ENR Protestersboth for and against the health care lawlined up outside the Supreme Court building chanting slogans and carrying signs. Construction industry sources say they are hopeful that the U.S. Supreme Court overturns President Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which they contend is problematic for employers. The case is being closely watched across the nation, as the justices sit through six hours over three days of oral arguments March 26-28 and consider the constitutionality of the law’s requirement that individuals purchase health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty. The law is being challenged by 26 states and
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.