Construction pros are no strangers to heavy equipment, but two new machines working on the eastern span of the $5.5-billion San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge make most ordinary tools look like children’s toys. Slide Show Photo: American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises Inc. Joint Venture The muscular Left Coast Lifter can now begn to erect steel on the New Bay Bridge. Related Links: Volvo's Fenix Asphalt Paver Concept Is a Vision Of Automated Processes and Sustainability General Motors Tests Diesel-Like Powerplant To Meet Future Fuel Economy, Carbon Cuts Mike Flowers, project director for American Bridge/Fluor Enterprises Inc. joint venture, says he knew very early
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.