Officials in Milwaukee County, Wis., plan to let bids in the next two weeks for the repair of a municipal parking structure at O’Donnell Park, where a 27,000-lb precast-concrete facade panel fell off the building and killed a 15-year-old boy and injured two other people last June. The county’s 2011 budget has earmarked $6.5 million for structural work on the garage. + Image Illustration: Courtesy of Milwaukee Journal Sentinal Related Links: CTLGroup Field Inspection INSPEC Structural Evaluation About $3.5 million to $4 million of the repair cost will go to permanently removing all 70 of the ramp’s precast facade panels,
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.