Timing is everything, and Advance Transit, a private nonprofit company providing bus and paratransit services across the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire, took advantage of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act to speed an upgrade to its bus garage. Wilder, Vt. Related Links: Stimulus: A Snapshot of Top Shovel-, Wrench- and Pencil-Ready Projects In 2005, Advance applied for federal funding to build an expanded parking garage in Wilder, Vt., for its fleet of 30 buses and handicapped vans. The new garage includes a drive-through bus wash and an additional mechanical lift, as well as several energy-efficiency components
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.