SHAW Robert L. Shaw Jr., a vice president and board member of Detroit-based engineer-architect SmithGroup and director of its Dallas office Smith Group/F&S, died on Dec. 2 of pancreatic cancer. He was 56. Shaw joined the firm in 2009 following its acquisition of Dallas-based F&S Partners, of which he had been president. Shaw assumed that role in 2008 after 30 years with the firm. He also was the former president of the American Institute of Architects’ Dallas Chapter in 1993 and served in leadership roles in the Texas Society of Architects and the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Council for
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.