Subcontractor indemnification and "additional insured" requirements remain contentious between primes and subs, as a Minnesota case illustrates.The case—Engineering and Construction Innovations Inc. (ECI) v. L.H. Bolduc Co. Inc.—arose from a water and sewer infrastructure project several years ago for which Bolduc served as a sheeting subcontractor to first-tier subcontractor ECI. According to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) of Minnesota, ECI accused Bolduc of damaging a sewer line during construction and sought reimbursement for the repairs from Bolduc and its insurance company, the Travelers Indemnity Company of America.When both Bolduc and Travelers refused to offer payment, ECI sued both in district
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.