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COVID-19 & AEC Update: June 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.

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

June 17th


Fauci: U.S. still in first wave of coronavirus pandemic-Axios. NIAID director Anthony Fauci warned in an interview against holding events while stressing that the U.S. is still in the grip of the coronavirus pandemic. “I don’t like to talk about a second wave right now, because we haven’t gotten out of our first wave,” he said.

Coronavirus vaccine will be made free for Americans who can’t afford it, U.S. officials say-CNBC. The coronavirus vaccine will be provided free of charge to Americans who can’t afford it, according to U.S. officials. Health officials and researchers have been fast-tracking work on vaccine development, aiming to produce 300 million doses of a potential vaccine by January.


6 states report record-high jumps in coronavirus cases as reopening plans weighed-CBS News. The United States may be at a crucial point in the coronavirus pandemic, with cases rising again and officials deciding whether to stay the course on reopening. At least 19 states have seen new cases go up in the last two weeks and six states on Tuesday reported record increases.

Some states see Covid-19 cases surging as restrictions are relaxed-CNN. Arizona and Texas on Tuesday reported a record high in their daily numbers of new COVID-19 cases. Florida on Monday had the highest number the state has yet seen of new and confirmed cases in a single day, after three record-breaking days late last week.


New Chicago Office Building Is One Of The First In The U.S. Designed For Post COVID-19 Environment-Forbes. One of the newest office buildings in Chicago, Fulton East is scheduled to open late summer 2020. The newly constructed development is also among the first commercial buildings specifically designed for a post-COVID-19 world.

New York

Construction unions adapt to new landscape with COVID-19 under Phase I reopening-AMNY. The recovery begins now for construction trades in New York City. Not only are its members are facing the usual occupational hazards, but also the looming threat of COVID-19.


Construction May Be ‘Essential’ But It Is Not Immune—Tips to Mitigate Against COVID-Related Delays-Daily Business Review. While construction has been classified as an essential industry here in most states, there are still potential consequences of COVID-19-related issues that can negatively impact a construction project. Being essential doesn’t mean you’re immune to delays and cost increases on a construction project.

Lenders’ top tips for weathering the COVID-19 crisis-Construction Dive. Having a strong relationship with a bank is crucial for businesses even in good times, but the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation has reinforced the importance of an effective financial institution. The Paycheck Protection Program demonstrates the critical role that a personal relationship with a banker plays.

U.S. home construction rebounds 4.3% in May-CNBC. U.S. home construction rebounds 4.3% in May after steep declines caused by shutdowns due to the coronavirus. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that the May rise in home construction followed declines in April and March.

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