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Dormitory Authority outlines court projects.

The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) is administering the design and construction of capital projects valued at well over $4 billion and involving tens of thousands of jobs, the agency's Executive Director Rudolph Rinaldi told 250 New York Building Congress members attending a recent construction industry Breakfast Forum.

According to Rinaldi, the Authority is administering the development of 21 of the 32 projects in New York City's $2.8 billion court construction program, and it also is managing the design and construction of over $2 billion of building and equipment programs for state and city university systems, and the NYS Health Department.

The city's court construction program alone, DASNY's Rinaldi and Deputy Executive Director Sam Davidson explained, will generate 4,000 jobs in its initial phase, already under way. In addition, a total of 30,000 construction-related jobs will be created over-the 10-year life of the program.

Emphasizing the importance of these initiative, as to the city and the construction community, Building Congress President Richard Anderson pointed out that government capital improvement programs, as well as involving key quality-of-life issues, are vital job opportunities necessary to the city at this stage of the economic cycle.

"This city," Anderson said, "cannot prosper in the long term while New York capital budgets are oriented toward managing a declining number of construction initiatives. To make the process most effective the city should look to the next generation of infrastructure needs as well as to its current needs. Under a long-range capital budget philosophy, a consistent, strong capital budget is logical."

Capital budget construction is too important to lose, the Building Congress President declared, adding that he and other association officials are continuing to meet with city and state officials to expedite programs of the Metropolitan Transportation, Port and School Construction Authorities. "The Building Congress' agenda," Anderson said, "is based on economic development, strong tax-base growth and improved quality of life for all New Yorkers."

The Breakfast Forum with Rinaldi was the third in the current Forum series, The Forums are designed to alert the association's members to job opportunities. They are sponsored jointly by the Building Congress and the "New York Construction News."

Rinaldi emphasized that DASNY is a major New York competitive builder. Last year, he said, the Authority was the No. 1 government agency in the U.S. in starting construction projects.

Though DASNY primarily manages work for state and local governments, he explained, it also competes in the private sector. "We need the contracts and we're out there looking for them. Sometimes, when I address groups such as yours, I feel I'm out hustling for work."

During the Forum, the Dormitory Authority officials distributed handouts and schedules covering current and potential job opportunities under the agency's current programs, and in his address Davidson provided an overview of them.

He explained that in the past three years, three city court projects have been built at a Cost of $126 million.

The court programs being administered by the city itself include two under way in the Bronx and Queens; a project in the design stage which will start in 1998 in the Bronx; and five that will enter the design stage later this year, of which two each will be in the Bronx and Queens, and one in Brooklyn.

Of the court projects administered by the Dormitory Authority, three that will be developed in Brooklyn are in the design stage. Two of these will be started in 1996 and one in 1998. Four other court projects - two each in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and one in Queens - were scheduled to be in the consultant-selection stage in 1994. One more Queens court project had been put out for bids earlier this year and was scheduled to start in May.

In addition to these programs, DASNY is managing several billions dollars of other state and local government capital projects, including $758 million of work in the design stage and $2 billion of capital construction.
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Title Annotation:Dormitory Authority of the State of New York; New York Building Congress Breakfast Forum
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Date:Jun 8, 1994
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