The board of the North Texas Tollway Authority has hired Prairie Link Constructors LLC, a team composed of Fluor EPCM Services, Irving, Texas, and Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc., Atlanta, to build Phase 4 of state Highway 161 in the agency’s first design-build contract, worth $414 million. The winning effort was 32% lower than the authority’s original $610-million estimate for the project. Prairie Link Constructors also includes the Fort Worth office of AECOM Technology Corp. as designer, Richardson, Texas-based Halff Associates for drainage design, and PSI, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., to handle independent quality assurance and control. The phase includes 6.5 miles
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.