Impact du coronavirus sur l'industrie AEC

Impact du coronavirus sur l'industrie AEC

MISE À JOUR: vendredi 27 mars, 12 h 56 CDT

Forte augmentation du nombre de propriétaires annulant ou retardant des projets de construction à travers le pays, selon un nouveau sondage (AGC) – 27 marsAprès que 42 États ont ajouté des emplois en février, le coronavirus fait des ravages rapides et sévères dans l'industrie, incitant les responsables de l'association à appeler à des mesures supplémentaires pour aider les travailleurs et les entreprises à se rétablir.

Penn Medicine accélère la construction de l'hôpital Philly de 1,5 milliard de dollars de 15 mois pendant la crise des coronavirus (Construction Dive) – 27 mars"La construction se poursuit à grands pas pour le Pavillon du système de santé de l'Université de Pennsylvanie (Penn Medicine), un hôpital de 1,5 milliard de dollars sur 17 étages et 1,5 million de pieds carrés sur le campus de l'hôpital de l'Université de Pennsylvanie (HUP). Le pavillon, qui ajoutera environ 120 lits, devrait ouvrir à la mi-avril, a déclaré dans un communiqué un porte-parole de Penn Medicine, qui exploite HUP. La construction se poursuivant 24 heures sur 24 et 7 jours sur 7, le projet serait achevé 15 mois avant calendrier. "En savoir plus

Covid-19 freine la demande de services de conception (AIA) – 27 marsLes deux tiers des cabinets d'architecture signalent un ralentissement ou un arrêt des projets en raison de COVID-19.

Concevoir des soins de santé pour une capacité de pointe (Gensler) – 27 mars"Nous pensons qu'une partie de la réponse à plus long terme ne réside pas seulement dans les prestataires de soins de santé traditionnels, mais aussi dans le potentiel de nos villes et communautés à s'adapter et à changer." Lire la suite

Les travaux de construction à New York jugés «non essentiels», la plupart des projets doivent s'arrêter au milieu des coronavirus (NY Daily News) – 27 mars"Le gouverneur Cuomo a jugé que la construction n'est pas un travail" essentiel ", arrêtant efficacement la plupart des travaux de construction en raison de pointes de coronavirus, a déclaré vendredi le maire de Blasio. Le gouverneur a déclaré à la ville que les travaux de construction devaient cesser immédiatement, comme d'autres industries qui ferment leurs portes. pour lutter contre la propagation de la pandémie mortelle. " Cuomo a déclaré que les travaux qui ne sont pas directement liés à la lutte contre COVID-19 ou au maintien des opérations de la ville doivent cesser. Lire la suite

Comment les entrepreneurs en construction travaillent pour gérer les risques de coronavirus (Zurich Amérique du Nord) – 27 mars"Les entrepreneurs effectuent des quarts de travail stupéfiants et les équipes nettoient les outils, les poignées et les mains dans les villes où les projets se poursuivent." En savoir plus

Ce n'est pas si, mais quand: Concevoir des espaces de soins de santé qui soutiennent la réponse à la pandémie (Stantec) – 26 marsQue pouvons-nous apprendre de la réponse de Singapour à COVID-19? Comment cela affecte-t-il la prochaine génération d'hôpitaux? Lire la suite

L'ordre d'arrêt du Coronavirus arrête la construction de nombreux projets, mais pas tous (The Seattle Times) – 26 mars"Les constructeurs n'étaient pas sur le chantier de construction de KeyArena jeudi, alors que l'ordre du gouverneur Jay Inslee exigeant que tous les travailleurs non essentiels restent à la maison pendant deux semaines prenne effet. Mais ils seront de retour au travail à partir de lundi", a déclaré Tim Leiweke, PDG de Oak View Group, la société qui dirige la rénovation de 930 millions de dollars de l'aréna du stade en une arène beaucoup plus grande pour la nouvelle équipe de la Ligue nationale de hockey de Seattle. "En savoir plus

Un coup de pouce au siècle biotechnologique à venir (WSJ) – 26 marsLa peste des coronavirus accélérera notre transition vers la troisième grande révolution de l'innovation des temps modernes. Ces révolutions sont nées de la découverte, il y a un peu plus d'un siècle, des trois noyaux fondamentaux de notre existence: l'atome, le mors et le gène.

Des architectes prennent des mesures pour soutenir la réponse COVID-19 (AIA) – 26 marsLe nouveau groupe de travail AIA offrira des informations sur l'adaptation des bâtiments aux établissements de santé.Plus

AGC: Les dispositions fiscales et de prêt du projet de loi d'allègement du coronavirus du Sénat aideront les entreprises de construction, mais l'industrie a besoin de mesures supplémentaires (AGC) – 26 marsLes responsables de la construction affirment que cette mesure aidera les entreprises à faire face à la crise immédiate des flux de trésorerie, mais l'industrie a besoin d'une compensation pour les pertes.Plus

Coronavirus Dernières nouvelles d'Oxford Economics: le bilan économique augmente même si les gouvernements compensent les blocages avec des lignes de vie politiques (Oxford Economics) – 26 mars

  • Le plan de relance de 2 milliards de dollars américains, le Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, prévoit des mesures de relance budgétaire, des prêts et des garanties de prêt représentant 9% du PIB américain.

  • Avec des fermetures partielles à travers les États-Unis entraînant un arrêt soudain de l'activité économique, les États-Unis connaîtront la plus forte contraction économique jamais enregistrée avec la plus forte poussée de chômage de tous les temps. Les dernières mesures de relance réduiront le risque d'une dépression encore plus profonde de l'activité et de l'emploi et soutiendront un rebond post-virus de l'activité – mais cela n'empêchera pas la récession en cours.

  • La loi CARES à trois volets soutiendra les ménages par le biais de chèques directs aux familles à revenu faible ou intermédiaire ainsi qu'à une augmentation des prestations de chômage. Il soutiendra les grandes et petites entreprises via près de 1 milliard de dollars de prêts, de garanties de prêts et de fonds de sauvetage. Et il fournira de nouveaux financements pour les hôpitaux, les gouvernements des États et locaux et une myriade d'organismes fédéraux.

  • Étant donné le manque de détails et de prévoyance concernant l'utilisation des programmes de prêt, il n'est pas encore possible de quantifier l'impact budgétaire net de la loi CARES. Cependant, puisque près de la moitié des financements sont destinés aux facilités de prêt, le déficit budgétaire sera bien inférieur à 9% du PIB.

  • Nous mettons en garde contre l'idée erronée que le programme peut être mis à profit pour stimuler l'économie de 6 milliards de dollars. La taille de l'effet de levier est fonction des provisions pour pertes sur créances, de sorte que le programme agit davantage comme un plancher empêchant un effondrement économique plutôt que de donner un coup de fouet à l'activité.

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    Comment convertir les dortoirs des collèges pour soutenir la crise des coronavirus (NBBJ) – 26 marsBien que les dortoirs des étudiants soient bien adaptés à certaines utilisations alternatives des soins de santé – du logement du personnel clinique au traitement des patients à faible acuité – il y a des éléments importants à considérer lors de l'exploration de la façon de les convertir en traitement contre les coronavirus.

    L'AIA félicite le Congrès pour l'avancement des secours COVID-19 (AIA) désespérément nécessaires – 26 marsL'approbation de la dernière législation de secours fait avancer un certain nombre de mesures soutenues par l'AIA pour aider à répondre aux besoins des entreprises et des membres.

    Concevoir des laboratoires de santé publique pour protéger les chercheurs pendant les pandémies (CannonDesign) – 25 mars"En tant que concepteurs de laboratoires, nous voulons faire la lumière sur un sous-ensemble de notre population essentiel pour nous protéger et prévenir la propagation des épidémies graves: les chercheurs en santé publique." En savoir plus

    Plaza Construction et l'alliance stratégique Central Consulting & Contracting s'étendent en Floride en réponse à la pandémie de coronavirus (Plaza Construction) – 25 mars"En harmonisant l'expertise et les ressources, les entreprises fourniront des services de construction rapides, efficaces et efficients aux systèmes de santé dans les régions du Nord-Est, du Centre de l'Atlantique et de la Floride, sans frais pour les projets liés à la pandémie de COVID-19." Lire la suite

    Le Congrès se prépare à adopter un projet de loi d'aide de 2 billions de dollars en tant que Virus Shakes Society (New York Times) – 26 mars"Le Sénat a approuvé à l'unanimité un projet de loi qui promet un versement de 1 200 $ à des millions d'Américains, augmente l'aide au chômage et crée un fonds de sauvetage pour les entreprises. La Chambre devrait l'adopter d'ici vendredi et l'envoyer au président Trump pour approbation." En savoir plus

    WEBINAIRE SUR DEMANDE: Implications de COVID-19 pour les investisseurs immobiliers et les occupants (Cushman & Wakefield, enregistré le 23 mars) – 26 marsLes sujets comprennent une analyse macroéconomique de l'économiste en chef, Kevin Thorpe, et des commentaires sur le pouls des investisseurs immobiliers et des occupants de Carlo Barel di Sant’Albano, Doug Harmon et Steve Quick.

    Hôtel de ville virtuel, 31 mars, de 14 h 00 à 15 h 30 HNE: Association des propriétaires de construction d'Amérique (COAA) "Rejoignez vos collègues propriétaires, fournisseurs de services et autres parties prenantes de l'industrie lors d'une assemblée publique virtuelle pour discuter des impacts de COVID-19 sur notre industrie. Cela sera largement axé sur ce que les participants veulent discuter, mais nous fournirons également des idées pour mieux travailler virtuellement et expliquer ce que COAA fait pour soutenir les propriétaires et les membres en ces temps sans précédent. Vous pouvez participer activement ou simplement écouter. "Inscrivez-vous ici

    Bernanke: les perturbations du coronavirus «beaucoup plus proches d'une tempête de neige majeure» que la Grande Dépression (CNBC) – 25 mars"Ben Bernanke, l'ancien président de la Réserve fédérale qui a servi avant et après la crise financière de 2008, a déclaré mercredi à CNBC que l'arrêt économique du coronavirus ressemble plus à une" tempête de neige majeure "qu'à une dépression économique. Bernanke a déclaré qu'il s'attend à une" très forte " La récession américaine, mais aussi une reprise "assez rapide". "Lire la suite

    Carlo Ratti convertit les conteneurs d'expédition en modules de soins intensifs pour la pandémie COVID-19 (ArchDaily) – 25 mars«Grâce au confinement biologique avec pression négative, les conteneurs intermodaux de 20 pieds sont une salle d'isolement sûre, contenant chacun tout l'équipement médical nécessaire pour deux patients en soins intensifs COVID-19, y compris des ventilateurs et des stands de liquides intraveineux. En fait, chaque pod compact pour les patients atteints d'infections respiratoires peuvent travailler de manière autonome. "En savoir plus

    # COVID19 Webinaires de l'industrie AEC pour cette semaine

    Jeudi 26 marsNaviguer contre l'éclosion, partie IV: comment protéger vos employés et vos projets (14 h 00 à 15 h 30 HAE) Hébergé par AGCCost: gratuit pour les membres de l'AGC; 599 $ pour les non-membres pour une série de webinaires en huit parties

