The top transportation official in Louisiana, William D. Ankner, resigned on Feb. 5 amid controversy following the award of a design-build job to the contractor with the best technical proposal but the highest price among three bidders. The Louisiana Dept. of Transportation and Development awarded the $60-million contract on Jan. 29 to Boh Bros. Construction LLC for an Interstate 10 widening project in Baton Rouge. Ankner’s resignation came following a grueling, three-hour debate on Feb. 4 in the Louisiana Legislature’s joint meeting of the House and Senate transportation committees; there, lawmakers and contractors protested the award and whether the design-build
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.