April 1st, 2020
Is construction essential during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic? It’s a question that has popped up almost daily as more states and municipalities issue “stay at home” or “shelter in place” orders. The states of Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington along with cities like Boston, Austin, and San Francisco have shut down almost all construction projects within their borders.
March 31st, 2020
Many of us in the preconstruction industry are adjusting to working from home in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. By this time, you’ve probably secured the basic technology, such as laptops, HDMI cables, additional monitors, extra keyboards and a mouse. But that’s just the beginning of the story.
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March 27th, 2020
It’s Day 17 of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and things have gone from really bad to really, really, terribly, horribly worse. Since the World Health Organization (WHO) proclaimed the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, the total number of cases worldwide has skyrocketed from 126,214 (4,628 deaths) to 530,000+ (24,000+ deaths). In the U.S., that number of cases since March 11 has jumped from 1,301 cases (38 deaths) to over 85,000 reported cases and more than 1,300 dead.
March 27th, 2020
The construction industry really took it on the chin during the Great Recession. The number of construction firms fell by nearly 150,000 between 2007 and 2013 and over 2.3 million jobs were lost due to layoffs, early retirement, and workers leaving for greener pastures. Federal Reserve Chairman, Jerome Powell, recently said we may already be in a recession due to the impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
March 24th, 2020
As each new day brings a new state and federal guideline urging companies and employees to work remotely, the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing how many construction pros work daily. No doubt, the concept of “social distancing” may prove difficult to swallow in an industry built around person-to-person, one-on-one interactions—from directing crews in the field to huddling around plans in the office.
March 16th, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, an unprecedented shift towards working from home is underway. It’s easy to imagine that social distancing or living actually or ‘as if’ quarantined will lead to boredom. This may promote an upsurge in do-it-yourself home renovation projects. Acting as a counterweight, though, will be concerns about financing such undertakings and worries over receiving steady streams of paychecks.
March 12th, 2020
The world is fixated on the coronavirus outbreak — but is it really that bad? There is a life-threatening element to this new virus. It causes the disease COVID-19 and can affect important organ systems in both healthy and vulnerable patients. The many unknowns around the illness are leading to a stock market slump and less demand for new work.
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