Providing more potential work for construction’s buildings sector, the Dept. of Health and Human Services on Dec. 9 announced $508.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act aid to build or renovate 85 community health centers. Competition was stiff: HHS received about 600 applications for the ARRA funds, says David Bowman, a spokesman for HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration. The maximum award was $12 million, for three projects in Massachusetts and one each in California, New York and Washington, D.C. An earlier round of HHS economic-stimulus funds, announced in June, included $539.8 million for smaller health-center projects. Contracts for
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.