Related Links: Imagining Construction's Future It was dusk. The 31-foot sloop cut silently southward through the smooth Hudson River on New York City’s west side. Joe Barone sat at the wheel and let the breeze sift through his silver-flecked hair on this balmy August evening. The 50-year-old contractor was looking for his favorite site on Manhattan, a few blocks inland on 28th street overlooking the sparkling, wildflowered, elevated pathway of the world-famous High Line. He saw a rambling, curvaceous 30-story structure changing its facade every few minutes before his eyes, reproducing swooping multicolored patterns with pointillistic detail through the night.
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.