    Vendredi 27 marsComment les documents contractuels AIA abordent-ils les problèmes liés à COVID-19? (12 h 00-13 h 30 HAE) Hébergé par AIA Contract DocumentsCoût: gratuitInscrivez-vous ici

    Naviguer contre l'éclosion, partie V: les éléments d'un plan de continuité de projet complet (14 h 00 – 15 h 30 HAE) Hébergé par AGCCost: gratuit pour les membres de l'AGC; 599 $ pour les non-membres pour une série de webinaires en huit parties

    Congrès et grève de la Maison Blanche pour un programme de relance de 2 billions de dollars (New York Times) – 25 mars"Le plan fournirait des paiements directs aux contribuables, des prestations de chômage et un fonds de 500 milliards de dollars pour aider les entreprises en difficulté, avec les exigences de surveillance exigées par les démocrates." En savoir plus

    Webinaire, le 27 mars, de 12 h à 13 h 30 HE: Comment les documents contractuels AIA abordent-ils les problèmes liés à COVID-19? (Documents contractuels AIA) – 25 mars"Découvrez Force Majeure, un terme français, qui se traduit littéralement par" une force supérieure "et comment les différents accords de l'AIA répartissent ces types de risques, y compris les perturbations, les pénuries de matériaux, les retards et d'autres problèmes. Découvrez les rôles et les responsabilités du projet membres de l'équipe. Apprenez l'importance de documents contractuels efficaces et de la communication entre les membres du projet afin d'assurer la santé, la sécurité et le bien-être du public. "Inscrivez-vous à ce webinaire (sans frais)

    Regardez le webinaire du 20 mars de l'AGC: derniers développements et impact sur l'industrie de la construction (AGC) – 25 marsL'AGC a organisé un WebEd pour les membres et les sections le vendredi 20 mars pour une mise à jour sur la façon dont l'industrie de la construction est affectée par le coronavirus. Regarder le webinaireTélécharger les diapositives

    Cinq groupes de l'industrie sidérurgique exhortent l'administration à ne pas affaiblir les tarifs d'importation (American Iron and Steel Institute) – 25 mars«L'industrie sidérurgique aux États-Unis apprécie les efforts que l'administration a déployés pour limiter la propagation et l'impact de la pandémie de COVID-19, en particulier sur les entreprises et l'économie en général. Tout effort visant à retarder ou à réduire la perception des droits sur les importations d'acier commercialisées injustement ou les importations qui menacent de compromettre la sécurité nationale et économique des États-Unis nuira en fin de compte aux travailleurs et aux entreprises des États-Unis pendant ce moment sans précédent. Le groupe s'est déclaré préoccupé par une communication publiée par le biais du service de messagerie des systèmes de fret (CSMS) le 20 mars 2020, qui note que le CBP accordera "des jours supplémentaires pour le paiement des droits, taxes et frais estimés" au cas par cas. en raison de la situation d'urgence et de la possibilité qu'une politique à plus long terme soit mise en place. "En savoir plus

    Comment les contrats AIA résolvent les problèmes liés à la pandémie de COVID-19 (Documents contractuels AIA) – 25 mars"Dans un avenir prévisible, l'industrie de la conception et de la construction pourrait connaître des perturbations considérables, telles que des pénuries de matériaux, des retards de construction, des arrêts de travail et des projets suspendus et terminés en raison de la pandémie de coronavirus. Cet article fournit quelques conseils sur la façon de gérer les retards du projet, suspensions et résiliations avec documents AIA, et fournit également une liste de certains problèmes d'assurance à considérer. "En savoir plus

    Le coronavirus affecte tous les aspects de l'économie américaine (JLL) – 24 mars"La plus longue expansion de l'histoire des États-Unis est terminée et les récentes publications de données signalent des problèmes. COVID-19 a un impact sur tous les aspects de l'économie et la Fed et le Congrès mettent tout en œuvre pour la remettre sur les rails." En savoir plus

    Impacts du coronavirus sur l'immobilier: pourquoi vous devez penser à court et à long terme (Forbes, RCLCO) – 24 mars"L'industrie immobilière est assaillie par le coronavirus, et elle va empirer avant de s'améliorer. Les effets sur l'immobilier varieront selon le secteur et le marché, et l'ampleur des effets dépendra de la durée de l'arrêt économique. Les secteurs de l'immobilier les plus durement touchés jusqu'à présent sont les hôtels, les restaurants, les bars et les autres commerces de détail (en particulier dans les zones touristiques), suivis de près par le commerce de détail et le logement (en particulier les résidences secondaires et les maisons de luxe). "En savoir plus

    Réunion virtuelle de la mairie de l'AIASF: 25 mars, 12 h 00 – 13 h 00 Pacifique (AIA SF) – 24 mars"Alors que la profession d'architecte réagit au nouveau coronavirus, nous avons tous des questions. Bien qu'il y ait une énorme incertitude autour de la pandémie, ce que nous savons avec certitude, c'est qu'il y aura des impacts sur votre entreprise, vos clients, vos employés et vos projets. . Vous êtes invités à une conversation pour partager des histoires et apprendre les uns des autres sur les mesures prises pour surmonter cette tempête. Bien qu'aucun de nous n'ait toutes les réponses, ou des réponses appropriées partout, nous pouvons collectivement partager nos préoccupations, nos réponses et nos idées. . Ces informations aideront à organiser une table ronde à l'échelle de l'État (via un webinaire) plus tard ce mois-ci. " S'inscrire

    Les syndicats de la construction de l'Ontario demandent au gouvernement de les fermer (Global News) – 24 mars"Le directeur exécutif du Consortium de construction de l'Ontario, Phil Gillies, a déclaré que l'annonce du premier ministre Doug Ford de fermer des entreprises non essentielles a semé la confusion dans l'industrie de la construction et a laissé les travailleurs sans protection." Cela n'a aucun sens que vous ne puissiez pas avoir votre un voisin pour une tasse de café, mais les chantiers de construction devraient continuer leurs activités et ils peuvent avoir des centaines d'employés travaillant à proximité les uns des autres », a déclaré Gillies." Lire la suite

    Resort à Las Vegas en attente, d'autres travaux de construction se poursuivent au milieu de la propagation de COVID-19 (CTBUH) – 24 mars"Avec la vie quotidienne de COVID-19 à Las Vegas, au moins un grand projet immobilier a suspendu les travaux de construction pendant l'épidémie, et au moins un autre dit qu'il prévoit de continuer à construire. Le propriétaire de Drew Las Vegas, Steve Witkoff, a déclaré dans un communiqué. dans la soirée du 17 mars 2020, il a «interrompu les équipes de construction de venir sur place» à l'hôtel-casino North Strip et a demandé aux employés de travailler à domicile. "En savoir plus

    Au milieu de l'incertitude entourant COVID-19, les architectes s'adaptent à une nouvelle normalité (AIA) – 24 mars"La semaine dernière, les directeurs de cabinets d'architecture ont verrouillé leurs portes derrière eux et ont mis en œuvre des politiques de télétravail dans le cadre de la campagne mondiale de lutte contre la propagation de COVID-19. L'industrie AEC plus large a ressenti les effets d'entraînement des mesures de distanciation sociale plus tard dans la semaine, à Boston. Le maire a suspendu les projets de construction pendant deux semaines, créant ainsi un précédent potentiel pour les autres autorités de la ville. En cette période d'incertitude, les architectes et leurs entreprises apprennent à faire face à des défis à court terme en s'adaptant à la conduite quotidienne nouvelles opérations, en grande partie en ligne. À plus long terme, la gestion de l'incertitude économique – dont l'ampleur est encore en train de se faire sentir – sera une préoccupation majeure pour chaque entreprise. "En savoir plus

    Fermez tous les chantiers non essentiels pour protéger les travailleurs de la construction de COVID-19: le point de vue d'un surintendant (Construction Dive) – 24 mars"Je suis un surintendant qui travaille quotidiennement sur le terrain et j'ai vu de première main comment certaines entreprises de construction locales de ma région font avancer des projets qui ne sont pas essentiels et mettent la santé et la sécurité des employés et de leurs familles, dont certains sont déjà âgés ou ont des conditions sous-jacentes, à risque au nom du calendrier et du profit. "En savoir plus

    Lecture en temps opportun: Un guide de l'architecte sur la pratique virtuelle (AIA) – 24 mars"Bien qu'il existe de nombreux avantages d'une pratique virtuelle, comme dans la plupart des entreprises, il existe également des risques. L'embauche des bons professionnels, tels qu'un avocat, un consultant en affaires et un conseiller financier, est la meilleure approche pour vous aider à poser les les bases dont vous aurez besoin pour réussir à l'avenir. Il est extrêmement important que chaque praticien comprenne ce qui est légalement requis afin de ne pas découvrir trop tard ce qui peut mal tourner. "Lire la suite

    Webinaire (jeudi 26 mars, 12 h HAE): Planification d'urgence des activités (Animé par Morrissey Goodale) – 24 mars"Le Coronavirus évolue rapidement. Vos décisions commerciales doivent venir encore plus vite. Des décisions judicieuses nécessitent une planification pour vous aider à naviguer dans les turbulences du marché. Réagir sans plan ni comprendre comment les événements et les décisions peuvent affecter votre entreprise est un pari que vous ne devriez pas Ne risquez pas tout sur ce défi bi-générationnel. Ce n'est pas seulement l'impact de COVID-19 sur votre entreprise, c'est l'impact sur vos clients, leurs bailleurs de fonds, les régulateurs et autres responsables. "Inscrivez-vous à ce webinaire (79 $ )

    Les investisseurs envisagent un deuxième rebond si le coronavirus est contenu (Bisnow) – 23 mars"Si la propagation du coronavirus est contenue, certains économistes et experts de l'immobilier commercial prédisent que le marché immobilier devrait rebondir plus tard cette année." À ce jour, le consensus suppose toujours un rebond à un moment donné dans la seconde moitié de l'année. 2020 », a déclaré Kevin Thorpe, économiste en chef mondial de Cushman & Wakefield lors d'un webinaire sur le coronavirus, qui cause le COVID-19." En savoir plus

    AGC, d'autres, poussent l'OSHA à cesser de traiter les positifs pour coronavirus comme des incidents à signaler et demande de la flexibilité aux entreprises qui manquent de masques N95 (AGC) – 23 mars"AGC, en collaboration avec nos partenaires de l'industrie de la Coalition pour la sécurité dans l'industrie de la construction (CISC), incite l'Administration de la sécurité et de la santé au travail (OSHA) à réévaluer sa décision de traiter les cas d'employés contractant COVID-19 comme des incidents enregistrables. les prestataires de soins de santé devraient être tenus de signaler ces cas dans leurs journaux car ils sont en contact direct avec des personnes ayant des cas confirmés et sont les plus à risque. En même temps, nous poussons l'OSHA à fournir une flexibilité dans l'application en ce qui concerne l'utilisation des respirateurs en raison de la pénurie croissante de respirateurs N95. Par exemple, l'OSHA devrait envisager d'autoriser la rotation des emplois pour réduire l'exposition des employés qui n'ont peut-être pas accès aux masques appropriés. "Lire la suite

