Related Links: ENR: Flexible Approach to Work ENR: Bidding Edge The use of performance-based contracts has blossomed in recent years with delivery methods such as design-build and construction manager-at-risk, particularly for large jobs. But another method, job order contracting (JOC), has been around for almost 30 years. As the industry looks increasingly toward maintenance of aging infrastructure, the South Carolina firm that claims the origins of JOC hopes its big time has arrived."JOC occupies a nice niche, but a small niche within the overall construction industry," says William Pollak, the new chief executive officer of the Gordian Group, Mauldin, S.C.,
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.