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COVID-19 & AEC Update: June 1, 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.

June 1st


U.S. CDC reports total of 1,761,503 coronavirus cases, 103,700 deaths-Reuters. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday reported a total 1,761,503 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 23,553 cases from its previous count, and said that the number of deaths had risen by 915 to 103,700.

Is COVID-19 Paving the Way for a Changed Construction Industry?-US Glass Magazine. The construction industry historically has been a slow adopter of technology and digitization. However, the COVID-19 crisis could force its change more rapidly, according to a report from McKinsey & Company.

S&P US chief economist: How we can add $5.7 trillion to the US economy-CNN. The US economy is in need of an enormous boost. Could an investment in infrastructure help get the United States back on track and help the GDP recover more quickly?



Coronavirus cuts California homebuilding to 6-year low-The Press-Enterprise. In April, California builders filed 5,914 permits for all units (single-family homes, condos and apartments). That’s down 45% from February, the largest two-month drop since 2011. The last time fewer permits were filed statewide was May 2014.


PennDOT estimating nearly $1 billion in revenue losses due to COVID-19 shutdowns-WPMT Fox. The COVID-19 pandemic could end up having a massive impact on Pennsylvania’s infrastructure. Officials with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation estimate nearly $1 billion in losses. The total estimated dollars lost are based on an impact into late summer.

West Virginia

Construction industry works through coronavirus-Times West Virginian. Another concern is the risk of transmission between local and out-of-state crews. When construction was halted in other states, White said, some workers sought work in West Virginia, which posed a risk of spreading the virus across state lines.


OSHA issues new COVID-19 guidance-Construction Dive. OSHA has issued two new pieces of enforcement guidance for employers, one for recording COVID-19 cases and the other regarding its plans for onsite inspections. Both are limited to the duration of the current novel coronavirus public health crisis.

Coronavirus has affected construction the most in these 10 states-Construction Dive. The coronavirus crisis has had a negative effect on construction firms across the country but those working in a handful of states, especially those with government-mandated jobsite shutdowns, have been especially hard hit. Vermont, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Washington, New Jersey, Alaska, Connecticut, West Virginia

Now, More Than Ever, The Nation Needs Design-Build- Dallas Business Journal. The Beck Group’s National Design Leader, Rick del Monte, explains why design-build is the nation’s fastest-growing and most popular delivery method.

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