O’BRIEN Thomas E. O’Brien, chairman and CEO of contractor-fabricator BMWC Group Inc., Indianapolis, died on Jan. 18 in that city at age 59. The firm says he died after a long illness but did not disclose details. O�Brien, who joined BMWC in 1979 as assistant project manager, was named president in 1996, CEO two years later and chairman in 1999. He was also an advisory board member of the Construction Industry Institute and on the executive committee of the Indiana Construction Roundtable. BMWC Group ranks 340th on ENR�s list of the Top 400 Contractors, with $160 million in 2009 revenue.
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.