The foundation engineer calls the $8.2-million artificial reef—the marine habitat apron—the most unusual element of the Vancouver convention center expansion project. “I know of nothing else like it, anywhere,” says Ryan MacPherson, project engineer for WorleyParsons Westmar Consulting Engineers, North Vancouver. “It’s very successful.” Marine life is already growing. Slide Show Photo: LMN Architects Marine habitat apron, an artificial reef, is attached to the marine platform. Precast was placed by barge-mounted cranes. Related Links: Stupendous Setting Is Crummy Site Water Treatment and Reuse Reduces Use of Potable Water The 400-meter-long apron resembles long stadium bleachers, consisting of 86 bays of
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.