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An Interview with Department of Buildings Commissioner Chandler and Deputy Commissioner Hogan 

On Tuesday, January 13th 2015, the Greater New York Construction User Council held a program titled, “A Conversation with the Commissioner: Meet the Department of Buildings Leadership.” The program featured Rick Chandler, Commissioner, Department of Buildings and Timothy Hogan, Deputy Commissioner of Enforcement, Department of Buildings who were interviewed by Greg David, Director, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and former editor of Crain’s New York Business. Jack Osborn, who serves as the General Counsel to the Greater New York Construction User Council, helped organize the program.  The program examined the Department of Buildings’ current agenda and reviewed the DOB’s priorities. .
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Major Hotel Executives Reflect on the Continued Growth of Tourism and Hotel Inventory in New York City 

On The Greater New York Construction User Council (“GNYCUC”) and the Hotel Engineers Association of New York Inc. (“HEANY”) were conference partners for the Second Annual New York City Hotel Forum, at the McGraw Hill Building in Manhattan on Friday, November 7, 2014. The conference, which included two panels of industry executives, examined the future of the hotel industry in New York City and current development trends.  .
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Jack Osborn Receives New York Society of Architects Distinguished Service Award

On Wednesday, November 19, 2014, Jack Osborn was presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the New York Society of Architects Dinner Dance. The award is presented each year to a professional who has made an exceptional contribution to the architecture and construction community in New York City.
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GNYCUC Presents “Modern Office Design Panel: What Tenants Want”

On Tuesday, October 7th the Greater New York Construction User Council (“GNYCUC”) held a program, “Modern Office Design Panel: ‘What Tenants Want’” at Gensler. John E. Osborn, Esq. serves as the General Counsel to the GNYCUC. The panel featured moderator, Joe Brancato, Regional Managing Principal, Gensler, Joel Brenner, Vice President of Global Project Management, Time Warner, David Biondolillo, Senior Vice President, TD Bank and James V. Cava, Director of Global Planning, Citibank. The panelists discussed their current projects and shared their thoughts on the future of the office environment.  .
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Environmental Due Diligence and
Project Planning in Stormy Times

Jack Osborn and Mark Pennington taught a continuing legal education program at the Firm's offices on March 4, 2014 entitled "Environmental Due Diligence and Project Planning in Stormy Times." Jack Osborn is Head of the Firm's Construction Litigation Practice. Mark Pennington, Of Counsel to the Firm, is the head of its Environmental Practice.


The program examined ASTM's revised environmental due diligence standard (E1527-13) within the larger context of risk management. It offered tips on tailoring transactional due diligence and selecting and managing environmental consultants. Read More


The City of New York Abandons the No-Damages-for-Delay Clauses in Construction Contracts -- 30 Years After the Kalisch Jarcho Decision

As of December 24, 2013, the City of New York (the “City”) and its various agencies are using a new standard construction contract. Of the several revisions, the most impactful, at least from a contractor’s perspective, is the elimination of the no-damages-for-delay (NDFD) clause. This clause, which had been faithfully used by City agencies and staunchly defended by New York courts for decades, has been an effective tool for owners (public and private) and contractors to shift the risk of additional costs associated with project delays and other time related impacts onto the respective contractors and subcontractors. Read More

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