Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) will ask the Government Accountability Office to do a study of the Dept. of Veterans Affairs multiyear construction program. “In some cases, VA’s infrastructure reflects yesterday’s priorities,” Akaka said. Since VA’s Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services program began in 2004, nine of its 58 identified projects have been finished, 20 are under construction, 12 are in design and 15 are in planning, Donald Orndorff, director of VA’s construction and facilities management office, told Akaka’s panel on June 10. As of June 5, VA had obligated only $27 million of its $1.1
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.