Proponents are hopeful that Maryland will expand public-private partnerships on state infrastructure and facilities, with the state House of Delegates' March 26 vote to approve a bill authorizing use of private financing.The bill now goes to the state Senate. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) , who supports infrastructure privatization, will likely sign the measure if it clears the legislature, which is set to adjourn on April 9. Separate legislation authorizing development of an offshore wind farm also is set for a House vote by week's end.The P3 bill would authorize the Maryland Dept. of General Services to use P3s for design,
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.