The difficulties of the recession are nowhere more evident than among subcontractors and the specialty trade contractors who actually perform, rather than just manage, most of a project's work. For many specialty contractors, calling this market difficult is the understatement of the year. But opportunities exist for larger contractors that know where to find them and how to take advantage of them.The ENR Top 600 Specialty Contractors list shows both the wrenching effects of a recessionary market and
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.