Related Links: Project Delivery Spat Puts Hospital Job on Critical List Emerging Senate VA Bill to Have Panel on Construction Issues Orlando Sentinel on Delayed Completion of VA Hospital In addition to improving its responsiveness to veterans' medical problems, the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs needs to revamp its construction strategies and practices on big hospital projects and possibly hand off construction to public-private partnership concessionaires. Two hospital projects, in Aurora, Colo., and Orlando, Fla., show how the VA comes up short on large, complex new hospitals.The Orlando project, on which the prime contractor is Brasfield & Gorrie, is over
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.