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COVID-19 & AEC Update: March 25, 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.

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

March 25th


Negotiators strike deal on massive coronavirus rescue package-Politico. Senate leaders and the Trump administration clinched a bipartisan deal early Wednesday morning on a nearly $2 trillion emergency relief package in response to the coronavirus pandemic, a move intended to assist businesses and millions of Americans amid an unprecedented halt in the U.S. economy.

Here’s what’s in the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus deal for businesses-Yahoo Finance. As of early Wednesday, parts of the final bill were still being written; but here’s a rundown of what we know what’s in the emergency relief package aimed specifically at the business community.



California coronavirus prevention measures could last another 12 weeks, Gov. Gavin Newsom says-Sacramento Bee. “We’re trying to bend that curve, but we haven’t bent it,” Newsom said. “April for California would be sooner than any of the experts I talked to would believe is possible.” Newsom said he could see the social distancing measures lasting as long as 12 weeks. All Californians, not just the elderly, need to be careful.

New York

White House calls for 14-Day Quarantine For All Leaving New York-Bloomberg. The White House urged anyone who has been in New York to self-quarantine for 14 days to stop the spread of the coronavirus, which has become widespread in the city.

New Rochelle was a major coronavirus cluster two weeks ago. Here’s where it stands now-CNN. When New Rochelle, New York, found it had a cluster of people with coronavirus, the state took several drastic measures to stem its spread. Though cases have continued to rise, the measures have been effective for New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City.


Construction workers considered ‘essential’ and continue to work as one tests positive for COVID-19-Fox 12 Oregon. While Governor Kate Brown has issued a “stay at home” order for Oregonians, there are still some businesses, which are considered essential and employees must come to work. One such industry is construction, which must continue even if an employee tests positive for COVID-19.


Union construction workers in Las Vegas keep going amid pandemic-Fox 5 Vegas. Las Vegas residents are staying home for Nevada, but many construction workers are still working amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Projects across the valley are seeing production continue while concerns over the 2019 novel coronavirus continue to rise.


Opinion: Shut down all nonessential job sites to protect construction workers from COVID-19: A superintendent’s perspective-Construction Dive. This opinion piece is from James Lang, a superintendent for a major general contracting firm in central New York who has firsthand experience of how construction companies are reacting to the current crisis.

Webcor CEO Says New Business Practices Needed in Response to Pandemic-ENR. Working to keep his company’s projects moving amid an unprecedented viral pandemic, Webcor Builders CEO and president Jes Pedersen says the industry is going to have to evolve quickly to keep up with the situation. Safeguarding the health of workers on job sites is seen as one of the major priorities.

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