Funding to help Haiti recover and rebuild from the Jan. 12 earthquake moved through the Senate but slowed down in the House. The Senate on May 27 passed a spending bill with $2.8 billion for Haiti, including $438 million for infrastructure. House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) included $2.8 billion for Haiti in a draft spending bill, but he postponed a committee vote until after the Memorial Day recess.
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.