On The Scene   March 7, 2011

Our editors are everywhere�at all the industry events that matter most. When They're not speaking on panels, they're busy taking notes�and snapping photos�so they can inform their readers about what was said and who was there.

Florida Marlins Ballpark Topping Out

Topping Out In January, Balfour Beatty Construction topped out its 396 Alhambra Circle project in Coral Gables, Fla. The $130-million project includes remodeling a seven-story building and constructing a 15-story, 189,000-sq-ft office tower, which is precertified LEED Gold.

Photo Courtesy Of Balfour Beatty Construction

Best Project 2011 Outlook

2011 Outlook On Feb. 1, McGraw-Hill Construction welcomed contractors and other industry players to a regional 2011 Construction Outlook event in Fort Myers, Fla. Tom Boisvert of McGraw-Hill Construction talked about the year�s upcoming business prospects, which are forecast to improve compared with prospects in 2010. Boisvert noted that, on a national basis, after four consecutive years of declines construction starts are expected to finally increase. McGraw-Hill is predicting a 5% increase in 2011, for a total of $439 billion in new starts. The company�s prediction for Florida is a 9% overall gain, with 2011 contracts forecast to total $26.3 billion. The Fort Myers-Cape Coral region is expected to see a 17% uptick in new starts, with about $686.7 million in contracts moving forward. The area�s biggest market, residential, should grow by 10% in 2011 and total $325.3 million. Sectors projected to have the greatest percentage increases include education, health care and water.

Photo By Scott Judy