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By: Kendall Jones on August 7th, 2020

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Construction Industry Weekly News Recap – August 7, 2020

Construction Industry News | COVID-19

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s top news and happenings in the construction industry. Each week, we’ll take a look at some of the interesting local, regional, and national stories about construction to keep you better informed of the goings-on in the industry.

Construction Spending Declines for 4th Straight Month in June

U.S. construction spending fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of %1,355 billion in June 2020, according to the latest report from the U.S. Census Bureau. This is 0.7% below May’s revised estimate of $1,365 billion. Construction spending is up 0.1% over the June 2019 estimate of $1,354 billion. Construction put-in-place is up 5% during the first half of 2020 to $668 billion versus $636 billion during the first half of 2019. – August 4, 2020 (KHL)

New 3D Construction Printing Startup Mighty Buildings Launches

Mighty Buildings, a 3D printing startup, launched from stealth on August 5. The company’s technology can 3D print a house in 24 hours including walls, floors, ceiling, roof, and overhangs. The company uses a synthetic, lightweight stone material it developed to print buildings. When the material is exposed to light it creates a chemical reaction that causes it to harden immediately. – August 5, 2020 (Fast Company)

U.S. Construction Employment Adds Only 20,000 Jobs in July

Construction added only 20,000 in July, after adding a combined 619,000 jobs in May and June. The construction industry is still 444,000 jobs below where it was in February. The biggest gains were in residential building, +16,300 jobs, and the biggest losses were in nonresidential building, -9,300 jobs. – August 6, 2020 (U.S. BLS)

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FARO and Boston Dynamics Collaborate for 3D Mobile Scanning

FARO Technologies has teamed up with Boston Dynamics to launch FARO Trek, an autonomous mobile scanning integration for construction projects. FARO’s laser scanners will be integrated into Boston Dynamic’s robotic dog, Spot, to use its Autowalk feature to capture as-built conditions and create digital twins on construction projects. August 5, 2020 (SPAR 3D)

Virginia Legislators Urge Governor to Suspend Pipeline Construction

Twenty-two Virginia legislators have signed a letter addressed to Governor Ralph Northam and state health officials asking him to halt construction on the Mountain Valley Pipeline over fears that the influx of workers could result in more outbreaks of COVID-19 in areas without the resources to properly treat patients. The project would bring in 4,000 workers in rural Southwest Virginia and across the border in West Virginia. – August 6, 2020 (WFXR)

COVID-19 Pandemic Accelerates Some Highway Projects

Some highway construction projects have benefited greatly from the COVID-19 pandemic and state shelter-in-place orders. Projects in California, Colorado, Nevada, Florida, Wisconsin, Virginia, Arizona, and Texas all have had projects that have started or been completed ahead of scheduled due to fewer commuters on the roadways. On the other end of the spectrum, other states have had to delay or cancel projects due to reduced funding caused by lower gas tax revenues lost from fewer motorists on the road. – August 6, 2020 (Chicago Morning Star)

Racist Incidents Force Turner to Shutdown Construction at FC Cincinnati Stadium

Turner Construction suspended work on construction of the FC Cincinnati Stadium after two “racist incidents” perpetrated by subcontractors on the $250 million soccer stadium. Both Turner Construction and FC Cincinnati have stated they have zero tolerance for racism, and work will not resume until everyone on the site has completed anti-bias training. The people responsible for the incidents have been removed from the site and are not allowed to return. – August 3, 2020 (Cincinnati Enquirer)

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About Kendall Jones

Kendall Jones is the Editor in Chief at ConstructConnect. He has been writing about the construction industry for years, covering a wide range of topics from safety and technology to industry news and operating insights.