WHITAKERCynthia Whitaker, 69, former preconstruction vice president at ISEC Inc., an Englewood, Colo., contractor, died on Oct. 15 of cancer, says the firm. She joined the firm in 1978, retiring in 2005. ISEC ranks at No. 45 on ENR's Top 600 Specialty Contractors list, with $252.5 million in 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.