CarlsonDonald R. Carlson, 84, a project architect and construction manager who helped build Chicago’s original McCormick Place convention center in the 1950s, died of renal failure on June 26.Carlson designed projects for Chicago-based C.F. Murphy Associates, which later became Murphy/Jahn Architects. He worked on the original $35-million, 320,000-sq-ft McCormick Place that opened in 1960 but burned down in 1967. He also served as architectural production chief during the early 1970s on all terminals, gates and operational facilities for the 13 original airlines at O'Hare International Airport.Carlson later worked for Martin B. Schaffer & Associates, redoing the top four floors of
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.