To meet specifications on your next industrial insulation job, you’re typically going to engage an architectural or engineering firm to provide the drawings and set the parameters of the job. Trouble is, the design profession has been hit hard by the recession over the past six years. By some estimates, as many as 40% of architects were unemployed during the depth of the downturn in 2009.
Engineers fared better says the Engineering News-Record (ENR), but not by much. “Everybody did more with less,” they report. Now, after several fits and starts over the past few years, the market finally is in recovery mode. It’s no bull market, but strength is building. According to the publication, many “lean and mean” project delivery methods born of the recession remain in place. ENR compiled a list of the TOP 500 ranked by sales and contracts.