    Webinaire YouTube: comment deux cabinets d'architecture gèrent un environnement de travail virtuel (Boston Society for Architecture) – 23 marsCe webinaire présente des astuces et des conseils de deux cabinets d'architecture basés à Boston: Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) et Swam Architecture. Voir le webinaire sur demandeTélécharger le Slidedeck

    Webinaire (mardi 24 mars, 12 h HAE et mercredi 25 mars, 12 h HAE): Travailler à distance – La nouvelle normalité (animé par Morrissey Goodale) – 24 mars«Le Coronavirus a fait du travail à distance la nouvelle norme pour l'industrie A / E. Rejoignez Stafford Palmieiri pour ce webinaire de 60 minutes en temps opportun, car elle propose des stratégies précieuses sur la façon de continuer à produire, à gérer et à diriger au plus haut niveau – depuis chez vous . Faites l'expérience de gains immédiats. " Inscrivez-vous à ce webinaire (79 $)

    La CRE s'attaque à «l'hiver nucléaire» alors que l'inventaire des sous-locations augmente (Bisnow) – 23 mars"L'un des effets de la pandémie de coronavirus semble être une augmentation des stocks de sous-locations le long de la côte ouest, qui est elle-même un signe avant-coureur de la récession", a déclaré la maison de courtage Hughes Marino cette semaine. "Lire la suite

    HFA offrira une tolérance aux propriétaires multifamiliaux pour aider à prévenir les expulsions (Investisseur immobilier national) – 23 mars"L'Agence fédérale de financement du logement (FHFA) a annoncé que Fannie Mae et Freddie Mac offriront aux propriétaires d'immeubles multifamiliaux une abstention hypothécaire à condition qu'ils suspendent toutes les expulsions pour les locataires incapables de payer le loyer en raison de l'impact du coronavirus." En savoir plus

    Les propriétaires d'appartements se sont prêts pour une vague de loyer impayé (Bisnow) – 23 mars"La propagation du coronavirus – et les mesures drastiques que les gouvernements imposent pour le ralentir – fait des ravages dans l'économie du pays. Les propriétaires multifamiliaux travaillent actuellement sur la façon de gérer les semaines et les mois à venir si leurs loyers attendus ne suffisent pas." Lire plus

    RMJM présente une base de données pour les architectes en quarantaine pour les aider à trouver du travail (RMJM) – 23 mars"Cette nouvelle initiative offrira des opportunités pour garantir que les architectes, ingénieurs et designers affectés par la crise des coronavirus dans le monde puissent continuer à travailler et à gagner de l'argent tout en étant éloignés de leur lieu de travail et de leurs équipes." En savoir plus

    Javits Center pourrait accueillir quatre hôpitaux d'urgence (NY Post) – 23 mars"Le gouverneur Andrew Cuomo a demandé dimanche à la Federal Emergency Management Agency de mettre en place quatre hôpitaux d'urgence à l'intérieur du Javits Center de Manhattan pour aider à lutter contre le coronavirus, alors que le nombre de cas d'État a dépassé les 15 000, dont près de 10 000 dans les cinq arrondissements." Lire la suite

    La construction peut se poursuivre à New York, en Californie et en Illinois en raison des arrêtés. Dans d'autres régions, c'est interdit (Construction Dive) – 23 mars"Pour l'instant, il semble que les fermetures qui ont été promulguées jusqu'à présent exemptent la plupart des activités de construction, mais avec des mises en garde." En savoir plus

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    La NRCA organise une campagne de lettres pour répondre aux préoccupations des entreprises pendant la crise COVID-19 (NRCA) – 23 mars"Pour aider à répondre aux préoccupations des professionnels de la toiture pendant la crise actuelle du COVID-19, la National Roofing Contractors Association a mené un effort à l'échelle de l'industrie le 19 mars pour envoyer une lettre au président Trump demandant à l'administration de fournir des orientations claires aux États concernant l'industrie essentielle et le travailleur essentiel. Dans la lettre, la NRCA et les organisations affiliées ont demandé à l'administration de clarifier les entreprises, les services et les travailleurs essentiels aux gouvernements des États et locaux et ont expliqué pourquoi ces orientations devraient reconnaître le rôle de l'industrie de la toiture dans la protection des familles et des employeurs américains. " Lire la suite

    La construction est-elle une «industrie essentielle»? Oui et non, dit AGC. (AGC) – 23 mars«Le gouvernement fédéral a récemment publié une liste (lien externe) détaillant les« industries d'infrastructures essentielles »dont les travailleurs sont« essentiels »et devrait poursuivre les horaires de travail normaux. Bien que le document énumère les industries pour lesquelles la construction est absolument essentielle, notre industrie n'a pas été explicitement incluse Même si la liste «n'est pas, ni ne devrait être considérée comme une directive ou une norme fédérale en soi», certains États l'ont / envisagent de déterminer quelles industries peuvent aller travailler au sein de l'État et du COVID-19 local. réponses au logement en place, entre autres politiques. "En savoir plus

    «Le statu quo»: le coronavirus n'a pas nui aux projets de construction dans la région d'Omaha (Omaha World-Herald) – 22 mars"Il est en marche à l'heure actuelle sur de nombreux sites de construction et de réaménagement de la région d'Omaha. Certains pourraient même être accélérés. C'est le mot de plusieurs développeurs et leaders de la construction qui ont déclaré que le roman coronavirus n'avait jusqu'à présent pas découragé leurs projets de construction locaux – du moins pas ceux déjà en cours. "En savoir plus

    Groupe de logements multifamiliaux aux propriétaires d'appartements: intensifier et soutenir les résidents touchés par COVID-19 (NMHC) – 22 marsLe National Multifamily Housing Council a publié les recommandations suivantes pour les propriétaires d'appartements afin d'aider les locataires américains à conserver leur logement pendant cette crise:• Arrêter les expulsions pendant 90 jours pour ceux qui peuvent prouver qu'ils ont été financièrement touchés par la pandémie de COVID-19. (Cela ne s'appliquerait pas aux expulsions pour d'autres violations de bail telles que des dommages matériels, des activités criminelles ou mettant en danger la sécurité d'autres résidents de la communauté.)• Évitez les augmentations de loyer pendant 90 jours pour aider les résidents à surmonter la crise.• Créer des plans de paiement pour les résidents qui ne peuvent pas payer leur loyer en raison de l'épidémie et renoncent aux frais de retard pour ces résidents.• Identifier les ressources gouvernementales et communautaires pour aider les résidents à obtenir de la nourriture, une aide financière et des soins de santé et à partager ces informations avec les résidents.• Communiquer aux résidents qu'il est prioritaire pour l'industrie de s'associer avec eux pour les aider à conserver leur logement. • Élaborer un plan de réponse pour une exposition potentielle au COVID-19. "Nous reconnaissons également que la plupart des propriétés locatives appartiennent à des particuliers et à de petites entreprises qui ont des obligations financières, y compris des hypothèques, des services publics, des salaires, des assurances et des taxes. Si les résidents ne peuvent pas payer la totalité de leurs obligations de loyer en raison du COVID -19 alors que les propriétaires risquent de ne pas respecter leurs propres obligations financières, ce qui met en péril la propriété individuelle et la communauté dans son ensemble. Le Congrès doit étendre l'abstention hypothécaire aux propriétaires d'immeubles locatifs et étendre des protections similaires à d'autres obligations financières telles que les primes d'assurance, les paiements de services publics et les obligations fiscales. L'abstention est nécessaire pour empêcher la forclusion et d'autres actions défavorables telles que les placements de privilèges, les fermetures de services publics, les défauts de paiement et les jugements qui pourraient avoir un impact négatif sur la viabilité de l'exploitation continue de la propriété et, en fin de compte, mettre ses résidents en danger de perturbation supplémentaire. "Lire la suite

    Mise à jour des prévisions: la pandémie de coronavirus inflige une courte et forte récession à l'économie mondiale (Oxford Economics) – 22 mars"Nos prévisions mondiales mises à jour montrent maintenant que l'économie mondiale et de nombreuses grandes économies nationales entrent en profonde récession au cours du premier semestre de 2020. Aux États-Unis, l'économie est également déjà en récession. La pandémie entraînera une profonde, omniprésente et réductions persistantes mais non permanentes de l'activité, avec des réductions généralisées des dépenses sociales, de graves perturbations des chaînes d'approvisionnement et une interruption majeure des activités de voyage et de tourisme.Nous prévoyons maintenant que l'économie américaine diminuera de 0,2% en 2020 dans son ensemble, par rapport à l'expansion de 1,7% de nos prévisions pro-flambée. Nous prévoyons une baisse massive de 11% de la production au deuxième trimestre, entraînée par un recul massif des dépenses discrétionnaires et sociales, ce qui entraînera probablement la plus forte contraction trimestrielle des dépenses de consommation jamais enregistrée. on s'attend à ce que l'investissement des entreprises et le commerce diminuent le plus depuis la crise financière. Cependant, nous prévoyons une reprise de la croissance en 2021 pour voir l'économie américaine croître de 4,1% l'année prochaine. "Télécharger le rapport complet (PDF)

    Le PDG de Perkins et Will voit une lumière au bout du tunnel COVID-19 (BD + C) – 21 mars"Phil Harrison dit que l'épidémie de virus pourrait faire en sorte que plus de clients voient le lien entre la conception et le bien-être." En savoir plus

    Les chefs d'entreprise et les syndicats du secteur de la construction appellent les représentants du gouvernement à inclure la construction comme «service essentiel» lors des fermetures (AGC) – 21 mars«Les compétences uniques des travailleurs de la construction sont essentielles, maintenant et dans les semaines à venir, pour construire, entretenir et réparer des infrastructures essentielles, et pour construire des installations sanitaires temporaires et rénover et agrandir celles qui existent déjà." En savoir plus

    Associated General Contractors lance une série de webinaires en huit parties sur COVID-19 (BD + C) – 21 mars"Les Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), avec 26 000 membres, ont organisé une série de webinaires en huit parties dont les épisodes approfondiront divers sujets liés à la poursuite des activités pendant l'épidémie de COVID-19." En savoir plus

    Recherche BD + C: l'industrie AEC se prépare à une luge difficile dans les prochains mois au milieu de l'épidémie de COVID-19 (BD + C) – 20 mars"Près de la moitié des entreprises AEC s'attendent à ce que l'épidémie de COVID-19 ait un impact considérable sur leurs activités. Le même pourcentage prévoit que les projets sur lesquels ils ont travaillé seront reportés à la suite de la pandémie. Ce sont des résultats clés dans un sondage que BD + C mène depuis plusieurs jours pour évaluer l'effet du virus sur l'industrie de la construction américaine. Pendant la période de scrutin, le virus a fait des ravages sur l'économie mondiale et a conduit le président Trump à déclarer urgence nationale. "En savoir plus

    Webinaire: Webinaires contextuels de la série COVID-19 tous les mardis et jeudis jusqu'au 30 avril (CoreNet Global) – 20 marsCoreNet Global organisera des sessions «micro ouvert» pour permettre aux membres de poser des questions et de partager des idées avec leurs pairs. Les mardis à 8 h 30 HAE et les jeudis à 12 h 30 (pas besoin de s'inscrire) .En savoir plus

    Webinaire: Table ronde sur l'Amérique du Nord – 25 mars, 12 h HAE (CoreNet Global) – 20 marsUne table ronde dirigée par Cristina G. Banks, Ph.D., directrice du Centre interdisciplinaire pour des lieux de travail sains à l'Université de Californie à Berkeley, avec des participants de grandes entreprises.

