The coronavirus pandemic has severly impacted the $800 billion U.S. commercial and institutional construction industry. Since March 2020, Building Design+Construction has dedicated significant editorial resources to research and report on breaking news, industry reports, and trends and innovations related to COVID-19 and its short- and long-term impacts on the nation's architecture, engineering, construction, and building owner/developer firms. This news channel includes more than 100 coronavirus-related news posts. For more coronavirus news, check out our newsfeed: COVID-19 and real estate: How the coronavirus is impacting the AEC industry.
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Courtesy Bradley Corp.

June 02, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Bradley Corp. offers five upgrades to make public restrooms more sanitary.

Antimicrobial building products graphic

Courtesy Perkins and Will

June 02, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Even during a pandemic, antimicrobial  building products may do more harm than good.

WorkWell is made up up prefabricated components, and the building takes between six and nine weeks to be constructed and operational. Images: Leo A Daly and Turner Construction

May 30, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Modular WorkWell™ ecosystem can process up to 40 people per minute.

Black & Veatch, DPR, Haskell, McCarthy launch COVID-19 construction safety coalition

Image courtesy DPR Construction


May 29, 2020 | NEXT Coalition

The NEXT Coalition will challenge engineering and construction firms to enhance health and safe...

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A new report, based on responses from more than 40,000 employees worldwide, found that companies struggle to sustain their corporate cultures when many of their associates are working remotely. Images: Cushman & Wakefield


May 28, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The office, now part of a larger workplace ecosystem, still reinforces employees’ connections w...

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GrizForm Design Architects designed the 2,007-sf Legal Sea Bar, which opened in Washington D.C.'s Union Station two years ago. As restaurants reopen, they are rethinking such matters as whether bar stools need to be spaced out more. Image: GrizForm Design Architects

May 27, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Three design firms share their takes on what will make customers more comfortable about returni...

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Majority of multifamily developers still face construction delays, says NMHC

The majority of multifamily developers (53%) said they're still facing construction delays due to the coronavirus pandemic, says the NMHC.



More than half (53%) of multifamily developer respondents reported construction delays in the j...

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Virtual meeting presentation by Mike Aziz

The author, Mike Aziz, AIA, presented this slide via vimeo as part of a virtual public meeting.


May 26, 2020 | MIKE AZIZ, AIA, LEED AP

Mike Aziz, AIA, presents 9 tips for mastering virtual public meetings during the COVID-19 pande...

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Planning with intent is the key to readiness, states Eppstein Uhen Architects, the guide’s author.

Making better use of parking lots to regulate who enters a healthcare facility is one of the considerations for controlling the spread of infectious diseases made in a new guide released by the architecture firm EUA. Images: EUA


May 22, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Planning with intent is the key to readiness, states Eppstein Uhen Architects, the guide’s auth...

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Photo by Natanael Melchor via Unsplash

The American College of Healthcare Architects surveyed 129 of its members on the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the design of hospitals and other medical facilities.



The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has released the key findings of a survey...

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Living space inside affordable housing unit

A spartan living space inside an affordable housing unit that used to be a hotel room in a Days Inn in Branson, Mo. The developer, Repvblik, sees opportunities throughout the Midwest for such adaptive reuses of space laid vacant by the recent pandemic. Image: Repvblik


May 18, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A Los Angeles-based startup sees the Midwest as most fertile for adaptive reuse.

Cushman Wakefield 6 Feet Office coronavirus

After decades of favoring density, office tenants are now thinking how to better protect their workers from disease transmission. One idea comes from Cushman & Wakefield, whose “6 foot office” concept lays out an office workspace for social distancing, but also requires an agreement among workers and employers to stick to it. Photo courtesy Cushman & Wakefield


May 18, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Making workplaces safer will require behavioral resolve nudged by design.

May 18, 2020 |

Perkins and Will, Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, and Arup Group develop scalable solutions f...

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Goodwin House, Alexandria, Va., designed by Perkins Eastman

Goodwin House, Alexandria, Va., designed by Perkins Eastman. Nine "small house" communities of 12 residents each share this courtyard, where residents can get outside during the COVID-19 quarantine. Photo: © Sarah Mechling / Courtesy Perkins Eastman

May 11, 2020 | Bradford Perkins, FAIA, and Martin Siefering, AIA

Two nationally recognized experts in the design of senior living facilities offer a 13-point pl...

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Vitro Architectural Glass releases guide on decontaminating glass surfaces

Photo courtesy Vitro Architectural Glass


May 08, 2020 | Vitro Architectural Glass

The five-page technical document offers methods for cleaning and sanitizing glass surfaces. ...

Re-occupancy Assessment Tool, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
May 07, 2020 | AIA

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) is releasing a new Re-occupancy Assessment Tool toda...

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May 07, 2020 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Responsibilities of manufacturers, distributors, and fabricators outlined.

May 06, 2020 | Alan Pullman, AIA, and Shannon Heffernan, AICP, Studio One Eleven

Cities and communities will need to adjust public space to allow customers back in with distanc...

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Image of a Shawmut Design + Construction employee

Shawmut Design and Construction has introduced a robust infection control plan for its jobsites, complete with employee monitoring protocols and technology. Image: Shawmut


May 06, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A leading construction manager and installer certification alliance share their insights.

BNBMC Temporary Hospital with contractors

All photos courtesy Holt Construction

May 05, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project is located in Paramus, N.J.

May 05, 2020 | Erin Miller

We can use this moment as a test-case to build greater flexibility into how we pursue, win and...

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headshot of Shay Lam, Studio Design Director, TPG Architecture

Shay Lam, TPG Architecture's Studio Creative Director, says his firm is advising its hospitality clients to methodically make changes to their designs and offerings that reasssure returning guests that the property is safe.  Image: TPG Architecture

May 04, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

TPG Architecture recommends post-coronavirus changes in three stages.

Gilbane's Supply Chain update cautions that products shipped from certain countries are being held up because of the COVID-19 situation. Image: Gilbane Building Products


April 30, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Imported products seem more susceptible to delays

PCL Construction rolls out portable coronavirus testing centers

Canada-based PCL Construction, which has focused lately on expanding its prefabrication capacity, has introduced two models for mobile COVID-19 testing centers that can be transported from factories by trailer and positioned on site by forklifts. Rendering: PCL Construction


April 26, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The prefabricated boxes offer walk-up and drive-thru options.

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April 23, 2020 |

Here are some practical, tactical considerations for reuniting.

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April 22, 2020 | AIA

Largest monthly decline in billings a direct result of pandemic response.

Construction activities in several sectors are expected to take a big hit this year as a result of delays and shutdowns related to the COVID-19 virus spread. Image: Pixabay

April 22, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

[Dodge survey] Contractors girding for recession.

ACF units modified from existing modular pods

ACF units modified from existing modular containers. Photo: PODS.

April 21, 2020 | CALLISONRTKL

CallisonRTKL and PODS collaborate on repurposed containers for ACFs

April 20, 2020 | Andrew Graham, AIA, NCARB, Leo A Daly and Jason Dittrich, Director of Business Development and Marketing, Mueller Associates

As COVID-19 threatens to slow construction work, point cloud technology helps us work safer and...

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