The Building Contractors Association (BCA) was established by nine prominent New York City commercial contractors in 1933 under the name Building Contractors Employers Association, Inc. These contractors were reacting to changes in the building industry brought about by federal legislation that strengthened the rights of workers to form unions and created the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Contractors needed the BCA’s unified voice to negotiate collective bargaining agreements with the various building trades. From day one, the BCA’s purposes included establishing public confidence that a BCA contractor was and remains a contractor of the highest integrity and responsibility. The BCA’s original purposes also extended to the workers themselves. Long before it was required, BCA contractors have “encourage[d] the use of such means as will tend to reduce injury and death to building construction workers.”
In 1974, the Building Contractors Employers Association, Inc. merged with a Long Island-based contractor association and officially adopted the name Building Contractors Association that we know today. The merger expanded the geographical reach of the BCA creating the largest contractor association in the New York City metropolitan area. Composed of construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors and other industry related entities, today’s approximately 200 members remain the prominent representatives of New York’s construction industry. For over 85 years, the BCA has provided a unified contractor voice needed to address and enter equitable long-term labor-management relationships
The projects BCA contractors perform encompass every aspect of the construction process including high-rise office buildings, residential structures, hospitals and schools. In addition, BCA members have extensive experience in the fields of restoration, renovation, alteration and tenant changes. Our members perform work in both the public and private sectors of the construction industry.