As the first month of testimony ended April 29, New York Fire Dept. witnesses in the manslaughter trial of three construction managers in the 2007 Deutsche Bank fire in Manhattan painstakingly narrated the role of site conditions, particularly a dismantled standpipe, in the disaster that killed firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph P. Graffagnino. Credit: District Attorney's office Firefighters respond to fatal blaze at Deutsche Bank in August 2007. Credit: District Attorney's office Related Links: NYC Report & Recommendations The slow pace of testimony so far in the trial, which opened April 4, caused State Supreme Court Judge Rena K. Uviller
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.