Photo: Courtesy Of Pierce County Public Works & Utilities Firefighters rescued a 37-year-old laborer after he was swept 3,500 feet through a concrete sewer line he was preparing to reline at the Chambers Creek Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant near Tacoma, Wash. The employee of Seattle’s Frank Coluccio Construction, lead firm on the relining project, was working in an existing 72-in. concrete raw pressure line about 80 ft belowground on March 21. Investigating the pipe while hooked to a wench-and-cable system, the laborer ran out of line and wanted to look a few feet farther down the pipe; rather than exit
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.