Debate over the use of E-Verify—a federal database used for confirming employment eligibility in the United States—turned confrontational at a jobsite in Tullytown, Pa., on Oct. 13. State Rep. John Galloway (D-Bucks County) walked onto a site at the Levittown Town Center and began shooting video while asking the project superintendent about the employment status of bricklayers working that day. “Are there illegals working on this site?” Galloways asks on the video, which was posted by the Bucks County Courier Times. “Do they have papers?” The superintendent, who works for the project’s construction manager, ECS Construction Management, Bethlehem, Pa., told
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.