Investigators in Harris County, Texas, are probing a possible conflict of interest regarding a prior consulting link between a top Port of Houston Authority official and Los Angeles-based design-builder AECOM Technology Corp., which does work for the agency. Photo: Courtesy Of Port Of Houston Authority The chairman of the agency that runs Houston’s port operations had outside consulting contract with design-build firm. After local media reports aired the connection, the authority’s commission requested the probe by the local district attorney’s office, and the agency will cooperate, a port spokeswoman confirmed. A spokeswoman for the district attorney would not confirm if
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.