Related Links: High-Strength Rebar Market Is Heating Up Charles Pankow Foundation Steward of Charles Pankow Foundation Supports Building Innovation One Grant at a Time The Charles Pankow Foundation, which, since 2006, has spent $7.4 million funding 42 mostly unrelated research projects, is switching gears. To improve construction practice, it will now focus on larger research concepts that could have an impact on all structures, not just buildings.The group has picked high-strength reinforcing steel for its first wide-impact research program. The goal is to update the concrete code, which currently limits the use of higher-strength rebar in all types of structures.Pankow
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.