Photo by AP Wideworld Many houses in this Queens, N.Y., neighborhood on the Atlantic Ocean shoreline are built up four feet off the ground. That height didn't protect them from the 8-ft storm surge or the winds. Photo Courtesy of USACE In New Jersey shore communities, structural damage assessments are under way, but few details about the condition of the houses were available at ENR press time. Related Links: Post-Sandy Mobilization Shifts into High Gear Prices for Windstorm Coverage May Not Be Changed New York Ponders Plan For Next Storm With NYC Tower Crane Secure, Plan Shifts To Recovery NJ
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.