Photo by Ben Tanner Photography The baseball park received LEED Gold certification. Related Links: See all of the Best of the Best Projects 2012 Winners Marlins Park Wins Southeast Project of the Year Entries for ENR's First Global Best Projects Competition Are Due Feb. 28 Designers of the nation's first retractable-roof stadium engineered to withstand 146-mph winds achieved the feat with an innovative strategy: The roof was kept partially open. This move would minimize internal pressures in the event of a storm-induced breach of the structure. It also eliminated the need for an estimated 1,000 tons of steel, cutting project
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.