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COVID-19 & AEC Update: April 17, 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 17th


Trump says negotiations underway to revive small business loan program, as firms impacted by virus grasp for new loans-Washington Post. Lawmakers have struggled to update the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program, which Republicans say ran out of money in just two weeks.

White House Plan to Reopen Economy Puts Onus on Governors-Route Fifty Today. The guidance offers a three-phase approach to reopening businesses and schools. The approach recommends states see a 14-day decline in COVID-19 infections before taking action.



Boston Mayor Considers Bringing Construction Back, Slowly-Engineering News-Record. The leader of the first big city in the United States to ban construction because of the coronavirus, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, is considering a plan to gradually resume building in the city.


Georgia Power Cuts Vogtle Project Workforce Amid Increase in COVID-19 Cases-ENR. Faced with a growing number of workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project, Georgia Power plans to reduce its craft workforce by roughly 20%.

New York

New York and other East Coast states extend shutdown of nonessential businesses to May 15, Gov. Cuomo says-CNBC. The shutdown of nonessential businesses in New York and other East Coast states was extended to May 15 as officials grapple with how to reopen parts of the economy without leading to a resurgence in coronavirus cases, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday.


Study confirms construction during pandemic puts workers, community at risk-Construction Dive. A new analysis has quantified how construction activity during the coronavirus pandemic elevates health hazards for workers as well as members of the general public in Austin, Texas.


These Real Estate And Construction Industry Insiders Will Advise President Trump On Reopening The Economy-Bisnow. President Donald Trump tapped more than a dozen real estate and construction industry leaders this week to counsel him on plans to reopen the national economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Building officials turn to video inspections to mitigate COVID-19 risk-Construction Dive. During a webinar hosted by the International Code Council, building officials shared their experiences with remote inspections as the coronavirus outbreak forces them to keep doing their jobs while still abiding by social distancing requirements.

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