The $1.6-billion Wekiva Parkway project, a joint effort of the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) and the Florida Dept. of Transportation (FDOT), has been lauded nationally and locally as a standout example of collaborative planning between infrastructure builders and environmental interest groups.
Specialty contracting firms working in the four-state region of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas are continuing to see a steady stream of work opportunities, but they remain pressed to find a sufficient number of qualified workers to staff projects.
“Staying within the headlights” is how Vann Cleveland, vice president at specialty contractor Cleveland Electric Co., describes the family-owned company’s vigilance against overextending its capabilities in the vigorous Georgia construction market.
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.