With little time remaining before the Oct. 4 start of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, the sporting event’s already-escalated $1.6-billion construction project is straining to reach the finish line. Teams from more than 60 U.K.-linked nations are set to arrive next month to test out venues, occupy new sports villages and use upgraded infrastructure. But stadium roofs are leaking, and work on most of the 17 new and rehabbed arenas and other projects is months behind schedule and has questionable procurement arrangements, officials say. Unique stadium-roof designs at Delhi’s Commonwealth Games project site have challenged Indian builders to
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.