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COVID-19 & AEC Update: April 13, 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 13th


 The U.S. death toll is now the highest in the world, with over 22,000 casualties reported-The Washington Post. And for the first time in history, all 50 states are under a federal disaster declaration.

Traffic Drop From Stay-At-Home Orders Imperils Road Funding-Associated Press. America’s roads are a lot less congested, due to coronavirus shutdowns that have kept millions of commuters, shoppers and vacationers parked at their homes. While that makes it easier to patch potholes, it also could spell trouble for road and bridge projects.



California is days away from its projected coronavirus peak. Here’s how the state prepared to ‘bend the curve.’-USA Today. “We still have a long road ahead of us in the Golden State — and we’re aggressively preparing for a surge — but we can’t turn our back on Americans whose lives depend on having a ventilator now,” said Gov. Newsom.


Parts of I-4 Construction To Be Accelerated By Months, Gov. DeSantis Says-Knight News. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Saturday the I-4 Ultimate Project in Orlando — a 21-mile section of interstate running through Orange and Seminole County — will have some segments completed months ahead of schedule.

New York

COVID-19 Deals Long-Term Hit to NY Transit-Crains NY Business. Now “hemorrhaging money,” the MTA’s intractable budgeting problems are coming back to hurt the agency at a time when the organization is more vulnerable than ever, affecting the future modernization of the region’s transportation infrastructure.


Construction Operates as Essential Business in Texas-Globe Street. Many companies are adapting, learning and even finding opportunities in these uncertain times. Identifying best practices while searching for potential trends could lead to long-lasting impacts as the industry looks for a new normal.


DBIA Members Mobilize to Fight COVID-19 Nationwide-Design-Build Done Right Blog. In a briefing with the AEC industry, USACE leaders urged the industry to answer the call for help. Not surprisingly, many DBIA industry partners have been among the first to answer the Corps’ call. In fact, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, most of their projects in the eastern U.S. will be design-build.

Pandemic Brings New Risk Controls to Jobsites, Plus Regular Blasts of Bleach-Engineering News-Record. In the past six weeks, COVID-19 has rewritten the book on construction job site health and risk management. Hygiene and disinfection will be elevated to a new priority level under strict new procedures on projects still ongoing and on those set to resume after the current shutdown.

What Could Be in a Post-Virus Infrastructure Plan?-Government Technology. Will there be a new round of infrastructure projects coming soon? If so, what do the proposals over the past few years teach us about what may be included?

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