Tishman Construction Corporation Wins BTEA Safety Award
NEW YORK, December 2003 — The Building Trades Employers’ Association (BTEA) awarded Tishman Construction Corporation (TCC) its 2003 Safety Excellence Award in the Commercial category for the firm’s safety plan and record on the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey. BTEA’s annual safety conference & awards ceremony recognize companies that have committed themselves to worker health and safety through the implementation of comprehensive programs that minimize risk.
Tishman served as joint-venture Construction Manager with Yates Construction Co. to build the $1.1-billion, 4,195,000-square foot, 2002-room Borgata in only 33.5 months. While managing up to 2,200 workers simultaneously, comprising 4,446,363 total man-hours, Tishman and Yates adhered to the highest degree of safety and quality standards. The result was a project completed on time, on budget with no fatalities.
To mitigate the inherent dangers associated with such a large and complex project, commitment to worker safety and health protection was mandatory on the managerial and labor levels, as well as from the owner and insurance carrier. Dwayne Carter served as Tishman’s full-time, on-site safety manager and organized weekly meetings to plan and coordinate activities and safety concerns. In addition, each contractor designated an Owner Controlled Insurance Program OCIP) safety representative to be present throughout every phase of this project.
Among the innovative safety techniques TCC devised to construct the hotel’s 43-story tower was a Personal Fall Arrest System (PFA) for curtain wall installation—a custom engineered, mechanically fastened horizontal lifeline that hooked into the perimeter of the concrete slab opening, allowing workers to transverse laterally.
Louis J. Coletti, BTEA President & CEO, said: “Tishman and the other winning companies have raised the bar with programs and measures that are making construction sites safer, setting a precedent for other firms to emulate.” Joseph Vouglas, Tishman’s Corporate Safety Director, added: “We are honored to be recognized for our continued commitment to worker health and safety and extremely proud of our relationship with the BTEA and its members.”
For 100 years, the BTEA has served as the major voice for the building trades contractors and construction managers in the New York metropolitan region. It encompasses multiple area trade associations representing 1,500 contractor companies from New York City's building trades unions. The BTEA’s goal is to maintain a positive environment in which contractors and trades people can enjoy health and prosperity within the construction industry, and its members have enjoyed positive working relationships with the various affiliated trade unions and national associations.
Tishman Construction Corporation (TCC), an affiliate of New York-headquartered Tishman
Realty & Construction Co., Inc., is a privately held Construction Manager, Project Manager, Contractor, and Owner's Representative active nationwide and internationally. Founded in 1898, Tishman is responsible for the construction of more than 400 million square feet of space, incorporating facilities of every size and type. The total value of its construction projects under way is approximately $3.5 billion. TCC ranks #7 in the nation on Building Design & Construction’s Top Construction Managers list, and #1 on New York Construction News’ Top Construction Managers list.
TCC’s current and recent projects include the new 7 World Trade Center, Reuters Americas Headquarters at 3 Times Square, Conde Nast Headquarters at 4 Times Square, the Westin New York at Times Square hotel, E Walk on the New 42nd Street in New York, and Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.
Tishman’s landmark projects include the original World Trade Center complex and the restoration of Carnegie Hall in New York, The John Hancock Center in Chicago, Century City in Los Angeles, and Walt Disney’s EPCOT Center in Florida.