There are signs of recovery this spring as designers in sectors for manufacturing and telecommunications see renewed, although cautious, activity in markets. SSOE completed preliminary design for a $100-million solar-panel factory expansion. Related Links: View More on Top 500 Sourcebook 2010 View Complete Top 500 Sourcebook 2010 with Data and Analysis “There is more tire-kicking going on, more proposals are going out, and there is generally more activity in the markets this year,” says Mike Yungerman, vice president of real estate development at Chicago-based Opus North Corp. “There are the first signs of a recovery and a lot of optimism
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.