It’s a structure built to precise construction standards, in some cases to a tolerance of 1/16 in.—no small feat in a structure with 80 miles of piping, 170,000 cu yd of concrete and 35,000 tons of reinforcing steel. It’s also a building that could provide a use for spent nuclear-powerplant waste, help lower energy bills and even end nuclear proliferation. Photo: Courtesy of SHAW AREVA MOX SERVICES MOX complex includes 170,000 cu yd of concrete and 35,000 tons of reinforcing steel. Photo: Courtesy of SHAW AREVA MOX SERVICES Building walls are 10-ft-thick concrete, each with four rows of reinforcing steel.
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.