Leaders of the Construction Users Roundtable say they want to push designers and contractors to use more sophisticated methods of prefabrication and modular construction techniques to cut the time and cost of construction and to complete projects more safely with fewer workers. Image: Cianbro Cianbro manufacturing facility in Maine, pictured in earlier rendering, manufactured component modules for a Texas refinery. The comments were made at CURT's spring meeting April 12-13 in Covington, Ky., outside Cincinnati. While the use of prefabrication techniques has accelerated in the last five years—companies such as Jacobs Engineering, The Shaw Group Inc. and Cianbro are making
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.