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.
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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The Proximity Trace system's TraceTag can be attached to a harthat. Image: Triax Technologies

April 19, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Triax Technologies’ wearable Proximity Trace device can be used for contact tracing.

Sandy Lish, principal of The Castle Group, a P.R. firm with expertise in helping companies formulate their internal and external messaging during stressful situations. Images: The Castle Group

April 19, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Castle Group is partnering with leading health experts to help companies factor science and...

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April 17, 2020 | NMHC

Survey asked construction firms how the spread of COVID-19 is affecting construction permitting...

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April 17, 2020 | Joe Celentano, AIA, Principal, VMDO Architects

As our daily footprint narrows under “stay at home” measures, we must reconsider our relationsh...

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Check for $500,000 to Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

WTAE Anchor/Sports Director Andrew Stockey (left) and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank CEO Lisa Scales accept a check for $500,000 from 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort.

April 16, 2020 | 84 LUMBER 

Pennsylvania building products supplier raises $1.2 million for Pittsburgh-area food bank.

How has your work been impacted by COVID-19?
April 15, 2020 | SMPS Foundation

The SMPS Foundation and Building Design+Construction are studying the impact of the co...

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93% of renters pay their rent by mid-April 2020, says NMHC

Despite the economic downturn from the coronavirus pandemic, the overwhelming majority of renters in professionally managed multifamily housing paid all or part of their rent by mid-April. Image courtesy Pixabay.


In its second survey of 11.5 million units of professionally managed apartment units across the...

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An aerial view of the Newton Pavilion campus, site of the first and only quarantine shelter in the Boston-area to convert a shuttered hospital for homeless patients during COVID-19 pandemic. Google Imagery/Map Data © 2020 Google

April 15, 2020 | DCAMM, SLAM, and Gilbane Building Company

First and only quarantine shelter in Boston-area to convert a shuttered hospital for homeless p...

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A project architect at Krueck + Sexton used a 3D printer in his apartment to produce the first batch of face shields requested by AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center Chicago. Images: Krueck + Sexton

April 15, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The architecture firm Krueck + Sexton is producing 100 shields for a Chicago-area hospital.

USACE general Mark Toy briefed by Tarlton Corp. officials

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. R. Mark Toy is briefed by Tarlton construction executives on the site of the alternate care facility. From left: Senior Project Manager Cameron Denison, who managed the night team; Vice President Joe Scarfino, who led the effort and managed the day team; and EVP John Doerr. 

April 14, 2020 | TARLTON CORP.

Missouri’s first Alternate Care Facility ready for coronavirus patients

Starbucks in Bothell, Wash., gets CO through a virtual building inspection

This Starbucks and an adjacent bank in Bothell, Wash., were opened thanks to a virtual building inspection by the city. The coffeeshop's drive-thru has stayed open through the COVID-19 pandemic.


April 13, 2020 | Avalon Development

Bothell, Wash., issues a certificate of occupancy to developer after inspecting the property on...

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April 13, 2020 | AGC

Association officials urge quick enactment of infrastructure investment, relief for hard-hit fi...

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How prefab can enable the design and construction industry to bring much needed beds to hospitals, faster

Photo courtesy Autodesk


April 12, 2020 | Amy Marks, Head of Industrialized Construction Strategy & Evangelism, Autodesk

The outbreak of COVID-19 represents an unprecedented test for the global healthcare system. Man...

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The STAAT Mod system provides a fully functioning hospital environment for treating high-acuity patients. Images: HGA


April 10, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A STAAT Mod system can be ready to receive patients in less than a month.

COVID-19 patient rooms in alternate care facility

Typical COVID-19 patient room layout in an alternate care facility. Photo: Henderson Engineers


COVID-19: Converting existing unused or underused hospitals, hotels, convention centers, and ot...

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COVID-19 Design Innovation Grant: IDA offers $14,000 to spur design innovation for combating the coronavirus pandemic

Photo: Anna Shvets via Pexels

April 09, 2020 | IDA

The International Design Awards is looking for innovations in low-cost ventilators, in-home iso...

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Isolation pods being installed at Miami Beach convention center by Robins & Morton.

Isolation pods being installed at Miami Beach convention center, which is being converted to a field hospital by 250 workers under the direction of contractor Robins & Morton.



COVID-19 alert: Robins & Morton to convert Miami Beach Convention Center into a 450-bed fie...

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AIA task force launches tool for assessing COVID-19 alternative care sites
April 08, 2020 | AIA

The tool is intended to assist non-healthcare design professionals with identifying alternative...

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NRCA survey of roofing contractors on COVID-19 impact on business

An NRCA survey of roofing contractors found that the majority of respondents (52%) said their businesses had been significantly or very significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


NRCA survey shows 52% of roofing contractor said COVID-19 pandemic was having a significant or...

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April 08, 2020 | Jon Wright

First, most important and most complex: Create an extensive safety plan for your facilities and...

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This illustration shows how COVID-19 patients would flow through a high school gym that's been converted to a ward for observation and immediate care. Images: HKS

April 07, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

HKS’s concept paper presents three scenarios.

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April 07, 2020 | AGC

Associated General Contractors of America secures fix to loan qualifications after alerting adm...

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April 06, 2020 | AGC

Construction officials urge agency to make clear that firms that employ 500 or fewer people to...

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It’s important that healthcare teams can control access to every department in the hospital. When there’s an outbreak, it’s key that practitioners have the option to restrict access to certain spaces.

April 06, 2020 | Tim Eastwood

A Canadian healthcare architect looks at how hospital staff can act now to modify facilities an...

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NMHC survey of multifamily GCs delays

The NMHC found that the majority of the 135 multifamily contractors surveyed had experienced delays with apartment or condominium projects due to the COVID-19 pandemic.




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LBM building materials revenue 2019

Lumber and building materials revenue totaled $72 billion in 2019, according to Principia.


King County, Wash., is converting warehouses and hotels, and building temporary structures on parking lots and sports fields, to quarantine people who, for whatever reason, can't quarantine themselves. Images: King County, Washington

April 05, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The county is adding 2,500 beds within a dozen Assessment & Recovery Centers that DLR Group...

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The first 500 patient rooms at McCormick Place Convention Center.

The first 500 patient rooms at McCormick Place Convention Center. The 10X10-foot "rooms" have a cot, folding chair, lamp, and blanket, and a bowl containing a toothbrush, surgical masks, and earplugs.


April 04, 2020 | Walsh Construction

Walsh Construction, one of the largest contractors in the city of Chicago and in the United Sta...

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U of Chicago Medicine workers with face shields produced by bKL architects.

University of Chicago Medicine workers with face shields produced by bKL architects


Architecture firms from coast to coast have suddenly turned into manufacturing centers for the...

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