Photo by Timothy Hursley Related Links: Best of the Best Projects 2012 Winners Entries for ENR's First Global Best Projects Competition Are Due Feb. 28 Complex Museum Captures the Beauty of Arkansas Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, a 200,000-sq-ft museum and cultural center, features complex geometric forms inspired by the local Arkansas landscape as well as the suspension bridges of Bhutan.The museum was built using bridge engineering to create hanging structures, suspending the museum above a creek bed. Two suspended cable-and-wood buildings were secured using specially designed rock anchors to stabilize the large abutments on both roofs. Engineers used
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.