Coronavirus

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.

FXCollaborative has designed iconic buildings in cities throughout the world including 4 Times Square in New York. Photo: Copyright Jeff Goldberg/Esto, Courtesy of FXCollaborative.

April 03, 2020 | Guy Geier FAIA, FIIDA, LEED, Managing Partner, FXCollaborative Architects

Density may make it easier for the virus to spread, but let’s not forget that cities are in man...

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Kogniz Health temperature scan

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April 03, 2020 | Kogniz Health

System continuously scans crowds for fever as they enter facilities to locate and isolate risks...

27% of construction firms report layoffs amid COVID-19 outbreak, says AGC

AGC officials are calling for additional federal measures to help avoid further layoffs. Photo: Pixabay

   

April 03, 2020 | AGC

The fast-worsening COVID-19 pandemic has triggered layoffs at more than a quarter of constructi...

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April 03, 2020 |

To address the need for testing in urban areas for those without vehicles, CannonDesign archite...

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April 03, 2020 | ICC

The results of the survey tell us how jurisdictions throughout the U.S. are keeping up with ins...

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Ashraf Fahmy, CallisonRTKL's chief financial officer, comes to the position at a time when the firm is focused on greater leveraging of its offices worldwide. Image: CallisonRTKL

April 03, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Customer service across the globe remains No. 1 priority, says new CFO.

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

   

April 02, 2020 | ROBERT CASSIDY, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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

Coalition DIY prototype face masks

Coalition DIY prototype face masks

April 02, 2020 | ROBERT CASSIDY, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Coalition formed to make DIY face masks for healthcare workers in COVID-19 settings.

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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

April 02, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

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

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April 02, 2020 | National Electrical Construction Association

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

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April 02, 2020 | Rider Levett Bucknall

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

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How is the coronavirus outbreak impacting your firm's projects?
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

   

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...

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April 01, 2020 | Michael Tunkey

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

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

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

April 01, 2020 | ROBERT CASSIDY, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

Ventilation engineering guidance for COVID-19 patient rooms

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April 01, 2020 | AGC

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

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April 01, 2020 | Amanda Cunningham

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

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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

   

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

   

 

March 30, 2020 |

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

March 30, 2020 | Marcene Kinney

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

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

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March 30, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor 

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

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March 30, 2020 | AGC

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

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March 27, 2020 | AGC

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

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March 27, 2020 | AIA

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

March 26, 2020 | Maria Ionescu

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

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March 26, 2020 | AIA

Approval for the latest relief legislation advances a number of AIA-supported measures to help...

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AGC survey of contractors April 20-23, 2020

AGC's coronavirus impact survey of 844 contractors (April 20-23, 2020) showed that nearly a third (31%) had had projects halted in April, and nearly a fifth (19%) were ordered to halt projects scheduled for April 2020. Source: Associated General Contractors of America

March 25, 2020 |

Coronavirus pandemic's impact on U.S. construction, notably the multifamily sector - 04-30-20 u...

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March 25, 2020 | Plaza Construction and Central Consulting

New York City-based partnership to aid Florida healthcare systems amid COVID-19 outbreak and wi...

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March 25, 2020 | Stephen Blair and Michael Vinkler

As laboratory designers, we want to shed light on a subset of our population critical to protec...

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