Photo by Jim Tetro Park amenities include a rain garden, pavilions, an ice-skating rink and a cafe. Related Links: 2013 Best of the Best Projects Winners ENR Mid-Atlantic 2013 Best Projects: Washington Canal Park The team transformed a parking lot for Washington D.C. school buses on the Anacostia Waterfront into a three-acre park that offers aboveground recreational amenities and a belowground stormwater sewer system. Runoff from seven city blocks is diverted to the system, which includes two underground 40,000-gallon cisterns; tree pits also collect runoff. The reused water provides nearly 95% of the park's needs, saving an estimated 1.5 million
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.