Ordinarily, a 2.4-million-sq-ft, highly complex construction project would be hard to overlook. As it nears completion in September, the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s East Campus at Ft. Belvoir, Va., has stayed largely under the radar, as its owner prefers. The 2.4-million-sq-ft U.S. spy-agency complex is 90% done. Within the U.S. Defense Dept., NGA provides geospatial images and data for national security, including the May 2 Osama Bin Laden raid. From site selection to operations, managing the 98-acre project in four years challenged the Corps of Engineers. “Given the tight schedule and NGA’s need to be closely engaged with every stage
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.