The U.S. military’s engineering branches are having a tough time shaping construction spending for fiscal 2010. At a March 26 conference of the Society of American Military Engineers in Arlington, Va., J. Joseph Tyler, director of military programs for the Army Corps of Engineers, said he expects the agency’s $18-billion program for 2009 to be reduced to under $10 billion in 2010. As 2010 plans take shape, the Dept. of Defense is being pressed to push out nearly $5.9 billion in projects approved under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. When this stimulus funding is included, the Corps’ 2009 program
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.