Photo by Emre Drter Photography Related Links: Global Best Projects Awards This Turkish-led turnkey design-build project was finished in 2011 in just five months for the Assembly of the African Union, leaders from 60 member nations. The 148,000-sq-ft structure's highlight is the "shimmering metal screen that veils its glazed facade in a curtain of geometric filigree," said Architectural Record.Virtually all materials were imported, and labor was 95% Turkish; tropical illness and locals' lack of safety knowledge were problems faced. To speed work, design and structural steel manufacture were concurrent, and most of the interior package was prefabricated. "Building fast-paced complex
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.