It was 1964. The Beatles were taking America by storm. The Civil Rights Act became law. At the New York World's Fair, General Motors' Futurama ride touted continent-spanning highways. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced a $2-billion construction program to support the moon shot. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and New York City's Verazzano-Narrows Bridge opened.And in its Aug. 6, 1964, issue, ENR magazine introduced its roundup of the 400 Largest Construction Contractors, the first time ENR published its Top 400
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.