Two former employees of Aggregate Industries NE Inc., Saugus, Mass., pleaded guilty on July 8 to 12 charges involving a conspiracy to deliver substandard concrete to the $15-billion Central Artery/Tunnel project. Four more employees are scheduled to go to trial this week in U.S. District Court in Boston. Gerard M. McNally and Keith H. Thomas pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy, five counts of mail fraud and five counts of filing false reports stemming from a 2006 indictment alleging that, between 1996 and 2005, the six defendants delivered at least 5,000 10-yd truckloads of “non-specification” concrete to the project.
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.