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COVID-19 & AEC Update: June 2, 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 2nd


Construction spending falls less than expected-Reuters. U.S. construction spending fell less than expected in April even as other sectors of the economy buckle under the COVID-19 crisis. The Commerce Department said Monday that construction spending dropped 2.9% in April. The decline was the largest since October 2018.

U.S. Economy Faces Long Recovery From Coronavirus Effects, Experts Say-Wall Street Journal. The U.S. economy could take nearly a decade to fully recover from the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdowns, a U.S. budget agency said. This comes as a series of surveys pointed to continuing weakness in global manufacturing.



Leading California’s reopening, Tom Steyer plans to reinvigorate the state’s economy in phases-Fortune. Reinvigorating the state and “reopening” its economy is an incredibly difficult undertaking, and former 2020 presidential candidate Tom Steyer has been tasked with leading the way. As chair of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery, Steyer is presiding over a group of 80 business, labor, and community leaders, who are advising the governor on how to best lift restrictions.


State’s daily coronavirus death toll reaches two-month low: ‘What we’re seeing right now is a good trend’-Chicago Sun-Times. A total of 23 new coronavirus deaths were reported Monday in Illinois. The last time the state’s daily death tally fell below dozen was on April 2, when 16 deaths were reported.

New Jersey

New Jersey Sets Opening Dates for Outdoor Dining, Hair Salons and More in Stage 2-NBC New York. The state of New Jersey is on track to enter Stage 2 of its three-stage reopening process Monday. New York is also moving forward —  the Western New York and Capital regions are expected to enter Phase II within days, while NYC remains on track to reopen June 8.


Texas Sees Nearly 2,500 More COVID-19 Cases, 24 Deaths Over Weekend-NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Texas rose by nearly 2,500 on Saturday and Sunday and there were another 30 deaths tied to the disease caused by the new coronavirus.


Claims Committees and Disputes in the Construction Industry-JDSupra. As the construction industry adapts to operating in a COVID-19 world, the effects will continue to be felt as the economy moves from crisis to recovery. One of the most effective ways that owners, consultants and construction companies can prepare for and respond to disputes is by creating a claims committee. This team consists of a company’s in-house legal counsel, contract administrator and projects manager—as well as a claims consultant and outside legal counsel as required.

Moody’s: Expect more coronavirus-induced project delays-Construction Dive. Some types of construction projects historically have been prone to delays. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, those delays are about to get worse, according to a Moody’s Analytics REIS analysis.

Construction workers face ‘frightening health threat.’ Here’s how they can stay safe-Yahoo Lifestyle. If you work in construction, you most likely worry about many on-the-job hazards. Yet, the biggest threat by far may be to your lungs. Research shows that construction workers are twice as likely to develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as the rest of the nation.

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