The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a joint venture of Archer Western Contractors Ltd., Atlanta, and Alberici Constructors Inc., St. Louis, an early-contractor-involvement preconstruction services contract to help guide design decisions on levee construction on the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal in New Orleans. The $3.1-million ECI base contract is on a project with an estimated construction cost of more than $295 million. The Corps has the option to retain the ECI contractor for construction. In April, the Corps awarded another ECI base contract to a joint venture of Kiewit Corp., Omaha, Traylor Brothers Inc., Evansville, Ind., and four
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.