DONES Ray Dones, Champion of Minority Contractors, Dies Raymon P. Dones, a contractor and industry activist who paved the way for minority contractors in construction, died on March 25 in Oakland, Calif. He was 93 and died of natural causes, says his son, Alan Dones, managing principal of Strategic Urban Development Alliance, a locally based developer. A former Pullman porter who gained a contractor's license, the elder Dones founded in 1953 the Aladdin Electric Co., which became the largest black-owned electrical contractor, says the alliance. He then founded Trans-Bay Engineers and was its CEO until he retired in 1984. In
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.