    Renforcement de la résilience des entreprises: publication d'une table ronde sur les coronavirus (COVID-19) (CoreNet Global) – 20 marsAlors que l'épidémie de coronavirus (COVID-19) continue de se propager, les entreprises ferment des bureaux, imposent le travail à distance et révisent les politiques de voyage des entreprises. La CRE a un rôle essentiel à jouer dans l'élaboration et la mise en œuvre des stratégies de continuité d'activité. Rejoignez cette conversation en temps opportun avec vos pairs qui sont en première ligne pour obtenir des informations pratiques et des idées à emporter pour rendre votre entreprise plus résiliente.

    La pandémie a interrompu ou retardé des projets pour 28% des entrepreneurs (AGC) – 20 mars"Le ralentissement causé par le coronavirus contraste avec les chiffres de janvier montrant qu'une majorité de zones métropolitaines ont ajouté des emplois dans la construction; les responsables notent que de nouveaux financements d'infrastructure et des correctifs de congés familiaux payés sont nécessaires."

    L'AIA implore le Congrès de soulager les propriétaires d'entreprises et les employés (AIA) – 20 mars«Alors que le Congrès examine une législation supplémentaire pour stimuler l'économie, l'AIA vous exhorte à inclure des investissements importants dans les infrastructures du 21e siècle et des mesures de secours temporaires pour les propriétaires d'entreprises. Les deux apporteront le soulagement nécessaire à court terme, rassureront les marchés mondiaux et aideront à préparer ce pays aux défis à venir. "En savoir plus

    Le salon NeoCon, prévu mi-juin, a été annulé (NeoCon) – 20 mars"Après avoir consulté les dirigeants et les partenaires de l'industrie du design commercial, theMART a décidé d'annuler NeoCon 2020 est la meilleure solution compte tenu de l'épidémie de COVID-19 en cours et de la durée inconnue de la distanciation sociale et d'autres mesures. Le prochain NeoCon sera NeoCon 14-16 juin 2021. "En savoir plus

    Fermeture de tous les travaux de construction en Pennsylvanie (Philadelphia Inquirer) – 20 mars"Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday announced that all but “life-sustaining” businesses in Pennsylvania must shut down immediately as the state braces for exponential increases in the number of people sickened by the novel coronavirus. Unlike earlier in the week — when Wolf urged nonessential businesses such as salons, gyms, theaters, and entertainment venues to voluntarily close — the latest order came with a stern warning: those out of compliance as of Saturday could face strict penalties." Lire la suite

    5 Ways to Optimize Buildings for COVID-19 Prevention (Center for Active Design) – March 19"Coronavirus has taken over the 24-hour news cycle, with article after article updating us on newly identified cases, handwashing techniques, and why we should avoid touching our faces. While this information is vital to controlling the spread of COVID-19 and protecting the most vulnerable populations, one area that has been routinely underrecognized is the role that building design and operations can play in controlling the spread of this disease."Read more

    California's almost 40 million residents on lockdown (New York Times) – March 19"Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday night ordered California’s almost 40 million residents to stay home except for essential trips, extending similar restrictions statewide that Bay Area counties had previously put into place. The order, which is in place until further notice, makes mandatory many of the previous guidelines from state public health officials."Read more

    Building Trades Employers Association Calls for Mayor de Blasio to Keep Construction Sites Open (BTEA) – March 19“If construction shuts down, then maintenance and repair of all critical transportation infrastructure – which is essential for health emergencies – shuts down with it. Construction of affordable housing and health facilities will halt as well, which will directly impact the health, well-being and livelihoods of the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Construction is an essential service and must be allowed to continue during this crisis,” said Lou Coletti, President and CEO of the BTEA, in a statement released on Thursday. Lire la suite

    New report predicts multifamily market will weather COVID-19 crisis (Mortgage Professional America) – March 19"The economic disruptions created by the COVID-19 pandemic is starting to create financial hardships, with growing concerns about whether furloughed or laid-off workers will be able to meet their housing expenses. While this could create a potential domino effect into the multifamily industry, the newly published report, Economic and Coronavirus Update National Multifamily Report by Yardi Matrix, is suggesting the situation may not be as grave as feared."Read more

    Colleges Offering Dorms as Hospital Overflow for Virus Cases (AP, U.S. News and World Report) – March 19"A growing number of U.S. colleges are preparing to turn empty dorms into temporary housing for patients with the coronavirus as the nation’s hospitals brace for a possible surge of cases that could push treatment centers beyond their limits."Read more

    In most US cities, construction work continues as shutdowns loom (Construction Dive) – March 19"While Boston, and now neighboring city, Cambridge, have been the only U.S. cities to officially stop all construction, other areas are under orders that ban nonessential services, causing some construction leaders to wonder whether their work is considered essential or not."Read now

    Force Majeure and COVID-19 in construction contracts – What you need to know (Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani) – March 19"Force Majeure – While most construction contracts contain these provisions, they are often not understood  in relation to the implications they may have on construction projects. With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all taking a closer look at many portions of our contracts. The following is a brief primer on how to understand your construction contract and its potential implications on your business in this season of change."Read more

    Cyber Crime in the Wake of COVID-19: What Employers Can Do to Prevent Cyber Attacks (Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani) – March 19 "The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber agency, has issued an alert specifically addressing the cyber vulnerabilities.  The alert focuses on the risks associated with virtual private networks (VPNs), which nearly every organization uses to allow employees remote access to the employer’s servers and workspaces."Read more

    ASHRAE provides COVID-19 resources for operating, maintaining HVAC systems (ASHRAE) – March 19"ASHRAE has compiled a COVID-19 Preparedness Resources webpage that includes a recently approved position document on Airborne Infectious Diseases. The site provides resources from ASHRAE to building industry professionals. The position document advises that new and existing healthcare intake and waiting areas, crowded shelters, and similar facilities should go beyond the minimum requirements of these documents."Read more

    Technology crucial during COVID-19 social distancing (HGA) – March 19"Technology can help bridge the gap during the Coronavirus pandemic as higher education institutes and corporations are moving to a remote work model."Read more

    How contractors are responding to the COVID-19 crisis (Construction Dive) – March 19"The growing COVID-19 crisis has roiled the U.S. construction industry from coast to coast, with contractors large and small mired in uncertainty and wondering what their next steps should be."Read more

    We’re About To Find Out How Durable The Coworking Business Model Is (Bisnow) – March 18"Flexible offices were envisioned as communities where a new form of work could thrive, one where startups and smaller businesses could share the kind of splendid amenities once reserved for major corporations, with short-term leases that didn’t tie them down to traditional spaces. That has left the industry vulnerable."Read more

    How the COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change the Built Environment (Architectural Digest) – March 18"This won’t be the first time in history that cities and buildings will be reimagined in response to an increased understanding of disease."Read more

    ‘You Cannot Buy A Building Until This Is Over': Despite Stimulus, Chill Hits CRE Investing (Bisnow) – March 18"In just one week, the coronavirus has turned full blown flight to safety for investors into much more of a wait-and-see approach toward commercial real estate."Read more

    How healthcare systems and designers can tackle a public health crisis together (HKS) – March 18"As the novel coronavirus sweeps through countries around the world, many hospitals and other medical providers are rushing to treat patients while taking constant inventory of their own resources: Where can patients come in safely? Are there enough beds for critical care? Are there enough beds for everyone else who needs one? How can they stop contagion within their own walls, including keeping their own staff healthy?," writes Jason Schroer, Principal and Director of Health in HKS's Houston office.Read more

    Delays and Suspensions of Government Contracts as a Result of the Coronavirus (Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel) – March 18"Outside of vital projects related to public health and safety or national security, we expect that over the next week many government contracts will be formally or informally suspended for the duration of the Coronavirus quarantine period. Many government contractors will receive letters or emails ordering them to stop work on projects located on government facilities or that involve personal contact with government personnel."Read more

    AGC survey: Most state DOT construction programs are moving ahead as scheduled (AGC) – March 18"AGC chapters report that generally speaking most state DOT construction programs are moving ahead as scheduled and are not directly impacted by COVID-19 related shutdowns. Many state office personnel are telecommuting but, in most states, construction inspectors are considered essential and, therefore, are reporting to work and visiting on-going projects."Read more

    Coronavirus imperils Chicago’s more than decadelong construction boom. ‘We’re mentally preparing for a shutdown.’ (Chicago Tribune) – March 18"After more than a decade of boom times, Chicago developers, contractors and construction workers face an unexpected obstacle to continued prosperity.Read more

    Investment managers launch coronavirus fund to buy low on hospitality stocks (Bisnow) — March 18 "The coronavirus has taken a huge toll on the stock market, and commercial real estate sectors have not been spared. But with stock prices low, a New York City-based group of investors is taking a glass-half-full approach, citing an 'inevitable recovery.'"Read more

    Simon Property Group closes all domestic properties, ending March 29 (Simon) – March 18"Simon, announced that after extensive discussions with federal, state and local officials and in recognition of the need to address the spread of COVID-19, Simon will close all of its retail properties, including Malls, Premium Outlets and Mills in the U.S.  This measure will take effect from 7 pm local time today and will end on March 29."Read more

    Array Advisors creates Surge Capacity Assessment Tool to help hospitals 'swiftly and safely increase capacity' (Array) – March 18"As the surge of COVID-19 cases begins to impact hospital bed demand, facilities are looking for ways to swiftly and safely increase capacity. Array Advisors has developed an Assessment Action Plan Tool to help guide initial analysis. Download this free tool to support your capacity management planning."Download the tool

    Steel manufacturing needs to be an “essential” sector, says AISI (AISI) – March 18 "American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today urged the Trump administration to identify the steel manufacturing sector and its workers as “essential” when drafting and enforcing shelter-in-place orders and other directives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic."Read more

    Law firm assembles COVID-19 Strategy Team to help contractors respond to project delays, closures (Duane Morris) – March 18"The COVID-19 outbreak continues to be a dynamic situation and the ultimate impact and timeline remain unknown at this juncture. As construction project participants navigate the novel issues it has raised, they should closely evaluate their construction contracts in order to make the best decisions regarding ongoing work and project safety, as well as to implement strategies to mitigate financial and schedule impacts as much as possible. To the extent parties can mutually agree to a resolution or workout plan now, jobs will proceed more smoothly when COVID-19 subsides."Read more

