The deaths of firefighters Joseph P. Graffagnino and Robert Beddia at the Deutsche Bank building at Ground Zero in 2007 needlessly replayed in miniature the tragedy that unfolded on Sept. 11, 2001, when 343 of New York's Bravest died. The high-rise bank building, adjacent to the World Trade Center, was damaged in the attack and, six years later, was being cleaned of asbestos and demolished. State Supreme Court Judge Rena Uviller and a jury in Manhattan now are deciding whether to convict three contractor site supervisors as well as subcontracting firm John Galt Corp. on criminal charges in connection with
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.