The switch barely has been flipped on the flow of stimulus-related electricity projects across the nation. Most contractors say that 2010 marks the beginning of a three-year push to construct transmission lines to carry—and smart-grid technology to manage—renewable power. Related Links: As Federal Dollars Pour Out, A Second Stimulus Plan Grows Transport Sector Sets Rapid Pace Water, Cleanup Sectors See Mixed ARRA Prognosis Buildings Project List Still Long “What we have seen is a lot of projects out there that are getting into the funnel, and there’s an effort to push them out and get them going,” says Tim Gelbar,
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.