The confluence of two wars, the growth and reorganization of the U.S. Army and the enormous construction program required to accommodate those demands are the forces driving the federal government’s construction workhorse, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, through its own transformation to become a more efficient program-management machine. Slide Show Photo: Marc Barnes, USACE-Belvoir Integration Office Steelworkers on the $1.77-billion National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency New Campus East project secure a 90-ton truss, 130 ft above the atrium floor. Related Links: An Electronic Chat with Army Corps of Engineers Chief Lt. Gen. Robert L. Van Antwerp Major Boom in Army Construction
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.