Chinese officials are investigating why a 13-story apartment building under construction in Shanghai toppled over suddenly, almost intact, killing one worker. The building was supported by piles that were suppose to be buried deeply but which were uprooted in the riverfront construction site accident. The building, one of 11 others at the Lotus Riverside complex, had 629 units. Photo: AP / Wideworld
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.