel, which was damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The tunnel repairs are estimated at 13 billion dollars, with a total project cost estimated at 30 billion dollars. 

 

Brooklyn Queens Expressway Triple Cantilever: The Triple Cantilever, 0.4 miles long, was built between 1944-1948 and carries the BQE on two cantilevers. The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is leading the effort to address the deteriorating conditions of the bridges, roadways, and ancillary structures, with cost estimates for the project running at 1.7 billion dollars. 

 

BQX Connector: The proposed streetcar project from Brooklyn to Queens is estimated at 2.5 billion dollars. “The BQX would be a multi-billion dollar investment bringing a modern and efficient transit option to communities along the waterfront,” said EDC’s Anthony Hogrebe, to Curbed, in a statement. 

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Sheridan Expressway: This 1.8 billion dollar project is designed to transform the South Bronx by realizing the long-sought reconstruction of the Bruckner-Sheridan Interchange. The improvements to the Sheridan will tie neighborhoods together and give residents and visitors alike a direct connection to the Bronx River waterfront and Starlight Park which have been shut off to the community by the highway for decades. 

 

Design Build: The practice of awarding a single contract for both design and construction, a suggested change to how the MTA builds new subways and commuter rail lines by the Regional Plan Association (RPA).

The When and Where: Grand Central Location

Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Location: Grand Central Location, 450 Lexington Avenue, New York City

Session Three: Tuesday, May 15, 2018: Infrastructure Week, The Redevelopment of Queens New York: Jamaica Development and Infrastructure Projects, Part One (Panel Discussion)

The Southeast Queens neighborhood of Jamaica was known for its high rate of foreclosure and low rate of economic development, but despite the failure to realize a 2007 rezoning due to the recession, new residential and commercial developments are now popping up en masse across the enclave.The area is reaping the benefits of municipal investments, the affordability mandate and the executed rezoning.

 

DISCUSSION: Jamaica Development Projects

JFK Airport

Omni New York

Jamaica Infrastructure Improvements

The Crossing at Jamaica

Station Plaza

JFK Airport Redevelopment: JFK Airport will get a 10B dollar, cutting-edge transformation, with proposed interconnected terminals and expanded roadways.The revamp will introduce an interconnected terminal layout, centralized parking lots, increased flights, new lanes (in both directions) on the chronically congested Van Wyck Expressway, and “state-of-the-art security” that would include facial recognition technology. 

 

Omni New York: Winner of the 2017 Developer of the Year Award, the Omni Organization acquires, rehabilitates, builds and manages quality affordable housing throughout the United States. Omni partners with local community and neighborhood organizations to provide vital social services as well as housing.

 

Jamaica Infrastructure Improvements: The Jamaica Infrastructure Projects are three key infrastructure improvements that will create attractive new gateways to Downtown Jamaica. These projects will set the stage for re-development and leverage the PANYNJ's 350M dollar investment in the 2003 Air Train Terminal at Jamaica Station. 

 

The Crossing at Jamaica: BRP Companies is developing two towers that will both be designed by FXFOWLE. One will rise 14 stories while the second will rise 26 stories and combined, the building will bring a total of 669 apartments along with retail space and 187 parking spaces. Being built at an estimated cost of 300 million dollars, the project has been previously billed as one of the largest investments in the area in decades.

 

Station Plaza: The developer for this project picked up the 50,000-square-foot development site for 19.5 million dollars from the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation this year. Station Plaza is the realignment of Archer Avenue at Sutphin Boulevard to provide space for a transit plaza where thousands of transit users can change modes in safe and comfortable conditions. The project will include widened sidewalks, additional bus lanes, and plazas with relocated subway exits, new light, public information systems, landscaping and bus shelters. Combined, these improvements create an appropriate public setting for the newly renovated Long Island Rail Road Jamaica Station and the AirTrain connection to JFK.

The When and Where: Grand Central Location

Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Location: Grand Central Location, 450 Lexington Avenue, New York City

Session Four: Wednesday, May 16, 2018: Infrastructure Week, Women in Infrastructure and Development PowerBreakfast

The Women's Equitable Infrastructure and Development Forum facilitates the sharing of information; widens networks; and maintains vital bridges. During Infrastructure Week a broad spectrum of senior to go getter entry level professionals from real estate, public service, infrastructure, construction, engineering, architecture as well as advisors to the industry will be convened to further trusted networks and engage in candid discussions on the growth of Women in development and infrastructure.

The Women's Equitable Infrastructure Summit attracts an influential and powerful inner circle to facilitate sharing of hard to get information; encourage women to widen their network and do business with each other; and increase their access to information.

 

DISCUSSION: in formation

  • Forecast on momentum Infrastructure Projects

  • Municipal Activity and the Agencies which foster Equity

  • Collaboration

 

Infrastructure Week, Women in infrastructure and Development  Forum

The When and Where: Grand Central Location

Time: 9:00am to 11:00am

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Location: Grand Central Location, 450 Lexington Avenue, New York City

Please note: The Women's Forum is closed to the media.

