McKIM KUESEL Thomas R. Kuesel, a noted bridge and tunnel engineer and former partner at Parsons Brinckerhoff, New York City, died on Feb. 17 in Connecticut after a long illness. He was 83. Kuesel, whose PB career spanned 43 years, contributed as project manager or engineer to more than 270 transportation structures and systems in the U.S. and abroad. He was named chairman of PB’s U.S. transportation design unit in 1984, retiring in 1990. Kuesel, who was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1977, was co-editor of the Tunnel Engineering Handbook, a standard reference manual used worldwide, 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.