Courtesy of OConnell Electric Powerline crews around New York State struggled with lines damaged by trees. Debra K. Rubin for ENR John Pequet of Townsend Corp. traveled from Livonia, Mich. to New Jersey to help in Hurricane Sandy power restoration. Contractors based in areas struck by Hurricane Sandy pulled in additional hands from their region, joined by workers and companies well beyond, in a repair and restoration campaign of epic dimensions.One electrical worker who came in from Michigan was told only to head East "until you get to the ocean."Depending on logistical finesse and strong determination, crews tackled post-hurricane repairs,
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.