THE AMAZON PROJECT: OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS?
Of all of the events and issues in the New York City construction industry in 2018, perhaps the most noteworthy was the recent announcement that the e-commerce behemoth, Amazon, would be designating Long Island City as the location for its future east coast headquarters (along with Crystal City, Virginia). This move promises to bring not only an estimated 25,000 jobs to the local economy, but also create thousands of others in the New York City construction industry and other economic sectors.
Within the construction industry itself, this project which is expected to unfold over the course of the next decade, will employ thousands of engineers, architects, general contractors, subcontractors, and construction tradespersons. The first segment of the Amazon project is being developed by TF Cornerstone and is expected to employ a union workforce and hopefully union contractors. In the joint announcement by Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio, the state and city said that in 2019, Amazon will occupy up to 500,000 square feet at One Court Square and will build another 4 million square feet of commercial space in the waterfront area over the next 10 years, with potential expansion up to 8 million square feet over the next 15 years.
For the initial phase of the construction project, TF Cornerstone has indicated that they will exclusively employ union labor. It is not yet completely clear whether or not a PLA will be negotiated by the trades and the developer to ensure the exclusive use of union labor. Regardless, it would seem that there should be numerous opportunities for STA members to participate in the construction of this signature project. The STA has been in touch with TF Cornerstone and we hope to have the developer participate in one of our General Membership Meetings during the course of 2019 to discuss opportunities for subcontractors on the Amazon project. Stay tuned for more information as well as updates from the STA on this project.
On behalf of the Board and Staff of the STA, my best wishes to you and your families for a happy and healthy holiday season and a successful and safe 2019!