A Fluor-led joint venture leading a delayed $90-million Dept. of Energy project at the Savannah River site in Aiken, S.C., filed a response in federal court this month to a lawsuit filed against it by Baker Concrete Construction. In the response, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) argued that subcontractor Baker Concrete failed to meet its contractual responsibilities on the Waste Solidification Building project, and is not due any relief. Baker filed suit against SRNS in June, claiming the construction manager was responsible for design-related delays on the project. Baker is seeking damages of nearly $20 million. Lawyers representing SRNS also
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.