Photo courtesy of CDM Smith Special DeliveryCDM Smith and PC Construction are the design-build team on the $210-million Blue Plains advanced water treatment plant, including a new biosolids-processing main process train, for the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority. Related Links: Top 100 Design-Build/CM-at-Risk List Design-Build Institute of America Conference Design-Build Institute of America The prolonged recession hit the industry hard over the past few years. But for firms offering alternative project delivery, the recession took an additional toll. Many owners, seeing designers and contractors scrambling for work, decided to forego alternative project delivery in favor of hard-bid design-bid-build,
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.