Book Reviews: 09/30/2009 Chicago: A View From the Top By Ken Derry 112 pages; $29.95 Working a tower crane on the Trump tower in Chicago was an operating engineer’s dream. Ken Derry shares his unique and spectacular vantage point in a coffee-table book filled with 101 of the more than 700 “aerial” photographs he took during the three-year project. View Slideshow Derry’s book is a must-have for any enthusiast of architecture, construction and engineering. A 30-year crane veteran and shutterbug, Derry, 53, artfully illustrates the fear, guts, skill and pride it takes to build tall buildings. Seeing workers knock sheets
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.