On June 22, the Senate confirmed the appointments of Brian Hayes, a Republican, and Mark Pearce, a Democrat, to the National Labor Relations Board, upping its membership to five. The newly confirmed members will serve five-year terms. The confirmations come just days after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NLRB was unqualified to render decisions during a 27-month period when it lacked a legal quorum. The board operated with two members from January 2008 to late March 2010, and in that time period, reviewed about 600 cases. In April 2010, President Obama recess-appointed two additional members to the board:
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.