A 10-person design-competition jury, working for the Smithsonian Institution, has picked the team of Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup to design a home for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The site for the $500-million project is on the National Mall near the Washington Monument in Washingtin, D.C. The team selected consists of the Freelon Group, Adjaye Associates, Davis Brody Bond and SmithGroup. The design phase will last up to three years. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2012 and finish in 2015. Photo: Freelon Adjaye Bond/Smithgroup
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.