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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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July 13, 2020 | Charles Parker

Changes in building design and operations can drastically improve public health and safety.

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The Weekly show: Carbon-fiber reinforced concrete buildings and back to campus amid COVID-19. The July 9 episode of BD+C's "The Weekly" is available for viewing on demand.
July 10, 2020 | BD+C Editors

The July 9 episode of BD+C's "The Weekly" is available for viewing on demand.

Infection control in healthcare facilities amid COVID-19 Callison - UCSD_CFSH_3_F.jpg

At UC San Diego Medical Center, CallisonRTKL designed a teaching facility that offers medical simulation training. It includes several design elements that combat infection control, such rounded corners, stepped ceilings, and encased light fixtures for easier cleaning, as well as solid surfaces with chemically bonded seams to remove gaps and cracks. Photo: Brian Henniker


July 01, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor  

Caught off guard by COVID-19, healthcare systems take stock of the capacity and preparedness....

June 30, 2020 | Katie Sprague

As many countries begin to return to the office, it’s a chance to ask ourselves: what do we...

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WSP covid-19 facility decontamination, Infection control in buildings in the age of the coronavirus

WSP USA workers being disinfected after cleaning a facility. Photo: WSP USA


June 26, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Controlling future infection spreads could become job one for most buildings and spaces.

June 23, 2020 | Bill Quatman

The short story is official design guidelines are slow to be developed and made into law. 

Oriel installed in healthcare facility

All images courtesy WATG

June 23, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The design was inspired by oriel bay windows.

Boldt Company at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Boldt Field Engineer Zach Jens at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa. Note 360-degree camera on the hardhat.

June 22, 2020 | THE BOLDT COMPANY

Boldt creates an innovation task force to speed up safe opening of jobsites, 14 offices

The June 18 episode of BD+C's "The Weekly" is available for viewing on demand. 
June 19, 2020 | BD+C Editors

The June 18 episode of BD+C's "The Weekly" is available for viewing on demand. 

Among the infection-control protocols that Shawmut Design and Construction rolled out on the Brown University project is Shawmut Vitals, which allows workers to self-certify daily health screenings by scanning a job-specific QR code. Image: Shawmut 

June 18, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The facility, scheduled for completion next April, will combine a residence hall with student h...

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June 17, 2020 |

Access to quick, reliable, and repeated testing has been one of the greatest challenges for bus...

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June 17, 2020 | Heather Kampa and Sherry Mack

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are managing sudden change as they assess the impac...

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Altering the densities of an academic building by student use is one of the solutions for infection control suggested in a white paper on how to make college campuses ready to reopen. Images: Leo A Daly

June 14, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Leo A Daly white paper suggests dividing students into smaller “cohorts,” and assigning bathroo...

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"The Weekly," a new virtual news program from Building Design+Construction, debuted Thursday, June 11
June 12, 2020 | BD+C Editors

The first episode, now available on demand, features experts from Robins & Morton, Gensler,...

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Architecture after the coronavirus, healthcare design by HMC ARCHITECTS

Technology is expected to play a bigger role in keeping patients and staff safe. HMC Architects designed the operating room at Henderson Hospital in Henderson, Nev., with narrow spectrum lighting for infection control. Dave Fennama/HMC Architects


June 09, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Architecture and construction firms—and their clients—are asking new questions about infection...

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NFPA develops business reopening checklist for fire and life safety measures

The new NFPA resource addresses the factors that should be confirmed by a qualified person before re-opening a building to ensure the safety of all its occupants. Photo: Silviu Costin Iancu from Pixabay



June 09, 2020 | NFPA

The new checklist helps building owners and facility managers ensure fire and life safety as bu...

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June 09, 2020 |

As the world evolves its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one clear reality is testing for th...

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June 05, 2020 | Lauren Luckett

Three operational issues that must be prioritized for every building in order to achieve tenant...

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Man washing hands at washbar

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June 02, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

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

Antimicrobial building products graphic

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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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