What a difference a year makes. In the summer of 2008, most of the leading architecture and engineering firms in the general building sector were flush with work and times were good. There may have been clouds on the economic horizon and concerns that the fevered pace was unsustainable, but no one predicted the economic tsunami that hit in the fall of 2008. Photo: Skidmore, Owings & Merill The 137-acre Qatar Petroleum campus is moving ahead. Photo: PageSoutherlandPage The Texas Children’s health center is moving forward. Related Links: The Top 500 Design Firms: How Long Will the Recession Last? The
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.