Small contractors replacing the deck on a small bridge last August may have started a big fire in the dry hills of eastern Washington state. No one was killed, but property damage costs are steep and liability insurers could face big claims.A dozen property owners in Washington state have filed a lawsuit blaming the bridge general contractor and steel erector for a fire that consumed 23,500 acres and over 60 homes in the area of Cle Elum, about 75 miles from Seattle. Initial assessments of the property damage put the total at more than $8 million, but the final cost
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.