The U.S. Government Accountability Office has denied a protest by Watsonville, Calif.-based Granite Construction Co. challenging a $44-million U.S. Navy contract award to Baldi Brothers Inc., Beaumont, Calif., for runway repairs at Travis Air Force Base, near Fairfield, Calif. Granite had protested the Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s rating of its small-business subcontracting plan as "unacceptable." But in a Jan. 14 decision, GAO said Granite’s "arguments amount to mere disagreement with the agency’s conclusions."
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.