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COVID-19 & AEC Update: April 7, 2020

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 7th


Here are the Metros With the Most Employment Risk-Globe Street. By the time all is said and done, every industry and region will be impacted by the dramatic decline in economic activity, though the impact will vary by city.

Governors see possible ‘flattening’ of the curve in latest coronavirus data-Politico. Improvements in the latest data on the pandemic in hard-hit states like New York, New Jersey, California and Washington raise hopes, but “this isn’t over,” governors warn.

More Americans worry about losing wages and covering costs as coronavirus spreads, CNBC/Change Research poll finds-CNBC. While many respondents from the poll expressed worry over losing income and other financial setbacks, the poll found that the majority of people worried for their health the most.


Coronavirus in the US: How all 50 states are responding – and why nine still refuse to issue stay-at-home orders-USA Today. The governors of the nine states without some form of a stay-at-home order have given different reasons for their refusal to issue similar directives that have been in use across the nation, covering more than 300 million Americans, to combat the coronavirus pandemic.


Florida coronavirus cases increase to 13,629 as more testing sites open across the state-Click Orlando. Following the first weekend Florida was under a stay-at-home order, coronavirus cases saw a smaller increase from Monday morning into the evening, reaching a new total of 13,629, according to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health.


Carpenters’ Union Says Roughly 10,000 Mass. Members Refuse To Work Amid Coronavirus Pandemic-WBUR. Concerned about health and safety for its workers, one of the state’s largest construction unions says almost all of its roughly 10,000 members are refusing to work, as of Monday. The union is the first construction association in Massachusetts to organize such a large-scale work stoppage, but the group hopes others will follow.

New York

New York City Halts Public Design Work-Engineering News-Record. While the majority of construction has been halted in New York City, architects that have been hired for city projects were surprised by receiving orders last week to stop all ongoing design work.


AECOM cuts executive and board pay by 20%, CEO Burke remains for now-Construction Dive. AECOM is the latest public construction firm to announce it will reduce the pay of its board members and top executives in response to the coronavirus crisis.

Sound Transit halts ‘almost all’ construction work due to coronavirus outbreak-Seattle Times. In the first major COVID-19 disruption for the largest transit expansion in the country, Sound Transit in the state of Washington has halted work at dozens of construction sites as of Monday.

Social Distancing, Shelter Orders Impede Construction Bonds-Engineering News-Record. The surety industry is asking officials to take emergency action to update decades-old rules requiring notarizations and signatures that the COVID-19 pandemic has made impossible or more difficult while social distancing and shelter rules are in place. Otherwise, the interruption in the normal process required for some projects could hold up construction projects.

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