It's 4:30 a.m., and Ana Taveras is starting her day by flying up the New Jersey Turnpike, likely above the speed limit, to reach the local office of a laborers' union some 75 miles north. There, she officially begins a day of shuttling to meetings and construction sites as a regional labor organizing coordinator. PHOTO BY SCOTT SCHEDIVY RESULTS Ana Taveras, once told she didnt belong here, is now a rising laborers union regional organizer. Graphic by Justin Reynolds A special feature in ENR. Related Links: Lacking Diversity in Race and Ethnicity, the Construction Industry Takes Strides Chinese-Americans in Construction
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.