The New Orleans District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is gearing up for the June 1 start of hurricane season with tests of communications procedures, emergency management and equipment operation, says Heath Jones, a Corps emergency management specialist. Photo: Angelle Bergeron/ENR Water pours out of discharge pumps at New Orleans�s Orleans Avenue Outfall Canal during hurricane preparedness drill May 27. Related Links: New Orleans Surge Protection Grows: Shielding the City's Achilles Heel Nearly five years after Hurricane Katrina brought widespread devastation to New Orleans, the city is better protected against potential storm surge than it has ever been,
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.