The members of the building team charged with landing what appears to be a winged flying saucer at Florida Polytechnic University's new campus would have had enough on their plate if they were all huddled in the same place, scratching their heads over design architect Santiago Calatrava's futuristic forms. But they weren't. The designers, builders, fabricators and other material and product suppliers were scattered around the globe.The geographic divide made an already difficult job even more so. For the 162,000-sq-ft Innovation,
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.