While the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has buoyed high-profile sectors such as transportation and energy, in Indian Country—the sovereign lands of 562 American Indian tribes across the United States—$3 billion in stimulus funding quietly has moved into development backlogged road improvements, hospitals, correctional facilities and schools. Many of the projects were planned but remained unfunded for years, in some cases for more than a decade. Photo: Kumin Associates/Mahlum Architects A $91-million stimulus-funded tribal hospital project on the Seward Peninsula in Nome, Alaska, is raised 4-ft above grade to avoid permafrost. The ARRA windfall gave cash-strapped tribes more capital than
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.