Session Five: Wednesday, May 16, 2018: Infrastructure Week, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance, Roundtable 

Diversity and Inclusion is no longer a “be or not to be” ideology. This important roundtable will discuss diversity, inclusion and compliance taking a look at the actors; the legislation and leverage that will add the remedies needed for real impact; and, those leading the charge.   

NYC Department of Small Business Services

DISCUSSION:

Compliance Challenges and Strategies 

Entities Outpacing 

States and Cities Outpacing 

What is on the Horizon for New York

The When and Where: Grand Central Location

Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Location: Grand Central Location, 450 Lexington Avenue, New York City

Please note: The Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance Roundtable is closed to the media.

Session Six: Wednesday, May 16, 2018: Infrastructure Week, Transformative Mega Projects - a special Panel Discussion with Developers and General Contractors

Private development continues to increase.  The City and State have traditionally been the main developer, owner and provider of infrastructure services in the region, but private sector participation in infrastructure development is increasing. During Infrastructure Week we are highlighting mega developments, taking a look at projects serving neighborhoods and vital economic corridors. 

DISCUSSION:

A look at Key Mega Development Projects 

How these projects are impacting neighborhoods and vital economic corridors

Contracting Opportunities

Design Build

Infrastructure Week, The Contractors Breakfast, ROUNDTABLE 

The When and Where: Grand Central Location

Time: 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Location: Grand Central Location, 450 Lexington Avenue, New York City

Session Seven: Thursday, May 17, 2018: Infrastructure Week, Zoning NYC, PowerBreakfast

New York City successfully rezoned key corridors to achieve affordability goals and activate the economic potential of neighborhoods. Zoning establishes limits on the use, size, and shape of buildings, with numerous zoning districts mapped in the city’s diverse neighborhoods to reflect their varying density and character. These limits help give shape to neighborhoods and predictability to their future. But sometimes they also have unintended consequences, discouraging the very types of outcomes they were intended to encourage. New York City is experiencing one of the greatest periods of capital planning and infrastructure development in recent history, be present and engage.

 

PANEL

New York City Department of City Planning

New York City Economic Development Corporation, pending

MTA

New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development

 

DISCUSSION: 

Capital, Upcoming NYC Economic Development Focus and Initiatives

Capital, New York City Housing Preservation and Development, Incentives and Leverage

Capital, Upcoming NYC Transit Authority Initiatives and Investment Priorities

Zoning, Overview of the 95 Block Jerome Avenue Rezoning Plan

Zoning, Overview of Far Rockaway Rezoning Plan

Zoning, Overview of the East Harlem Rezoning Plan

 

The When and Where: 

Time: 9:00am to 11:00am

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Location: Colgate Palmolive Building, 300 Park Avenue, NYC

Session Eight: Thursday, May 17, 2018: Infrastructure Week, Resiliency and Sustainability Forum, Panel Discussion

Meet the executives in both city and state agencies charged with New York’s resiliency and sustainability initiatives aa well as those in private firms leading the way.  In addition, we will discuss what Con Edison is doing to enhance and improve the approach to utility investment and deployment. 

DISCUSSION: in formation

Municipal discussion on Resiliency and Sustainability Initiatives as well as new Local Laws

Private Sector discussion on Resiliency and Sustainability Initiative

Con Edison Investment and Deployment

 

The When and Where: 

Time: 2pm to 4pm

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Location: Colgate Palmolive Building, 300 Park Avenue, NYC

Session Nine: Thursday, May 17, 2018: Infrastructure Week, The Redevelopment of Queens New York: Expansive Development and Infrastructure Projects, Part Two (Panel Discussion)

The Redevelopment of Queens New York: Expansive Development and Infrastructure Projects, Part Two

Discussion: Expansive Development and Infrastructure Projects, in formation

DISCUSSION:

Hunters Point South

Willets Point Development

Sunnyside Yard

Hunters Point South: A 500 million dollar, two-towered development that will hold 1,120 apartments total, of which 900 will be designated permanently affordable.There will also be as much as 40,000 square feet of retail and community facility space. According to the WSJ, there may be a medical facility, grocery store, or space dedicated to arts and culture. 

 

Willets Point Development: After nearly being derailed, this megaproject is back on. Related Companies and the Wilpon family (which owns the New York Mets) are slated to helm this redevelopment project. This time, the project will include 1,100 affordable apartments, while plans for a 200-store shopping mall have been scrapped. Current estimates for the project come in at 385 million dollars.

Sunnyside Yard: This is the city’s 19 billion dollar proposal to deck over exposed rail yards in Sunnyside to create a platform for parks, schools, retail, and thousands of new apartments. Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU), the studio founded by former SHoP Architects partner Vishaan Chakrabarti, has been tapped through a request for proposals to conceptualize what the Queens megaproject could look like. 3

The When and Where: 

Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Updated Location: Colgate Palmolive Building, 300 Park Avenue, NYC

Event Type: Mega Development and Infrastructure Forum and Networking Mixer,

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About Infrastructure Week:

Infrastructure Week is a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens around one message: It’s #TimeToBuild. From May 14-18, leaders and citizens around America will highlight state of our nation’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid, and more – and encourage policymakers to invest in the projects, technologies, and policies necessary to make America competitive, prosperous, and safe.

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