The Minneapolis Metrodome, whose air-supported roof split under the weight of more than 17 inches of snow and ice on Dec. 12, won’t see any action at least until after Christmas. Photo: AP/Wideworld Crew checks out damaged fabric from a platform. Four panels will be replaced. The Minnesota Vikings moved their Dec. 20 National Football League game with the Chicago Bears to the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium. Other Metrodome events through Dec. 23 have been canceled as crews replace and repair the Teflon and fiberglass panels. Birdair Inc., Amherst, N.Y., which made and installed the roof, and Geiger
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.