Even with billions committed by the U.S. military to Guam infrastructure upgrades to support proposed troop redeployment there, the U.S. Government Accountability Office says the tiny island needs more U.S. government help to cover its required share of costs to expand ports and roads, the power grid and water-wastewater facilities needed to accommodate a projected 15% population increase. GAO says that the U.S. Defense Dept. is funding infrastructure costs on Guam “directly related” to the movement of 17,000 U.S. Marines and dependents from the island of Okinawa and from other locations, as well as providing “some funds toward civilian infrastructure.”
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.