Weekly Poll (14)


The U.S. Green Building Council reported last month that more than 130 LEED projects have engaged in its Safety First pilot credits in support of “healthy reopening plans in response to the pandemic.” Do you think the number of projects will continue to increase?


Reports have recently indicated that businesses that received Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program loans during the COVID-19 pandemic could experience higher taxable revenues. If you or your company received a PPP loan, do you plan to apply for loan forgiveness or use the tax write offs and pay the loan back?


In recent reports by both the Associated Builders and Contractors and Associated General Contractors of America, data showed an increase or rebound in employment and construction backlogs. Do you think the industry is out of the weeds regarding the negative impacts experienced from the COVID-19 pandemic?


At the end of August, the AGC found in a recent survey that, despite COVID-19-related project delays and cancellations, the demand for skilled laborers remained high. In the survey, some firms reported that funding or assistance from the federal government would help the industry, do you agree?


Construction material prices have reportedly risen for the second time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a recent Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index. Have you found this to be true for your company?


Nine states recently issued a brief to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, requesting a preliminary injunction that would halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement discretion policy. In regard to relaxing company compliance and monitoring requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic, do you think the EPA’s policy should be fought or approved?


Last month, New York City began opening up nonessential construction sites as directed by the phased reopening of the state put forth by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Given current circumstances, do you think that the reopening occurred too soon, or should have happened sooner?


Throughout May and June,researchers from Arizona State University and the EPA were looking at new approaches to monitoring SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater. Do you think the practice will prove to be a faster indicator of an infected community verses current individual testing methods?


In June, officials with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority announced that they would be cutting $371 million from Orlando International Airport’s South Terminal project in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you think the pandemic’s effect on air traffic will cause budget cuts on other commercial airport projects as well?


Researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel, recently announced that they were developing a novel surface coating aiming to “contain nanoparticles of safe metal ions and polymers with anti-viral and anti-microbial activity,” a route in combating the COVID-19 pandemic. How soon do you think a coating like this would be available to the public?


Recently, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, along with city Chief Operations Officer Patrick Brophy, began rolling out guidelines for reopening construction projects in the city. Do you think these rules will be used to influence other cities and high-risk COVID-19 areas to reopen the industry?


University of Central Florida researchers were recently reported to be working on a protective coating that would specifically target and kill the COVID-19 virus. If created, do you think the coating will be available to the public before or after there is a cure?


Recently, wastewater officials reported a surge in backed-up sewer lines and even overflowing toilets, among other issues, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Do you believe the industry will see a continued increase of negative effects on sewer systems and pumps until the pandemic is resolved?


In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, many industrial coatings-related companies have cancelled or postponed their slated events, conferences and competitions. Do you think the decision will have negative impacts on the industry as a whole?


 
 
   

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