ENR Gene McGovern (left) rose to prominence when his construction management firm Lehrer/McGovern, started with Peter M. Lehrer (right), won the contract for the centennial restoration of the Statue of Liberty. ENR put the partners on the cover of the Sept. 6, 1984, issue. The two stood on the scaffold of the statue for the cover shot. Gene McGovern, co-founder of Lehrer/McGovern Inc., died on Jan. 22. He would have turned 73 on Jan. 29.McGovern, at his death a construction consultant based in Boca Raton, Fla., started his career at construction giant Morse/Diesel Inc., where he met Peter M. Lehrer.
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.