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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.
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

April 10, 2020 | JAKE KATZENBERGER, MARK CHRISMAN, AND RUSS MURDOCK, 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.

   

April 09, 2020 | ROBERT CASSIDY, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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.

April 08, 2020 | ROBERT CASSIDY, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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.

   

April 05, 2020 | ROBERT CASSIDY, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

The...

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LBM building materials revenue 2019

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

April 05, 2020 | ROBERT CASSIDY, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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

April 04, 2020 | ROBERT CASSIDY, EXECUTIVE EDITOR

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

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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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100 dollar bills

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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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