Photo Courtesy of Turner/Devcon, Joint Venture. A BRB lateral system weighs significantly less than an equivalent concrete shear-wall system. Related Links: 49ers Use Collaborative Delivery 'Special Teams' To Speed Stadium Construction Cities Stuggle with Sports Villages, But Keep Building Sports Construction Vets Cry Foul on Owners' Reps MCEER Report on Buckling Restrained Braces During both the conceptual and schematic design phases for the San Francisco 49ers' stadium, the structural engineer developed a matrix of 66 structural-system scenarios. Then, the design and construction team evaluated each for schedule and cost. The team ultimately selected a steel frame, with composite metal decking
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.