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AIA Pens Letter to Congress on COVID-19

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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Late last week, the American Institute of Architects 2020 President Jane Frederick, FAIA, and EVP/CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA, released a letter to Congress outlining a proposed infrastructure investment and addressing what it views as critical needs from small business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The American Institute of Architects is the world’s largest design organization. Our 95,000 members are committed to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public,” the letter begins. "Since 1857, this concern has been central to all that we, as architects, do.

“The outbreak of COVID-19 and the current health crisis strikes at the very core of this mission. I wish to extend our gratitude to you for your leadership in addressing this crisis. Those personally affected by the virus and our frontline responders need additional resources and they are top of mind for all of us.”

Proposals

The AIA requested investment in 21st Century Infrastructure as well as temporary relief measures for business owners.

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Late last week, the American Institute of Architects 2020 President Jane Frederick, FAIA, and EVP/CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA, released a letter to Congress outlining a proposed infrastructure investment and addressing what it views as critical needs from small business owners during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Architecture firms come in all sizes, but the majority are classified as small businesses,” the letter reads. “The relief provided in H.R. 6201 was an important first step, but more will be necessary. Businesses cannot wait until the next tax filing season to see relief.”

The AIA proposed:

  • investing in Small Business Interruption Loans for businesses under 500 employees to cover the costs of payroll while employees may not be able to work due to their own health concerns or the effects of social isolation
  • increasing access to unsecured credit to all employers so that they can cover costs associated with payroll, rent and other obligations in the immediate term
  • suspending the collection of business taxes, including payroll tax, for the duration of the pandemic; and
  • suspending the current policy limiting what losses pass-through entities may deduct as many architecture firms are pass-through entities and they should be able to deduct all losses incurred this year in the next tax cycle.

The AIA also proposed sustained investment to revive the economy once the initial health crisis has passed.

“Infrastructure for the 21st Century should not only include investment in roads, bridges, and other horizontal infrastructure, though those updates are sorely needed,” the letter reads. “Today’s infrastructure investment must also cover vertical infrastructure, including hospitals, schools, affordable housing, and other public buildings.”

The AIA proposes a minimum $300 billion investment over five years.

Other Association Reactions

CEO of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, recently spoke out against outright shutdowns of construction, issuing a statement saying that shutting down construction projects is an unnecessary step.

“Halting construction activity will do more harm than good for construction workers, community residents and the economy,” he said. “Construction firms are already acting to ensure the safety and health of their employees in the face of the coronavirus outbreak. These new measures, which include increased hygiene and halting group gatherings of staff, are in addition to the fact construction workers already wear protective equipment, including gloves that will help protect them and their co-workers."

The National Roofing Contractors Association also wrote a letter, this time to President Donald Trump, to express concerns over what are defined as “essential businesses” and “essential workers” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

   

Tagged categories: American Institute of Architects (AIA); COVID-19; Good Technical Practice; Government; Health and safety; NA; North America; Safety

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