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COVID-19 & AEC Update: April 6, 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 6th


America’s small business bailout is off to a bad start-Axios. Websites have crashed, phones are jammed and confusion reigns as businesses rushed at today’s kickoff to get their chunk of the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program.

Pelosi says infrastructure may have to wait past fourth coronavirus bill –CNN. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that Democrats could put on hold a host of their infrastructure priorities and instead advance a new stimulus measure that mirrors the historic $2.2 trillion stimulus package President Donald Trump signed into law last week.

With worst to come, 3 in 4 U.S. hospitals now facing COVID-19-Politico. Three out of four U.S. hospitals surveyed are already treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, according to a federal report that finds hospitals expect to be overwhelmed as cases rocket toward their projected peak.



‘Now Is the Time to Beg’: City Officials Plead with Residents to Stop Flushing Toilet Paper Alternatives-Route Fifty. The coronavirus-induced toilet paper shortage is causing people to resort to creative alternatives. These can prove disastrous for sewer systems.


As much of Denver stays home to avoid coronavirus, ‘essential’ construction workers are in the field-Denverite. When Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado Governor Jared Polis named construction an essential industry late last month, they may have kept a sputtering economy going. They also may have exposed construction workers and their families to more health risks than their peers in industries where working from home is more doable.


Chicago’s McCormick Place Conversion Into COVID-19 Facility Will Be Rapid, Phased –Engineering News-Record. First beds were turned over for coronavirus patients April 4, with completion planned April 24.


Coronavirus pits construction unions against Massachusetts governor, 13,000 workers to walk off jobs-The Boston Herald. A trade union representing 13,000 carpenters in Massachusetts ordered all workers to walk off job sites on Monday, even as Gov. Charlie Baker has said some construction could continue as most industries shut down amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Construction continues around St. Louis as other work shuts down amid community spread of coronavirus-St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As the medical and economic tolls of the new coronavirus mount, construction industry executives are bracing for tough times. Already, they are navigating a patchwork of new restrictions, work stoppages and health-focused precautions.


Analysts predict a temporary coronavirus-related halt to commercial lending-Construction Dive. An analysis finds that the U.S. real estate and construction industry is facing a new challenge created by the coronavirus crisis: a potential shutdown of the commercial lending and investment markets.

Residential construction is bright spot in jobs report, but more workers start to stay home-CNBC. Overall construction employment fell in March, but residential construction added 2,000 jobs. It remains to be seen how long that will last.

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