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Hotel Management Magazine Features Work by NRCC Carpenters and Pile Drivers on the New Dual-Branded W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel
On December 12, Hotel Management Magazine featured a story on the new "the dual-branded W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel development that is scheduled for completion in spring 2018. The project, which is estimated to cost $240 million, currently has approximately 50 carpenters and pile drivers from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) building the hotel development’s concrete structure. Also involved in the development of the property is Cope Linder Architects."
The W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel are two brands designed within a single 52-story tower at 15th and Chestnut Streets in Center City, Philadelphia. Upon completion, it will have nearly 300 rooms in the W Philadelphia hotel and 460 rooms in the Element Philadelphia hotel as well as an outdoor terrace, outdoor pool, restaurant, banquet facilities, meeting rooms and retail space.Read more >
Swarthmore, PA (December 12, 2017) – The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC), local elected officials and area residents gathered yesterday for the grand opening of Headstrong Foundation’s “Nick’s House” located at 200 S. Chester Road in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
The grand opening gave attendees the opportunity to tour “Nick’s House,” while learning more about the Headstrong Foundation and its mission. Throughout 2017, NRCC Locals 173 and 164 helped to construct Nick’s House, a place of comfort for families who have a child battling cancer and undergoing out-of-town treatment. To date, the Foundation has helped nearly 14,750 patients and their families.
During the construction phase, 50 Union Carpenters volunteered their time to renovate a 120-year-old building, including: framing; sheet rocking; drywall; door installation; and ceiling grids. Local 173 Council Representative Thomas Breslin worked closely with the staff at Headstrong Foundation and Carpenters who volunteered their time for the project.Read more >
On Monday, December 4, 2017, Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters' Hudson Valley Team Lead Scott Smith and Long Island Team Lead Anthony Macagnone attended an event with New York officials and district attorneys to announce a new initiative to crack down on wage theft in the construction industry.
Since the start of 2017, authorities have cracked down on several construction contractors that withheld an estimated $2.5 million from hundreds of workers across New York. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and a multitude of other key political players declared "criminal charges this week in a series of cases stemming from joint efforts by the city and state government to protect the exploitation of workers through the Wage Theft Initiative." The plan is a part of a larger push to guarantee safe labor conditions, root out corruption and eliminate fraud within the industry.
For example, in an investigation heavily driven by NRCC's Long Island Team Room, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, convicted the National Insulation & GC Corp. for failing to pay at least 6 employees nearly $13,000 in wages.
Click here to read the press release.Read more >
Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters’ Philadelphia Team Room Helps Refurbish Veterans Multi-Service Center to Give Back to Veterans
December 7, 2017 – Philadelphia, PA – Sixteen floor layers and carpenters from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters’ Locals 251 and 158 teamed with the District Council 21 Painters Union to refurbish the Veterans Multi-Service Center located at 213 N. 4th Street in Philadelphia. The facility, which assists struggling veterans with employment and provides transitional housing for the homeless, serves more than 3,500 veterans and families annually.
The three-week charity project was completed on November 16 and coordinated by the NRCC’s Philadelphia Team Room. In addition to installing new vinyl based carpet tiling in the building’s common area, the workers also enhanced the room with a fresh coat of paint. Both the new flooring materials and paint were donated for the project by Findlay Installation Services and Sherwin Williams respectively.Read more >
NRCC Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Ballantyne Appointed to Philadelphia District Attorney-Elect Larry Krasner's Transition Committee
The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters' Executive Secretary-Treasurer John Ballantyne has been recently appointed to Philadelphia District Attorney-Elect Larry Krasner's Transition Committee.Read more >
Edison, NJ (December 5, 2017) – The Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Dahlia Vertreese for Mayor of Hillside in today’s runoff election.Read more >
Edison, NJ (December 4, 2017) – Today, the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) announced its endorsement of Rebecca E. Symes for Jersey City Council (Ward E) in the December 5th runoff election.Read more >
The W/Element Hotel Development Project is One of the Largest Concrete Pours in Philadelphia’s History
December 1, 2017 – Philadelphia, PA – The new dual-branded W Philadelphia and Element Philadelphia Hotel development project, will be the latest luxury addition to the City when it is completed in Spring 2018. The project, which is estimated to cost $240 million, currently has approximately 50 carpenters from the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (NRCC) building the hotel development’s concrete superstructure.
Once complete, there will be 295 rooms in the W Philadelphia hotel and 460 rooms in the Element Philadelphia hotel as well as an outdoor terrace, outdoor pool, restaurant, banquet facilities, meeting rooms and retail space.Read more >