    Leading through COVID-19: FMI offers advice on managing AEC business during the pandemic (FMI) – March 18"We are all in a ‘fog of war’ dealing with short-term tactical decisions aimed at protecting the health and well-being of our employees, families and society. The events of the next few weeks will likely determine the toll this crisis will have on our economy and individual businesses. Managing your P&L, stress testing your balance sheet, and focusing on cash management are essential steps toward defining your reality and establishing decision gates for the weeks ahead."Read more

    A 1,000-bed naval hospital ship is being dispatched to New York Harbor (New York Times) – March 18"Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said on Wednesday that President Trump had agreed to dispatch a 1,000-bed hospital ship to New York Harbor as the state struggles to deal with a stark jump in coronavirus cases. Mr. Cuomo said on Wednesday that 2,382 people in the state had tested positive for the virus, an increase of more than 800 since Tuesday."Read more

    Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, HUD suspending all foreclosures and evictions (Housing Wire) – March 18"President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April. Beyond that, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced Wednesday that it is directing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to suspend foreclosures and evictions for 'at least 60 days.' That would mean the moratorium lasts through mid-May, at least."Read more

    Oxford Economics: Short-term pain but strong rebound likely (Oxford Economics) – March 18"In recent weeks, attention has understandably focused on limiting the damage from the short-term effects of the coronavirus outbreak. But it’s likely that, once disruption and uncertainty fade, the rebound in activity will be strong. It’s important for firms to position themselves for such a recovery." Read the full report

    Webinar, Friday, March 12, 3:00 pm EDT: The Latest Developments on the Coronavirus and What that Means for the Construction Industry (AGC) – March 18AGC CEO Steve Sandherr and additional national staff will provide an update on the coronavirus, including the latest information about the federal response, an updated economic analysis of its impacts, and an overview of the latest legal, HR, safety and risk measures being put in place because of the coronavirus.Register here

    Walt Disney World shuts down all construction due to coronavirus (Orlando Business Journal) – March 18"The Walt Disney Company has shuttered construction operations at Walt Disney World, according to the head of the region’s top construction trade organization."Read more

    More pleas to keep jobsites open: N.Y. building trades group said billions would be lost (NY Daily News) – March 17"New York City’s real estate and building industries stand to lose “billions of dollars” over the next year or two if construction sites are shut down due to the coronavirus, according to an association that represents the trades.Lou Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers’ Association, issued the dire prognosis Tuesday just minutes after Mayor de Blasio raised the possibility of a shelter in place order that could effectively require all non-essential work in the city to cease."Read more

    Select construction sites exempt from Bay Area shelter-in-place mandate (LA Times) – March 17"Certain essential activities are exempt, such as essential government and business services or essential public infrastructure construction, like housing."Read more

    AIA: Design services saw increase in February, but economic footings are rapidly shifting (AIA) – March 17"The rapid pull-back in activity throughout the economy will obviously be felt in the design and construction sector, and architecture firms will be one of the first to see how these events play out,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD.Read more

    Coronavirus forces Las Vegas Strip to shut down for first time since JFK assassination (AP) – March 17"Gambling will grind to a halt by Wednesday in casino-mecca Las Vegas, a city known for glitzy and sometimes reckless fun, as the governor of Nevada issued a sweeping statewide order aimed to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.Democrat Steve Sisolak ordered a monthlong freeze on gambling, shutting down everything from the famous casino resorts to slot machines found in convenience stores, cutting off an industry that fuels the state’s tourism and hospitality-powered economy."Read more

    Pence urges construction companies to give coronavirus masks to hospitals (NY Post) – March 17“We would make one specific request, and that is we would urge construction companies to donate their inventory of N95 masks to your local hospital and forgo additional orders of those industrial masks,” Pence said at a White House briefing on the pandemic.Read more

    NYC mayor: New Yorkers should prepare for a shelter-in-place order within the next 48 hours (CNBC) – March 17"We are all deeply concerned … this is quite clear this is a fast growing crisis,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday. “All New Yorkers, even though a decision has not been made by the city or the state, I think that all New Yorkers should be prepared right now for the possibility of a shelter-in-place order.” There are 814 confirmed cases in New York CityRead more

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    U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to harness location data to combat coronavirus (Seattle Times) – March 17"The U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts about how they can use data gleaned from Americans’ phones to combat the novel coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping one another at safe distances to stem the outbreak.Public-health experts are interested in the possibility that private-sector companies could compile the data in anonymous, aggregated form, which they could then use to map the spread of the infection, according to three people familiar with the effort, who requested anonymity because the project is in its early stages."Read more

    Construction industry pushes back on building bans (Bisnow) – March 17"After Boston Mayor Martin Walsh declared his city would be temporarily halting most construction Monday afternoon, New York City Council member Carlos Menchaca called for New York to do the same in a tweet Monday night. But construction industry representatives say this will hurt cities in the long run. During an interview Tuesday, New York Building Congress President and CEO Carlo Scissura told Bisnow he would caution against shutting down sites, saying it would stop essential work from getting done."Read more

    COVID-19 recommended practices for construction jobsites (AGC) – March 17AGC's guidance focuses on: personal responsibilities, social distancing, jobsite/office practices, managing sick employees, government resources, and vendor resources. Lire la suite

    Amid coronavirus, landlords gage potential vacancies for financial impact (GlobeSt) – March 17"As we look at the Coronavirus spreading with no immediate end in sight, the question is not whether it will adversely impact businesses; the question is how many companies will be affected and to what extent."Read more

    Donhoff Kargl Nall – Architects: 'We are hereby providing notice that our firm’s ability to perform certain contractual duties regarding the project are or may be restricted." (DKN Architects) – March 17From the Louisville, Ky.-based firm's leadership team: "Due to the national emergency caused by and in response to the coronavirus situation, the guidelines, restrictions, and directives issued by the CDC, state and local public health officials and governmental agencies, and our company’s policies issued during this crisis (collectively “Directives”), we are hereby providing notice that our firm’s ability to perform certain contractual duties regarding the project are or may be restricted. These service restrictions are caused by circumstances beyond the control of our firm.We will not be attending any meetings in person until state and local officials advise us that it is safe to do so.  The DKN team remains on-the-job and working remotely.  As we continue to serve you and work diligently on your project please be aware that there may be delays due to the current situation."

    Developer of $400M UnCommons project expects virus disruptions (Las Vegas Review-Journal) – March 17"Developers of a $400 million Las Vegas project have shelved the ceremonial groundbreaking because of the coronavirus but plan to start construction next month. Matter Real Estate Group, developer of UnCommons, a southwest valley venture that calls for offices, apartments and food and beverage spots, postponed the April 2 event until further notice Friday."Read more

    How Cincinnati construction companies are coping with coronavirus (Cincinnati Business Courier) – March 17"As the first Greater Cincinnati residents have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, local construction companies are taking steps to mitigate its spread. Dave Spaulding, vice president and general manager of Turner Construction Co., said as of early Friday afternoon the contractor was not shutting any projects down and has not been asked by any owners to shut projects down."Read more

    AGC: 'Shutting down construction projects is an unnecessary step, will harm the economy and undermine recovery efforts" (AGC) March 17AGC's CEO Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to steps being taken to put in place arbitrary halts to construction activity: “Halting construction activity will do more harm than good for construction workers, community residents and the economy. Construction firms are already acting to ensure the safety and health of their employees in the face of the coronavirus outbreak. These new measures, which include increased hygiene and halting group gatherings of staff, are in addition to the fact construction workers already wear protective equipment, including gloves that will help protect them and their co-workers."Read more

    DOE Seeking Input and Collaboration on Science and Technology Response to COVID-19 (DOE) – March 17"The Department is acting rapidly to leverage, and when appropriate provide prioritized access to, the full range of DOE user facilities and other facilities available at national laboratories to support the national and international effort to address COVID-19."Read more

    Revised Dodge Data & Analytics construction forecast to be released in early April (Dodge Data & Analytics) – March 17"Over the past few days we’ve received numerous inquiries from clients and press alike about how the coronavirus and subsequent economic fallout might affect our forecast for construction starts in 2020. With the situation rapidly evolving, we felt it prudent to let you know when you can expect to see an updated starts forecast. Our next forecast cycle officially begins when preliminary starts data for March (and thus the first quarter) is released on April 1. However, we are currently assessing the economic implications of the crisis and looking to past economic cycles and events to gauge how our econometric models might react to the current crisis.Dodge’s Chief Economist, Richard Branch, plans to host a brief customer webinar in early April to review how the starts forecast may be altered to reflect current events. Please watch for future announcements regarding this presentation."Read more

    NYC to add 8,000 hospital beds to help meet demand for COVID-19 patients (ABC7 NY and Associated Press) – March 17"On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is in a 'race against time' to add more than 8,000 hospital beds to help meet an expected spike in coronavirus patients. The beds will come from a shuttered hospital, a yet-to-open nursing home and other facilities around the city, the mayor said."Read more

    AGC opposes paid leave provision in House coronavirus bill (Construction Dive) – March 17"Proposed legislation requiring businesses to provide paid leave to workers affected by the coronavirus pandemic has drawn sharp criticism from the Associated General Contractors of America, which called it “at best problematic, and at worst unworkable,” in a letter yesterday to the Senate's leadership."Read more

    HMFH Architects 100% remote, bans all face-to-face meetings (HMFH) – March 17Lire la suite

    Construction industry bracing for potential impact of COVID-19 (GlobeSt) – March 16"Owners will be reviewing contracts for agreements outlined, and what contractual rights and duties exist in light of the conditions caused by the spread of the coronavirus."Read more

    Construction contracts could become a concern if the virus affects a jobsite (Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce) – March 16"Attorney Wandler said some construction contracts don't have specific clauses for pandemics, but many have a force majeure clause that protects against unforeseen or unavoidable events. He said force majeure clauses can act as 'safety valves' to modify a contract, suspend party obligations or even terminate the contract. The caveat is Washington courts typically defer to how a particular contract defines a force majeure event."Read more

    Bay Area orders ‘shelter in place,’ only essential businesses open in 6 counties (San Francisco Chronicle) – March 16"Six Bay Area counties announced a “shelter in place” order for all residents on Monday — the strictest measure of its kind yet in the continental United States — directing everyone to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible for the next three weeks as public health officials desperately try to curb the rapid spread of coronavirus across the region. The directive begins at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and involves San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda counties — a combined population of more than 6.7 million." Lire la suite

    Array Advisors: Model validates fears of ICU bed shortage due to coronavirus (Array Advisors) March 16"As the U.S. confronts COVID-19, bed capacity has been top of mind. Challenges to meeting projected demand are sizable and vary significantly by state, so Array Advisors developed a model that analyzes the combined impact of:• Current cases in each state (as they increase)• Risk factors such as age and existing conditions• The state’s existing capacity of ICU and Med/Surg bedsThe results (just published in HealthLeaders) are eye-opening. Due to the outbreak’s strength, Washington state will likely run out of ICU beds in the next two weeks, while less populous states like Vermont, with far fewer existing beds and an older population, still fall squarely in the first tier of risk, just two weeks behind."Read more

