Related Links: The ENR 2nd Quarterly Cost Report (subscribers only) Construction Financial Management Association Sage Policy Group There is now a general consensus that the market has turned around and is growing. Now comes the tough part for construction firms: coping with an expanding market.The CICI measures executive sentiment about the current market and reflects the respondents' views on where it will be in the next three to six months and over a 12- to 18-month period. The index is based on responses to surveys sent out to more than 6,000 U.S. firms on ENR's lists of the leading contractors,
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.