Photo: Cary Kopczynski & Co High-strength rebar is costly but cuts down weight, reducing overall costs, a new study says. Related Links: High-Strength Rebar Market Is Heating Up New materials and methods available to concrete construction crews in the past decade present a financial dilemma:A flashy material may offer advantages despite its upfront cost, but how do you know you aren’t sending your overall project into the red?A research team took a stab at this problem and released their findings this morning to the Construction Industry Institute’s annual conference in Chicago. In some cases, the team found overall cost savings.
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.