Photo: AP/Wideworld div id="articleExtrasA" div id="articleExtrasB" div id="articleExtras" When ENR Southeast Region Editor Scott Judy heard about the illegal workers who were found hidden at a Florida Veteran’s Administration hospital project, he reacted to news reports by blogging, “These illegal workers were found hidden in a portion of the emerging facility’s roof, behind some scaffolding, in a place where they couldn’t get out without someone else’s help. Let that sink in. Wow.” Apparently, it did sink in, eliciting numerous replies. Our viewer’s comments ran the gamut from cynical (“What’s the difference between illegal workers and the AIG bailout?” says one)
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.