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DASNY News & Updates: January 2017
DASNY President & CEO Gerrard P. Bushell Delivers Speech
to Construction Management Association of America

Gerrard P. Bushell – DASNY President & CEO
Maher Abdelqader – AI Engineers Inc., Senior Director of Infrastructure Services

DASNY President & CEO Gerrard P. Bushell highlighted the important role DASNY plays in delivering economic progress for the middle class in a keynote address at a lecture series dinner hosted by the Construction Management Association of America’s (CMAA) Metro NY/NJ Chapter.

By financing and building classrooms, laboratories and hospitals DASNY is creating jobs while helping New York State’s colleges and universities attract the best educators in the world. They will prepare students for jobs in an economy where technology is a driving force of change, said Dr. Bushell.

“The strongest, most reliable bridge to this new economy is education,” Dr. Bushell said.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who proposed in his Fiscal 2018 Executive Budget to provide free tuition at New York’s public universities and colleges to individuals and families making up to $125,000, “understands the incredible value in New York State’s two public university systems. Our role – the role of DASNY and all of you in this room – is to construct the facilities that make these two university systems competitive on a global scale,” Dr. Bushell said.

DASNY’s ability to deliver the projects that help build the bridge is supported by the tax-exemption on the municipal bonds that DASNY issues on behalf of our clients. That tax-exemption also helps finance many of the projects construction managers help deliver, Dr. Bushell said, and it is currently under attack in Congress.

“From roads to college laboratories, the tax exemption on municipal bonds drives down the borrowing costs for governments, universities and health care institutions,” he said. “It enables more robust investment in infrastructure that is critical both for our communities and the bottom lines of construction firms like all of yours.”

Dr. Bushell urged the audience to reach out to their representatives and fight to keep the tax-exemption on municipal bonds.

Dr. Bushell’s full speech is available here.

DASNY Grows MWBE Capacity with Surety Bond Training

2017Surety Bond 
 David Cayemitte
DASNY is offering a surety bond training program for Minority- and/or Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) firms to help them expand their capacities and grow into prime contractors.

The training program provides 23 classes where MWBE firms are partnered with surety bond providers, including Travelers. Firms study best business practices that will help them access larger surety bond capacity, and greater roles in construction projects.

“DASNY is deeply committed to building MWBE capacity,” DASNY President & CEO Gerrard P. Bushell said. “Through education, DASNY is supporting these firms on their journeys to success as we build inclusive communities and make New York State a more attractive place for businesses and families to prosper.”

The Cayemitte Group was selected through a competitive RFP process to administer the program. Classes will be held at DASNY’s corporate office at One Penn Plaza in New York City and will be streamed live to participants across New York State. Additionally, each firm enrolled in the program will be eligible for 10 hours of one-on-one management consulting sessions with The Cayemitte Group to develop individualized growth plans and apply the coursework to their own businesses.

For more information, please visit the program’s landing page on DASNY.org.

UAlbany’s Mohawk Tower awarded LEED Gold status

Mohawk Tower - exterior looking up edited for webs SUNY University at Albany’s Mohawk Tower, a DASNY project, has been awarded the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold rating. Features in the renovated 24-story, 440-bed residence hall include: 
  • Highly durable and sustainable materials, with contemporary, natural finishes that both modernize and “green” the building’s interiors.
  • Stone-like porcelain tile containing 30% recycled content in the ground floor lobby.
  • A new, two-story glass, entry vestibule opens onto lounge and study spaces. 
  • A large basement space that previously served as a simple link between the tower’s basement level and the larger complex’s fitness area was transformed into a multimedia game room.

It is one of three recent new certifications, including the Staten Island Courthouse and Buffalo State College Tower 1. DASNY now has a total of 40 LEED projects.

You can view more photos of Mohawk Tower here.

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