Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) has imposed a hold on the nomination of Lt. Gen. thomas Bostick, President Obama's choice to be the next Army corps of engineers chief. Vitter is withholding approval until the Corps provides satisfactory answers to the senator's questions about several Louisiana issues, including project funding.Senate holds block floor action on nominees. Furthermore, Bostick must gain approval from the Armed Services Committee, which has yet to convene a hearing on his nomination.Maj. Gen. Merdith W.B. “Bo” Temple, the Corps deputy commanding general, became the acting chief of engineers on June 17, following the retirement of Lt. Gen.
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.