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.
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.

   

May 22, 2020 | AMERICAN COLLEGE OF HEALTHCARE ARCHITECTS

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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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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Image courtesy VMDO

   

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.

April 15, 2020 | NATIONAL MULTIFAMILY HOUSING COUNCIL

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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