Construction will have to wait. For now, a $2.7-million stimulus award to a Michigan power cooperative will stimulate nothing more than the coop’s chance to receive more stimulus money for a possible carbon-capture and -storage project at a coal-fired powerplant not yet built. Cadillac, Mich. Related Links: Stimulus: A Snapshot of Top Shovel-, Wrench- and Pencil-Ready Projects There is still a “great deal of work to be done” before the co-op can answer questions about what the carbon-capture project would entail and what its impact will be, says Nancy Tanner, spokeswoman for Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative Inc., Cadillac, Mich. Wolverine
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.