Photo Courtesy of DiggerlandUSA Next-Gen DiggersNew Jersey-Based Sambe Construction Co. in June launched Diggerland USA in West Berlin, N.J., 30 miles east of Philadelphia. It allows kids and the adults they bring along to operate construction equipment and ride on machines revamped into amusement park-style rides (see related story, p. 17). The 14-acre attraction has a 50-piece equipment fleet and is modeled after a successful enterprise in England with four operating parks. Diggerland USA includes Spin Dizzy, an excavator that provides a 360° rotating ride, Backhoe Adventure and daily stunt shows by a veteran equipment operator.Movers and Shakers Peter J.
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.