    UCLA Anderson Forecast: U.S. economy has entered a recession, ending the expansion that began in July 2009 (UCLA) – March 16From UCLA: "Revising a forecast published March 12, UCLA Anderson Forecast economists say the U.S. economy has entered a recession, ending the expansion that began in July 2009.The revised forecast, which incorporates data reflecting a rapidly changing U.S. economy, together with a review of the 1957–58 H2N2 influenza pandemic, is for the recession to continue through the end of September.This marks the first time in its 68-year history that the UCLA Anderson Forecast has published an updated forecast between its regularly scheduled quarterly releases.After the economy had experienced a solid start to 2020, the escalating effects of the coronavirus pandemic in March have reduced the first-quarter 2020 forecast of GDP growth to 0.4%. GDP for the second quarter of the year is now forecast to slow by 6.5%, and by 1.9% for the third quarter. With the assumption of an end to the pandemic and repaired supply chains by this summer, the Forecast predicts the resumption of normal activity in the fourth quarter of 2020 and a GDP growth rate of 4.0%.For the full 2020 year, it is expected that GDP will have declined by 0.4%. In 2021, with the abatement of governmental pandemic expenditures and the continued contraction of residential and commercial construction, the economy is forecast to grow at 1.5%. The full recovery and return to trend is now expected in 2022."Read more

    Boston mayor orders shut down of construction sites due to coronavirus (Boston Globe) – March 16"Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has ordered that all construction projects in the city be suspended in response to the spread of the coronavirus. Walsh’s move comes after the postponement of the Boston Marathon, cancellation of the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston, and the closure of all schools, restaurants, and bars in Massachusetts. The Bay State had a reported 164 cases of the virus on Sunday."Read more

    Hurricane Katrina provides lessons about closing campuses during the coronavirus crisis (Brookings Institution) – March 16"Today, as we face the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of higher-education institutions are again closing their campuses. While this may help contain the spread of the coronavirus, vulnerable students are now being put at risk in an entirely different way."Read more

    Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects 100% remote, limiting travel and in person meetings (EYRC) – March 16 A statement from the firm: "As we all pull together in the fight against the COVID-19 Corona Virus, EYRC has implemented a series of temporary policies to help protect our collective families and communities. Starting Monday, March 16th, we have implemented a mandatory two week work from home policy for all employees.  As are many organizations, and in accordance with CDC social distancing guidelines,  we will be limiting our travel and in person meetings.  Our internal taskforce is monitoring the situation closely and will adapt as necessary. EYRC is a highly nimble entity and pride ourselves on rapid adaptation to new challenges.  We will continue to deliver the highest levels of service to our clients and collaborators during this time. Together, we are fully committed to helping restore the vitality of our nation."

    Dahlin Group offers 'generous sick policy for our employees, so they can take care of themselves and their families with confidence.' (Dahlin Group) – March 16Dahlin Group President Nancy Keenan, AIA, LEED AP, said the firm is open for business under normal business hours, and will host meetings virtually. "We are all navigating unprecedented changes in the way we do business while working together to ensure the safety of our communities. The current cascade of events is impacting our organizations, our customers, our employees and our families in ways that will likely continue to evolve over the coming weeks and months—and DAHLIN is prepared to adapt."

    TLC 'predominantly working from home,' but select offices may remain open with limited staff on staggered schedules (TLC) – March 16"We want to notify you that TLC team members will be predominantly working from home to protect our team members, clients, partners and communities. Our robust technology platform is capable of supporting this effort and of minimizing disruption in project schedules. We anticipate that some TLC offices may remain open with limited staff on staggered schedules; however, to assure that you connect with TLC team members in the most efficient manner possible, we suggest that you do so via email."

    HMC Architects is 'addressing in-person meetings and site visits on a case-by-case basis.' (HMC Architects) – March 16President and CEO Brian Staton, Assoc. AIA, said in a statement:"It’s paramount to us that you continue to receive the same level of support you are accustomed to, and we’re confident that with the measures we’ve put in place, we can mitigate this risk together without business disruption.We are well prepared and have significant experience in successfully serving clients remotely. Our Information Technology and Digital Practice teams have employed proactive measures to ensure that our workforce can work from anywhere and many of our services—and meetings—can be performed virtually. We are also addressing in-person meetings and site visits on a case-by-case basis.If there is a need to adjust our operations in any capacity or make changes that could impact our work, we will communicate that information to you immediately. If you have any concerns about the ability to complete project work, please contact your principal-in-charge or any member of our firm leadership.We are optimistic that by working together with you, we can preserve your safety and ours, and help curtail the spread of coronavirus."Read more

    No in-person meetings for Leers Weinzapfel Associates employees; 100% remote work (LWA) – March 16"The health and safety of our communities is our top priority. As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continues to spread, we believe it’s critical to follow the current best practices and scientific recommendations that aim to slow the spread of the virus. Accordingly, as of this date we are initiating a work from home, no work related travel, and no in person meetings policy. We have the technologies in place to work on our projects and to communicate with our clients and colleagues remotely."Read more

    Webinar, March 19, 1 pm eastern: Practical Considerations for Subcontractors Dealing with Coronavirus (American Subcontractors Association) – March 16"Coronavirus is likely to cause increasing disruptions and impacts to construction material supply chains, business travel, and labor availability. This webinar will address ways in which subcontractors are uniquely affected by these disruptions and methods for mitigating their impacts, including preserving rights with respect to force major delays and costs, seeking equitable adjustments for material cost escalations, complying with contractual and regulatory health and safety obligations, and negotiating terms and conditions for subcontracts to address future impacts."Read more

    Lessons from past pandemics: Disinformation, scapegoating, and social distancing (Brookings Institution) – March 16"Comparing the current COVID-19 pandemic to past episodes suggests several parallels in human reactions to disease. Many generated disinformation, scapegoating, and social distancing similar to what we are witnessing today. The recent spread of COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus demonstrates that this rapidly churning biological system—even when we don’t fully understand its transmissibility or fatality rate—comes wrapped in layers of politics, economics, demography, and culture that echo historical patterns."Read more

    KieranTimberlake closes office through March 30; 100% remote (KieranTimberlake) – March 16"Our work on projects with clients, collaborators, and each other will continue without interruption. KieranTimberlake has been working hard to ensure we can keep our collaborative practice going throughout this health crisis. • We will continue to work and meet as planned primarily via GoTo Meeting, Microsoft Teams, and other collaboration platforms.• Your point of contact at KieranTimberlake will stay in close communication with you and keep you informed of any changes in how we work together. • We will remain flexible, listen to our clients' concerns and needs, and adjust accordingly.Read more

    Force majeure clauses take center stage in contractors' coronavirus response (Construction Dive) – March 16"With no end currently in sight to the extensive global outbreak of the novel coronavirus — officially named SARS-CoV-2— the U.S. construction industry is already experiencing effects and should brace itself for more to come."Read more

    Harkins Builders is 'arranging for commercial cleaners to clean and disinfect areas of the project as necessary.' (Harkins Builders) – March 16Harkins Builders' President and CEO Gary Garofalo released the following statement this morning:"To Our Clients and Trade Partners:

    I wanted to let you know that we are constantly monitoring developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and implementing plans and procedures responsive to the information we are receiving from the CDC, OSHA, federal and local authorities, and our other business partners. The safety of all project participants is of critical importance to us, so we are seeking your cooperation and assistance in mitigating the spread and impact of COVID-19 in our offices, jobsites, and other places where we conduct our business.

    We have implemented the following procedures that will be in place for such time as is necessary under the circumstances:• CDC and OSHA recommendations for prevention of spread of COVID-19 will be posted in conspicuous places around our jobsites, and we will be monitoring compliance.• All workers are requested to maintain a social distance of six (6) feet whenever reasonably possible.• We are cleaning our jobsite trailers daily, arranging for commercial cleaners to clean and disinfect areas of the project as necessary in response to actual or suspected exposure, and supplying our projects with additional hand sanitizers.• Any workers who have tested positive for COVID-19, or suspects exposure to COVID-19 should stay home instead of coming to the jobsite. Out of an abundance of caution, any worker who appears sick to our site personnel will be sent home.• Meetings with our clients, subcontractors, and other business partners will be conducted online via Microsoft Teams. Those who do not have the Teams application can dial into the call via the number provided on the meeting notice.• We are suspending topping out parties, subcontractor lunches, and project-related local community gatherings until further notice.• We are monitoring the availability of labor, materials, equipment, and other items that may be impacted by COVID-19, and also impacts from decisions by local authorities to suspend or reduce services that support our projects (inspections, permits, plan reviews, etc.) so that we can keep all project participants updated on any impacts to schedule, resource availability, and costs.• We request that our subcontractors, suppliers, and other business partners review and confirm the availability and delivery of materials, equipment, labor and any other items or services for which they are responsible and notify us immediately if any changes should occur.

    We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt our policies and procedures as necessary, with the constant goals of keeping people safe and minimizing the impact to our projects. This is a new and uncertain situation for all of us, and your understanding and cooperation with our efforts is sincerely appreciated."

    Copper kills coronavirus. Why aren’t our surfaces covered in it? (Fast Company) – March 16"Civilizations have recognized copper’s antimicrobial properties for centuries. It’s time to bring the material back."Read more

    NASCC: The Steel Conference (April 22-24, Atlanta) is canceled (AISC) – March 16Scott Melnick, AISC's Senior Vice President and the administrator for the conference, said in a statement: "Just as the design community and construction industry turns toward AISC for reliable information and advice on steel design and construction, we turn to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for health information and advice on dealing with the coronavirus. Yesterday, the CDC recommended that all gatherings of 50 or more people are canceled for the next eight weeks and we will certainly follow that advice." AISC is looking into options to deliver select sessions remotely. Lire la suite

    5 states close all restaurants, bars in effort to slow coronavirus (USA Today) – March 15"California, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington close bars and restaurants in effort to slow coronavirus."Read more

    CDC advises against gatherings of 50-plus people for eight weeks due to coronavirus (Washington Examiner) – March 15"Organizers should forgo large events over the next two months to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidance released on Sunday said gatherings of 50 people or more can contribute to the spread of the deadly virus that causes COVID-19 and should be canceled or postponed."Read more

    Commercial labs join the race to process coronavirus tests (New York Times) – March 15"Federal officials said many more drive-through testing sites, along with expanded processing of tests by commercial labs, would help ease a bottleneck."Read more

    Payette 100% remote, working with clients 'to find the best combination of email/phone/online meetings to serve each project team.' (Payette) – March 15Statement from Payette: "As we continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation, we are making tough decisions around work and travel to do our part in minimizing the spread of the virus.As of Friday, March 13, our office will be working remotely through at least March 27. This remote work period may be adjusted as more information becomes available due to the uncertainty of the current situation. The safety and well-being of our team and community is our top priority.We remain fully committed to providing you with the level of service and responsiveness that you associate with Payette, and our goal is to transition to this modified working arrangement with minimal disruptions.We ask for your patience and understanding as we adjust to the rapidly changing circumstances presented by this pandemic, and we will work with each of you to find the best combination of email/phone/online meetings to serve each project team."

