How the coronavirus is impacting the AEC industry

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Coronavirus | March 13, 2020 | BD+C Editors

Here's the latest news BD+C editors are tracking on COVID-19's impact on the AEC industry and the real estate market.

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HMC is using Ultimaker 3D printers to produce mask parts remotely

HMC Architects is using Ultimaker 3D printers to produce mask parts remotely. Photo: HMC


Coronavirus | April 02, 2020 | ROBERT CASSIDY, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

HMC staff is producing 3D-printed parts from their homes as they self-isolate.

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SafetyTek Software's Workforce Health Analysis includes a dashboard that allows managers to track which workers are sick or able. Image: SafetyTek Software

Coronavirus | April 02, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The goal is to keep construction projects moving forward at a time when jobs are being postponed or canceled.

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Coronavirus | April 02, 2020 | National Electrical Construction Association

The new loan program will help small businesses with their payroll and other business operating expenses.

Trim-Tex recently rolled out its latest vinyl corner bead innovation, Fast Edge®, promising to drastically cut down on the time and material it takes to finish drywall corners. How much can these corner beads actually save contractors? They put it to the test!

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Coronavirus | April 02, 2020 | Rider Levett Bucknall

While total crane count holds steady, turbulent economic conditions indicate a recession-based drop in construction...

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Coronavirus | April 01, 2020 | BD+C Editors

Please take BD+C's three-minute poll on the AEC business impacts from the coronavirus outbreak.

What can we learn from the coronavirus pandemic?

By 2030, experts are almost certain that climate change’s effects will begin to resemble a continuous pandemic, threatening daily life in our cities and suburbs and on our farms–droughts, floods, fires, heat waves, and tropical diseases spreading north. Photo: Pixabay


Coronavirus | April 01, 2020 | Jerry Yudelson, LEED Fellow

The coronavirus pandemic will soon end, soon be in the rear-view mirror, but we can still take lessons learned as d...

Coronavirus | April 01, 2020 | Cannon Design Blog | Michael Tunkey

Here are three reasons to encourage sewists coast to coast to keep their foot on the pedal.

TLC Engineering Consultants' guidance on ventilation in COVID-19 patient rooms

TLC Engineering Consultants' guidance on ventilation in COVID-19 patient rooms.

Coronavirus | April 01, 2020 | ROBERT CASSIDY, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Ventilation engineering guidance for COVID-19 patient rooms

Market Data | April 01, 2020 | ABC

Private nonresidential spending declined 2% on a monthly basis and is down 0.7% compared to February 2019.

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Coronavirus | April 01, 2020 | AGC

Survey finds contractors face shortages of materials and workers, delivery delays and cancellations.

Coronavirus | April 01, 2020 | Abundance: The Paladino Blog | Amanda Cunningham

If your cleaning teams use bleach to disinfect buildings from Coronavirus, will you put your LEED certification at...

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Codes and Standards | April 01, 2020 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

ASTM International cancels in-person standards meetings; DOE’s National Energy Codes Conference postponed.

Rendering of mass timber Ramada Hotel

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Wood | April 01, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The hotel will be located in Kelowna, British Columbia.


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Sustainability | March 31, 2020 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Residents reap healthier indoor environment, lower utility bills.

FAAB Architecture's vertical oasis system integrates terraces of plants and microorgansms into the building's facade. Image: FAAB

Cladding and Facade Systems | March 31, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

FAAB’s Vertical Oasis System is a series of components that harvests sun power and filters the air.

As cities scramble for hospital beds to treat COVID-19 patients, Leo A Daly offers a hotel-to-hospital solution

This cutaway rendering shows some of the changes that would need to be made to convert a hotel room to a hospital room capable of handling patients infected with the coronavirus. Images courtesy of LEO A Daly


Coronavirus | March 31, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The firm has devised three conversion models, for different levels of healthcare required.

Open-plan offices in the age of COVID-19

Open-plan set-ups like this are common in about 70% of U.S. office workplaces. Photo courtesy Pexels



Coronavirus | March 30, 2020 | Rob Cassidy |

COVID-19 has designers worrying if open-plan offices are safe for workers.

Coronavirus | March 30, 2020 | GBBN Insights | Marcene Kinney

Overcoming isolation isn’t just about the technological face to face, it is about finding meaningful connection and...

COVID-19 innovation: Setting parameters for hotel-to-hospital conversions

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Coronavirus | March 30, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

tvsdesign breaks down different room types and how they might help free up hospital beds for coronavirus patients....

A demonstration project in Los Angeles County will build a complex of four small single-family houses using 3D printing to form their shells. Renderings: HDR

AEC Tech | March 30, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A project in southern California will put onsite fabrication to the test against other construction modes.

Life of an Architect Podcast | March 30, 2020 | Bob Borson, FAIA

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, business as usual is anything but. Andrew and I felt like we should interrupt our reg...

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Coronavirus | March 30, 2020 | AGC

Construction officials say new federal guidance should signal to state and local officials the need to allow constr...

The 170,000-sf replacement hospital, under construction in Uvalde, Texas, deployed a collaborative design process advocated by the project's GC Hoar Construction. Rendering and photos courtesy of Hoar Construction

Healthcare Facilities | March 29, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Hoar Construction’s formula emphasizes preconstruction planning and input from healthcare workers.

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Coronavirus | March 27, 2020 | AGC

After 42 states added jobs in February, coronavirus is taking a swift and severe toll on the industry, prompting as...

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Coronavirus | March 27, 2020 | AIA

Two thirds of architecture firms report slowing or stoppage of projects due to COVID-19.

Healthcare Facilities | March 27, 2020 | Gensler Blog | Randy Guillot, James Crispino, and Scot Latimer

We believe that part of the longer-term answer lies not just with traditional health providers, but in the potentia...

Galleria exterior as seen from the street

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Retail Centers | March 27, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

OMA designed the project.

Coronavirus | March 26, 2020 | Stantec Blog | Maria Ionescu

What can we learn from Singapore’s response to COVID-19? How does it impact the next generation of hospitals? 

Market Data | March 26, 2020 | AIA

New AIA task force will offer insights for adapting buildings into healthcare facilities.

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