DUNBAR Michael E. Dunbar, vice president of special projects at the Associated Builders and Contractors and a 22-year veteran of the open-shop contractors group, died on Jan. 31 at 63 after a long illness. He had a key role in ABC communications and operations and was a former Associated General Contractors staff member. “Mike loved being around construction contractors and admired their entrepreneurship,” says ABC CEO M. Kirk Pickerel.
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.