    Luxury resorts, tiny homes, RVs: How architecture is adapting in the age of coronavirus (Fast Company) – March 14"Asilomar, a seaside resort with buildings by famous architect Julia Morgan, is being used as a quarantine site. So is an EconoLodge outside of Seattle. Shopping malls might be next."Read more

    6 ways the coronavirus outbreak will affect construction (Construction Dive) – March 13"Experts predict COVID-19 will have long-term ramifications for many aspects of the U.S. construction industry."Read more

    Page instituting  'deep cleaning and disinfecting services at each of our offices on a recurring basis' – Page (March 13)"Currently, we have enacted restrictions on both international and domestic business travel among our employees and are requiring senior leadership approval for travel deemed essential. In addition to our regular cleaning services, we are implementing deep cleaning and disinfecting services at each of our offices on a recurring basis. All employees have been educated about proper virus-related hygiene and social distancing and are being kept up to date on CDC / other government guidance."Read more

    Restaurants Are Getting Creative with Their Home Delivery Options (Bloomberg) – March 13"To stay afloat as customer traffic drops, restaurants are expanding their delivery options."Read more

    AEC business impacts from COVID-19: BD+C editors want your input!We'd like to hear from you on how your firm is handling business operations and projects during the coronavirus outbreak. Please take three minutes to complete our eight-question blind survey. The results will be published this week on BDCnetwork.com. TAKE THE 3-MINUTE SURVEY

    As Coronavirus Disrupts Supply Chain, Port Volumes Fall Steeply And Unions Raise Alarms (Bisnow) – March 13"As health officials and local leaders attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, those who work along the docks that help carry and bring in the billions of dollars in shipments imported worldwide are already seeing the negative impact."Read more

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    The US lacks health information technologies to stop COVID-19 epidemic (Brookings Institution) – March 13"The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the crucial importance of health information technology and data interoperability. The pandemic has shattered our common beliefs about the type and scope of health information exchange. It has shown us that the definition of health data should no longer be limited to medical data of patients and instead should encompass a much wider variety of data types from individuals’ online and offline activity.Moreover, the pandemic has proven that healthcare is not local. In an interconnected world, with more individuals traveling long distances than ever before, it is naïve to look at regions in isolation from each other and try to manage public health independently. To efficiently manage a pandemic like this, the scope of health information exchange efforts should not be limited to small geographical regions and instead should be done at least nationally, if not internationally."Read more

    Did the coronavirus just end the apartment boom? This investor thinks so. (Crain's Chicago Business) – March 13"It’s not clear yet how badly the coronavirus will infect the commercial real estate market, but it looks bad enough already to Origin Investments, which has put more than $241 million in apartment deals on hold."Read more

    Gensler: 'In the face of the coronavirus, workplace wellness is key' (Gensler blog) – March 13Gensler's Global Workplace Practice Leader, Janet Pogue McLaurin, and Health & Wellness Leader, Tama Duffy Day, outline considerations employers should keep in mind in creating plans for a healthy and effective work environment.Read more

    AIA pushing distant learning for AIA CES courses (AIA) – March 13"As concerns about the coronavirus and COVID-19 mount, we know that many of our providers are wondering how they can adapt their in-person learning programs for delivery online as webinars. Join us Wednesday, March 18, at 1:30 pm Eastern or Thursday, March 19, at 2:00 pm Eastern for a crash course about what you need to do for online delivery of AIA-approved courses. We will go through the AIA's requirements for live online sessions, discuss the different technologies available for online delivery, and provide tips and tricks for your presenters as they move from the classroom to online. No registration is required."Read more

    Highland Associates has 'plans in place to continue to provide quality services and customer support with as minimal disruption as possible during this time.' (Highland Associates) – March 13"As Highland Associates monitors the updates of the Coronavirus (COVID -19) situation we want to reassure our clients that we have plans in place to continue to provide quality services and customer support with as minimal disruption as possible during this time. These procedures cover work in the office, on project sites, as well as working remotely in the event that our offices become inaccessible. First and foremost is the health, safety and well-being of our employees, clients, and colleagues. In The Office: Procedures have been implemented based on the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).Working Remotely: Employees have the necessary connectivity for remote access to our network including CAD/Revit software and project file access, email access, cell phones, and other means necessary to perform their job functions while working remotely. Project meetings, drawing reviews, and other meetings can be accommodated through various web-based systems we currently use such as GoTo, WebEx, Skype, or Teams.On-Site: We will continue to communicate with our client’s project teams and follow their corporate guidance as to how, when, and who should visit a specific project site keeping in mind CDC recommended travel procedures and the health and safety of all participants.We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together during this difficult situation."

    Webinar March 19, 1 pm ET: Managing Properties In The Age Of Coronavirus (Bisnow) – March 13"To cut through the hysteria surrounding the novel coronavirus, Bisnow will be hosting a free webinar for property managers on how to face a pandemic with a cool head and tackle real-world real estate issues. Experts from the Institute of Real Estate Management and the National Apartment Association will weigh in on how to craft a strategy for combating the spread of COVID-19."Read more

    Syska Hennessy institutes 'visitor policy as well as the use of Skype for mobile meetings to mitigate the need for groups to congregate.' (Syska Hennessy) – March 13"For the safety of our team members and industry partners, at every Syska Hennessy office we have instituted CDC and WHO recommendations for our employees.  Some of these recommendations include sanitizing stations, health advisory posters, additional janitorial crews and a protocol for presumptive, as well as, confirmed cases of the virus.  We have also instituted a visitor policy as well as the use of Skype for mobile meetings to mitigate the need for groups to congregate.  All international travel has  currently been suspended."

    Skanska will hold its Annual General Meeting (March 26 in Stockholm) as planned. (Skanska) – March 13"We have decided to hold the Annual General Meeting in the simplest possible form. No food will be served before the meeting. Furthermore, speeches by the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hans Biörck, and President and CEO, Anders Danielsson, will be confined to two minutes each. Longer versions of these speeches will be published and made available on Skanska’s website, www.group.skanska.com, after the meeting. Questions from shareholders at the meeting will therefore be focused on matters on the agenda of the meeting. Shareholders with more general questions about the company are welcome to provide these in writing to arsstamman@skanska.se."Read more

    Rider Levett Bucknall to building owners and contractors: You need a plan to handle issues concerning late delivery, or unavailability, of building materials (RLB) – March 13. "By now, owners and contractors should be aware of contractual provisions that may come into play.  They should have a plan to handle issues concerning late delivery, or unavailability, of materials, as well as potential suspension, termination, cancellation of the contract, or a force majeure event. They should also have a clear understanding on where legal responsibility resides for cost overruns, have clarification on excusable delays, and fully understand coverage of insurance policies.

    At this time, contractors and other relevant firms should also have project specific COVID-19 mitigation plans and project/site-specific disaster plans in place. As this pandemic continues, some workers may not report to job sites for a variety of reasons including their illness, illness of family members, or even fear of taking public transport. In the short term, if this happens, it may be difficult to get people to return to construction sites, so contractors may have to pay a premium to induce workers to return. There is also the risk that governments, under pressure to take more stringent measures, could shut down major construction projects, or transportation infrastructure, in parts of the U.S. and Canada.

    Given the impact that COVID-19 is having on financial markets, and the economy as a whole, there is a chance that this pandemic will also drive a recession, which will eventually drive construction costs down as contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers scramble to win the reduced number of projects in the market.Read more

    AIA postpones its flagship conference: AIA Conference on Architecture (AIA) – March 13"Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, AIA has made the difficult decision to postpone the AIA Conference on Architecture 2020, May 14–16 in Los Angeles. AIA is currently exploring options to reschedule the event and will update members with details when available."Read more

    Humphreys & Partners Architects 'evaluating all options to maintain normal levels of productivity, wherever possible.' (Humphreys & Partners Architects) – March 13Mark Humphreys, AIA, Chairman and CEO of Humphreys & Partners Architects sent this letter to clients and partners:"As you are aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Wednesday, March 11, that the spread of COVID-19 has become a pandemic, which refers to the global reach and impact COVID-19 is currently presenting. Humphreys & Partners Architects, and its affiliate businesses, is committed to providing a safe working environment for all of our employees. At the time of this letter, none of our office locations have experienced any impacts but Humphreys is taking steps to prepare in the following ways:• In-person meetings will be limited, beginning Monday, March 16. We will conduct all meetings for the next 30 days via Go To Meeting. We will reassess this policy again in 14 days.• All air travel will be limited, beginning Monday, March 16. You will be contacted if air travel to your project’s location is impacted and alternate arrangements will be made to ensure our temporary absence from job sites does not affect construction progress. At this time, local projects within a reasonable driving distance will not be impacted.• Many of our employees have the capability to work from home, including receiving emails and phone calls. In the event we work remotely, you will still be able to call us on our regular numbers or reach us via email.• It is possible that our production levels may decrease if COVID-19 directly impacts any of our locations. We will be sure to keep you updated if this occurs. We are currently evaluating all options to maintain normal levels of productivity, wherever possible.• We will continue to monitor updates from the CDC and other government agencies closely.It is our hope that by proactively sharing our plans it will ease any concerns or questions you may have. Thank you for your business. We wish you the best possible outcome for this unfortunate situation."

    LightFair postponed, 'will now take place later this year in Las Vegas, pending improved conditions' (LIGHTFAIR International) – March 13"LightFair today announced postponement of its 2020 trade show and conference due to growing concerns around Covid-19, shifting industry sentiments and an overall wish to preserve health and safety. The May 3-7, 2020 event will now take place later this year in Las Vegas, pending improved conditions.'There is no question that the safety and wellbeing of all LightFair attendees come first,” said Dan Darby, show director. “We have been carefully monitoring the official updates and conferring with the leadership of IALD and IES, LightFair’s co-owners, on the best course forward. At this time, postponing the show is our most responsible action.'"Read more

    The Page Foundation postpones UniversALL Design 2020 Symposium (Page) – March 13Scheduled for March 30-31 in Austin, Texas, the UniversALL Design 2020 has been postponed by its organizer, the Page Southerland Page Foundation. The event is a gathering of thought leaders focused on shared community benefits of inclusivity in all spacesRead more

    GBBN going 100% remote starting Monday, March 16 (GBBN) – March 13Statement from GBBN: "People are our priority. We empathize and understand this evolving situation will present major obstacles to everyone’s daily routine. GBBN is taking specific measures to protect the health and safety of our employees, their families, our clients, and our communities while maintaining the level of service you have come to expect from us.

