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COVID-19 & AEC Update: April 1, 2020

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DBIA’s mission is to provide the best resources available to help inform and empower our industry. In these uncertain times, that mission is even more important. As our communities fight the Coronavirus, we are working to find the best information available to help design-build teams navigate the unknown. This daily newsletter will provide the latest COVID-19 news for the AEC community.

Design-builders deliver in times of crisis and we will again.

If you have COVID-19 news impacting the AEC industry from your organization, state or community please email us.

April 1st


When will your city feel the fiscal impact of COVID-19?-Brookings Institution. The economic impacts of COVID-19 are already shaping up to be significant, yet uneven, across the country. As the crisis unfolds, the impact on cities’ bottom line will be driven not only by overall economic conditions but specifically the parts of the economy where revenue is generated: retail sales, income and wages, and real estate.

Major retailers have opened only 5 drive-thru testing locations, none available to the general public-CNN. The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that there are only five locations from major retailers Target, Walgreens, Walmart and CVS that are currently offering drive-thru testing — and none are open to the general public.



Coronavirus in Florida updates: Confirmed cases approach 7,000 as state sets single-day case record-Naples Daily News. A growing number of people continue to test positive for the novel coronavirus. Tuesday marked the first day the state reported more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19. In all, 6,741 people have tested positive for COVID-19.

How many people have coronavirus in Florida? COVID-19 explained in 5 charts-WTSP. Based on Florida Department of Health data, 10News has broken out the latest information into a series of charts that help add context to Florida’s outbreak.

New York

New York, ‘Still In Search Of The Apex,’ Sees Another Spike In Coronavirus Cases-NPR. New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus’ spread in the U.S., has reported yet another sizable leap in confirmed cases. With more than 9,200 new cases, the state’s grand total is more than 75,000 as of midday Tuesday.


Social distancing may have helped California slow the virus and avoid New York’s fate-Los Angeles Times. The coronavirus continues to spread rapidly, but so far, it’s at a rate slower than in the country’s other hot spots. To be sure, the epidemic still could get dramatically worse on the West Coast, but experts are looking to California and Washington for signs that social distancing is making a difference.

SF Bay Area Halts Most Construction; LA Issues Stronger Site Safety Rules-ENR. Six Bay Area counties in California—Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara, along with the city of Berkeley—announced March 31 that most construction will be halted due to a tightened, joint shelter-in-place order effective at 11:59 p.m.


Design-Build October Conference Expanded-DBIA. DBIA’s annual conference scheduled to take place October 28-30 in National Harbor, Maryland (DC Metro area) will be expanded to include education and networking opportunities specifically for the water/wastewater and transportation/aviation sector. This is an opportunity for leaders in these sectors to reconnect after months of uncertainty and canceled industry events.

5 steps to proactively prepare your construction project to get back online after the COVID-19 crisis-Construction Dive. An opinion piece from Larry Dany and Garrett Gibson, a partner and associate based in New York City and Houston, respectively, for law firm Eversheds Sutherland, helps to answer the question of how you can help put your company in the best position after the world gets back to work.

State-by-State Coronavirus Construction Status Updates-ENR. ENR is following the current status of which U.S. states have either issued a shelter-in-place order for the general population, and whether or not construction activities are allowed to proceed at this time.

Contact our editors if you have COVID-19 news impacting the AEC industry to share.