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COVID-19 & AEC Update: April 14, 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.

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

April 14th


Gridlocked Congress hears aid pleas after 17 million job losses-Bloomberg. Congress faces intense pressure to negotiate an interim rescue package this week as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic accelerates across the country.

The Coronavirus Economic Reopening Will Be Fragile, Partial and Slow-Wall Street Journal. From airlines to carmakers, companies are planning to gear up again for a future economic reopening. The new normal will look anything but.


These states have formed regional coalitions to fight coronavirus and reopen their economies-CNN. Several states in the Northeast, West Coast and the Upper Great Plains regions are forming regional coalitions as a way to work together and stimulate economies at the same time.

New York

New York expands prevailing wage laws to private construction projects-Construction Dive. The prevailing wage laws in New York have been expanded to include private projects of a certain cost and have received public subsidies of at least 30% of total construction costs, ​as part of the new 2021 Enacted Budget.


DeSantis deploys National Guard as Florida’s elder-care centers face COVID-19 ‘nightmare’-Tampa Bay Times. Gov. Ron DeSantis is enlisting the National Guard in the fight against the coronavirus. DeSantis is bolstering strike teams in an effort to bring testing to hundreds of elder care facilities. As of Monday, 93 facilities in Florida had at least one resident test positive.


Washington, Oregon, California join pact for COVID-19 collaboration-KOMO News. Governor of Washington Jay Inslee has joined his counterparts in Oregon and California in creating a “Western States Pact” that promises close collaboration in the continued fight against COVID-19.


Supply Chain Issues Could Stymie Construction, Boost Industrial-Globe Street. While questions remain about the construction supply chain, American companies may want to increase warehouse space.

Self-care during quarantine: CSI members share their top tips- Construction Specifier. COVID-19 has had an impact on all of us, changing the way we live, and the way we work. This is why it is more important than ever to take care of your personal health.

Considered Essential, Utilities Sound Alarm on Worker Safety, Lack of COVID-19 Testing-Morning Consult. Despite regular calls with government agencies, sectors lack a timeline for PPE access.

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