    Starting Monday, March 16, our United States employees will be working remotely. Here is what to expect:• GBBN project teams have the technology enabling them to effectively continue their work. We anticipate the ability to continue our normal workflow without interruption. • Project managers will stay in communication with clients and consultants as normal.• We have suspended all business travel until further notice. Should a business-critical travel need arise for your project, please contact your project manager to discuss viable options.  • GBBN employees are being advised to handle all client meetings remotely, via Zoom, Skype, conference call, or other digital means. If you feel you need a face to face meeting, please contact your project manager to discuss.

    One additional note: As the Covid-19 situation evolved in China, our Beijing office team was able to quickly pivot to a remote work plan that prevented any disruption to their work and communication. Our US offices are similarly prepared. We are happy to report that all of our Beijing employees are back together in the office, safe and healthy. Read more about their experience here.

    GBBN values your relationship, and we are dedicated to keeping you informed as we all address these challenging circumstances."Read more

    LGE Designbuild issues comprehensive company action plan to support clients, subscontractors, and employees (LGE Designbuild) – March 13David Sellers, President and CEO, unveiled the action plan, which includes extra steps like nightly office sanitization by licensed professionals, routine cleaning of jobsite trailers, and educating visitors and subs on CDC guidelines through weekly sitesafety meetings. Lire la suite

    Gensler on how to design office building lobbies to respond to the coronavirus (Gensler) – March 13Touch-free design solutions and air purifiers can enhance workplace wellness, according to Gensler Managing Director J. Kevin Heinly, AIA, LEED AP.Read more

    The Scramble to Make Space for Coronavirus Patients (Citylab) – March 12"As Covid-19 cases climb, cities may face a shortage of locations to quarantine and isolate people. In the U.S., it’s a uniquely local problem."Read more

    Economist: Contractors should prepare for a coronavirus-triggered recession (Construction Dive) – March 12“The risk of recession over the next three to six months is arguably more elevated than at any period since 2007,” said economist Anirban Basu, noting that the U.S. economy has been defying predictions in an extended period of growth that's seemed too good to be true for some time."Read more

    JLL COVID-19 Webinar: Workplace preparedness and remote work (JLL) – March 12JLL will host a free webinar of Thursday, March 19, at 11:00 AM CDTm to discuss the impacts that COVID-19 can have on organizations and their employees, and how to accelerate the development of remote work programs to enable business continuity as the situation unfolds.Read more

    Small Business Administration to provide disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by coronavirus"SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing."Read more

    Backorders and low supplies: Contractors look for workarounds to supply-chain issues (The Real Deal) – March 12"The coronavirus has hampered the flow of building supplies around the globe."Read more

    BOMA launches coronavirus research center with COVID-19 Preparedness Checklist for commercial real estate professionals (BOMA) – March 13"As global concern over the novel coronavirus (now known as COVID-19) increases, BOMA International is actively working to provide commercial real estate professionals with credible information on how to mitigate the potential health and business impacts. Based on information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), BOMA International has released a series of guidance documents to help property professionals navigate this public health concern."Read more

    REPORT: COVID-19 – Global Real Estate Implications (JLL) – March 12"As COVID-19 impacts more people every day, coronavirus contingency planning is of the utmost importance. Explore the pandemic’s potential effects on the economy, real estate sectors and investors and occupiers."Read more

    Pandemic Prompting CRE Investors Into Flights To Creditworthiness, Safety (BISNOW) – March 12"The outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has many investors now reconsidering investments and pursuing the least risky of purchases, buoyed by tenants with credit scores that could promise their resistance in a recession."Read more

    Health care real estate could be a coronavirus safe haven (CNN Business) – March 12"It's hard to imagine many stocks will do well through the coronavirus pandemic. But health care stocks and real estate investment trusts tend to be defensive sectors that investors flock to because they pay huge dividend yields."Read more

    Coronavirus Looms Over Crucial Spring Season for Housing Market (WSJ) – March 12 "Uncertainty has economists tamping down expectations that low mortgage rates, strong job market would boost 2020 home sales"Read more

    As Global Economy Is Rattled By Coronavirus, Industrial Players Weigh If Their Business Will Be Hurt Or Helped (Bisnow) — March 12 "Coronavirus is already having ubiquitous effects on daily life in the U.S., most of which affect public spaces and gathering. Industrial developers argue whether the pandemic might be beneficial for their business long-term, shifting more behaviors toward shopping online rather than in person."Read more

    Pandemic roils city's multibillion-dollar commercial real estate market (Crain's New York Business) – March 12"Disruptions from the global virus outbreak are enough to put the city’s multi-billion dollar commercial real estate on ice, experts say, and potentially send it into a prolonged tailspin if the economy sinks into a recession in the coming months."Read more

    Hotels Are Being Impacted by COVID-19. What Can Owners and Lenders Do to Limit the Fallout? (National Real Estate Investor) – March 12"There are steps that could be taken to safeguard the financial health of the asset."Read more

    Prologis report: COVID-19 and Implications for Logistics Real Estate (Prologis) – March 11"The disruption caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) underscores the need for resilient supply chains and has become a catalyst for many organizations to find workarounds that could become permanent (e.g., telecommuting/office, e-commerce/retail). Prologis’ Research team took a closer look at the potential impact to the logistics real estate sector and has released a special report. The report examines the potential effects of COVID-19 on economic growth that could in turn affect real estate. It also assessed how the decreased production and movement of goods (and people) around the world have tested complex supply chains."Read more

    Cancel Your Trip Due to Coronavirus? Airbnb Refuses Scores of Refunds (Bloomberg/NRE) – March 12 "The start-up’s 'extenuating circumstances' coronavirus policy only applies to China, Italy and South Korea."Read more

    Turner creates COVID-19 task force; postposes all non-essential business, events, interstate travel through April 30 (Turner) – March 11The construction giant's COVID-19 task force is, among other things, "monitoring worldwide supply chains for actual delays that may affect our ability to maintain the schedule on our work."Read more

    Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat postpones Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, scheduled for 5-7 April in Chicago (CTBUH) – March 11 Statement from CTBUH: "Following the emerging international response to the novel coronavirus, and the fact that colleagues from 36 countries were scheduled to attend to present on their winning projects, CTBUH has postponed the 2020 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference. Instead, the fantastic programming of the CTBUH Awards Program will now be incorporated into the CTBUH 2020 Singapore & Kuala Lumpur Conference, taking place 19–23 October at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel. This means that the presentation and judging of contending projects, as well as the Awards Ceremony & Dinner, will take place in Singapore. Questions? Contact info@ctbuhconference.com."Read more

    PepsiCo closes West Loop Chicago offices over coronavirus (Crain's Chicago Business) – March 11"PepsiCo shut down its office building in the West Loop today after learning that a family member of an employee there works at a location where a coronavirus case was discovered." Lire la suite

    Corporate Real Estate Executives in Asia Say Lessons From Coronavirus Outbreak Will Have Lasting Impact (CoreNet Global) – March 11"At a roundtable discussion held during APACLive, a virtual conference focusing on corporate real estate in Asia-Pacific hosted this week by CoreNet Global, corporate real estate leaders said that the changes in work patterns in response to the outbreak will last longer than the outbreak itself."Read more

    Coronavirus Crisis Comes At A Bad Time For U.S. Shopping Malls (Bisnow) – March 11"The once-bustling corridors of American shopping malls have already suffered from slowing sales, and the coronavirus outbreak threatens to turn retail properties across the country into ghost towns as consumers shy away from large public places." Lire la suite

    Construction Industry Low on Masks (ProRemodeler) – March 11"Concerns about contracting COVID-19 has caused a run on supplies."Read more

    Multifamily Execs On Coronavirus: Keep Calm And Nab Those Low Mortgage Rates (Bisnow) – March 11"Faisal Ashraf woke up Monday morning ready to work on $200M worth of deals in London hotels when fears about the coronavirus rippled through the world and caused the largest single-day stock market drop since the Great Recession."Read more

    A look at how U.S. hospitals are designed to battle infectious diseases like coronavirus (CannonDesign) – March 11"Some health systems can use telehealth and video visits to asses and triage patients before they arrive at a hospital."Read more

    Coronavirus Raises Commercial Real Estate Uncertainty (Commercial Real Estate Executive) – March 11"Reports from Marcus & Millichap and Colliers International look at impacts on commercial real estate sectors from the growing COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S."Read more

    Senior Housing Facilities Should Always Have Been Prepared For Coronavirus – (Bisnow) – March 11"The deaths of 13 nursing home residents in Washington state from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, brings to light a harsh litmus test senior housing providers across the U.S. face regularly."Read more

    Corporate Real Estate Response to COVID-19 – Key Findings From A Worldwide Member Survey (CoreNet Global) – March 10"CoreNet Global conducted a survey of its 11,000 members to gauge the corporate real estate (CRE) response to the COVID-19 coronavirus challenge and to identify practical steps members can take to support their companies’ effort to ensure employee safety and business continuity."Read more and download the free report

    Coronavirus sends city landlords scrubbing as events are canceled (NY Post) – March 10"Real estate organizations and companies worried about the spread of the novel coronavirus are scrubbing down offices and hotels and canceling events and cocktail parties while tenant companies are deploying workers to separate locations."Read more

    Best Practices: Property Management In The Time Of Coronavirus (Bisnow) — March 10"Best practices in businesses usually distill years of corporate experience into a set of guidelines, but with the U.S. arrival of the coronavirus, guidelines need to be devised — and updated often — for a fluid situation."Read more

    CRE Fears Coronavirus Will Cause A Recession, Worries About Impact On Construction: Bisnow Survey (Bisnow) — March 9"Bisnow's survey of 864 commercial real estate professionals shows significant fear over the coronavirus' impact on the economy, but overall, a more tempered view of what the virus' spread will mean for real estate."Read more

    Pandemics Are Also an Urban Planning Problem (Citylab) – March 6"Will COVID-19 change how cities are designed? Michele Acuto of the Connected Cities Lab talks about density, urbanization and pandemic preparation."Read more

    American Seniors Housing Association releases Coronavirus Preparedness & Response for Senior Living Communities (ASHA) – February 27"The recent spread of the coronavirus around the world is justifying significant concern among senior living operators, and raising questions about how to prepare for and respond to the possibility that the disease will affect residents, staff, and visitors. This concern is exacerbated by the fact that seniors tend to be more vulnerable to such communicable diseases, and live in close quarters with others at the community, sharing meals and participating in group activities. This article will suggest various strategies that can be implemented to reduce the risk of contagion, identify individuals who may have been exposed to the disease, and minimize the risk of contagion among residents, staff, family members, and other visitors."Read more

    Why the coronavirus is testing how companies work (JLL) – February 20“A lot of people are talking about this as a massive work-from-home experiment, but really it’s more of an inflection point,” says Ben Hamley, Future of Work Lead, JLL Asia Pacific. “While the idea of flexible work has been bandied around frequently and implemented in some firms, especially in tech companies and start-ups, the coronavirus forced many industries in Asia to begin this exercise en masse.” The decisions come as work-from-home policies are increasingly debated within organizations. Technology makes it easier than ever, but there are concerns over hard-to-analyze impacts like the value of spontaneous, face-to-face interactions.Read more

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