By: Kendall Jones on April 24th, 2020
COVID-19 Contractor & Construction Industry Resources
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to upend everyday life, construction (for the most part) is considered an essential business but that doesn’t mean everything is business as usual. In addition to trying to protect workers, especially on jobsites where outbreaks are occurring, construction business owners are having to deal with the challenges of our new normal.
These include having projects being put on hold due to funding and financial uncertainty. Road construction and highway projects are being postponed due to a reduction of gas tax revenue caused by everyone staying at home.
Hospitals are hitting pause on new construction as they focus on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants, retail stores, and hotels are all readjusting construction plans, McDonald’s has put all construction projects on hold and most upcoming Walmart construction projects involve modifying their parking lots to accommodate more grocery store pickup orders.
Contractors are also having to navigate force majeure and acts of god clauses as construction schedules are being forced to be extended in order to practice social distancing and adhere to additional safety measures. Many construction companies are appending their safety and operating plans to add pandemic response sections.
In addition to cancelled projects, delays caused by personal protective equipment (PPE) and building materials and equipment shortages have caused massive layoffs and furloughs to workers. Memories of the Great Recession are still on the minds of many as they try and navigate through these uncertain times.
In order to provide our readers with as much information and support through this pandemic, we’ve assembled a list of resources covering everything from jobsite safety to construction activity and delayed projects reports to construction law and financial support.
Construction & Bidding Activity Resources
COVID-19 Construction Activity Report
See which states have issued shelter in place and stay at home orders and where construction is deemed essential. You can also get more detailed information on exactly how construction is addressed in each state by checking out How COVID-19 Is Affecting Construction Bidding & Jobsite Activity.
Delayed Projects Reports
Stay on top of which construction projects that are currently bidding or in the planning stages are getting pushed out, put on hold, or outright canceled with our Delayed Projects Reports.
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
The AGC has put together a number of resources for their members, many of which are publicly available, covering a wide range of topics from contracts, health and safety, tax impacts, economic impacts, risk management info, and more.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
The ABC has assembled a robust list of resources for members and chapter operations. Their comprehensive list of resources, both internal and external, are full of useful information for the construction industry.
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
This one’s for the architects out there, the AIA has a page dedicated to resources during the pandemic with guidelines, policies and tools for their members. Topics include business planning, design and practice, economic data and outlook, legal, etc.
You can also see How the Coronavirus Pandemic is Impacting Architects.
North American Building Trades Union (NABTU)
The NABTU has a ton of resources available to members and the industry covering legislative issues, legal resources, health and safety, and more.
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
The NECA has great resources for electricians and electrical contractors, as well as the construction industry as a whole, for preparing and operating through the coronavirus pandemic.
Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA)
The MCAA has some valuable resources like a COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan template, an epidemic rider for negotiated subcontracts, and webinars on a number of topics related to working through the pandemic.
American Subcontractors Association (ASA)
The ASA has information for members regarding SBA loan programs, exposure and response plans, and general guidance.
Free Legal Advice
Levelset, the construction payment and lien software company, has some great info surrounding payment rights, cash flow assistance, contract clauses as well as FREE legal advice across the country or by submitting a question through their website.
National Law Review
The National Law Review has a great article on potential contractual relief for construction projects impacted by COVID-19. They also have a ton of other articles related to construction law and the coronavirus.
Best Practices Construction Law
This blog has a great E-book, Best Practices for Contractors to Address COVID-19, written by Matthew DeVries, a construction and litigation attorney.
Construction Dive Monthly Mailbag
Construction Dive have begun a monthly mailbag where readers can send in construction-related coronavirus legal questions and have them answered by construction attorneys from different firms.
Safety & Toolbox Talks
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC should be your first stop for guidance on preparing your business operations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus through social distancing, use of PPE, cleaning and disinfecting, etc.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage has guidance on controlling and preventing the spread of COVID-19 for employers, and enforcement directives for adhering to existing standards, as well as an industry-specific alert for the construction industry with guidance for the workforce.
Safesite, the safety app and software firm, has created templates for safety and prevention meetings, and checklists for business contingency planning, housekeeping, and coronavirus preparedness. Be sure to check out cofounder Peter Grant’s 10 Essential Ways Contractors & Subs Must Respond to Coronavirus.
The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR)
The CPWR is focused on promoting and researching how to improve safety and eliminate hazards on construction sites. Their COVID-19 resource page has a lot of information on safety guidance as well as a toolbox talk for jobsites.
Free COVID-19 Toolbox Talks App
The folks over at Harness, a construction safety software company, have put together a FREE Toolbox Talk App with short talks focused safety for construction workers. The app will have info available in English and Spanish and foremen or safety managers can record a list of attendees. The app is available on all mobile devices.
Small Business Administration
Learn about financial relief and loan programs made available by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act through the Small Business Adminisitration (SBA). These include the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Emergency Advance, SBA Express Bridge Loans, and SBA Debt Relief. A small business is any company with 500 or fewer employees.
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.