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Reports Indicate N95 Material Still Short

The raw material needed to make N95 masks is still in short supply, according to the Associated Press. The AP reported late last week that meltblown textile—a crucial component for the masks...

Residential Jobs Hike While Others Still Dip

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released new data that suggests that the trend of an increase in residential jobs alongside a decrease in nonresidential and infrastruc...

NIOSH Issues Guidance on Counterfeit Masks

Late last month, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health—part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—released guidance on counterfeit respirators.

SSPC Postpones Coatings+ 2021 to December

SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings has announced the postponement of its Coatings+ 2021 conference, slated to be held at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Survey: Skilled Labor Shortage Still Present in Pandemic

Despite project delays and cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey finds that demand for skilled laborers is still high, according to the Associated General Contractors of A...

Document of Expedited Federal Projects Released

Some of the projects that have been expedited as a result of President Donald J. Trump’s recent executive order have been revealed, according to recently released documents from the Interior...

EPA to Terminate COVID-19 Compliance Program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released an addendum on termination of the entity’s COVID-19 Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Program.

States Split in Recent Industry Employment Data

Construction employment has decreased from June to July in 26 states, as well as the District of Columbia, according to a new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.

ICC Releases Publication for Virtual Inspections

The International Code Council recently published “Recommended Practices for Remote Virtual Inspections,” a guideline that it says governmental jurisdictions should consider for effective an...

Project Backlog Drops by 1 Month YoY in July

Construction backlog, according to the Associated Builders and Contractors, decreased in July by a full month year over year, and decreased .3 months since June for an indicator of 7.8 month...

Report: Small, Midsize Cities Best for Construction

Insurance information provider AdvisorSmith has released a new analysis of salaries, job availability and the cost of living in 383 cities across the United States to compile the best cities...

Lawmakers Seek Records of Expedited Projects

More than two months after President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order advising federal agencies to expedite infrastructure investments and other activities to accelerate the United ...

Canadian Scientists Develop New Mask Coating

Tests carried out by University of Toronto scientists have reportedly shown that an antimicrobial coating developed by Quebec company I3 BioMedical Inc. can deactivate more than 99% of SARS-...

Survey: Residential Jobs Hike, Infrastructure Dips

While construction employment increased by 20,000 jobs in July, those were limited to the residential sector, according to an analysis of data by the Associated General Contractors of Americ...

Data: $9.6B in Infrastructure Projects are Delayed

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association recently gathered and reviewed publicly available data on transportation revenue and construction programs from states and local gov...

Research Looks at Coating to Inactivate Virus

Chemical engineering professor at Virginia Tech, William Ducker, says that he has found a solution to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

AGC: Metro Construction Jobs Down 62%

The Associated General Contractors of America released a new analysis of government data last week that shows that 62% of metro areas decreased construction employment over the past 12 month...

3M Reports Q2 Sales Decline

Protective equipment manufacturer 3M reported a decline in sales year over year despite the high demand for its N95 masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

USGBC Releases 2 New Safety Pilot Credits

The U.S. Green Building Council released two new Safety First pilot credits as part of its LEED for Cities and Communities rating system.

Researchers Develop Spray-On Omniphobic Coating

Researchers at the Okanagan Polymer Engineering Research and Applications Lab (OPERA), at the University of British Columbia Okanagan, have reportedly developed a coating that researchers sa...

NYC Begins COVID-19 Safety Enforcement

During the first days of enforcing COVID-19 safety regulations on construction sites, New York City’s Department of Buildings issued 88 citations, which included 41 stop work orders, accordi...

Antiviral Coating Developing for Surface Contact

New research is underway at the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology within the University of Waterloo to develop a coating that officials say aims to “kill the COVID-19 virus immediately u...

Researcher Gets Grant to Study Wastewater

A civil engineering professor from the University of Arkansas has been awarded federal funding to study wastewater in regard to the spread of COVID-19.

PaintSquare Hosting Webinar on Pandemic

PaintSquare will host a free webinar July 22 entitled, “Pandemic Painting: Challenges and Opportunities.”

MIT Researchers Design New Face Mask

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with Brigham and Women’s Hospital have reportedly design a new face mask that they believe could stop viral particles as effec...

ASNE Announces Virtual MegaRust Conference

The American Society of Naval Engineers announced earlier this month that due to restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic, its annual MegaRust Conference will be held as a Virtual Symposium a...

PPG Reports Q2 Declines Amidst COVID-19

Global coatings company PPG released its second-quarter 2020 financial report late last week, reporting net sales of $3 billion—about 25% lower than last year and down 22% in constant curren...

Free Webinar: Pandemic Painting

PaintSquare will host a free webinar July 22 entitled, “Pandemic Painting: Challenges and Opportunities.”

$8.5B O'Hare Project Faces Pandemic Worries

The $8.5 billion Chicago O’Hare International Airport expansion work is the latest to come under the microscope amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Survey: Heavy Civil Construction Optimistic

A new industry survey has shown that contractors in heavy civil construction are less impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic than commercial contractors, according to Dodge Data & ...

ACI Pivots 2020 Convention to Virtual

The American Concrete Institute announced last week that its annual ACI Concrete Convention, which was slated to take place in Oct. 25-29 in Raleigh, North Carolina, will now be held virtual...

Gordie Howe Officials Dismiss Pandemic Worry

Progress on the $5.7 million Gordie Howe International Bridge is moving right along and, according to officials, likely will not stop even if the area sees another spike in the COVID-19 pand...

ABC Cancels 2020 Convention

The Associated Builders and Contractors announced on Monday (July 6) that it has officially canceled ABC Convention 2020, which was scheduled for Aug. 17-19, in Nashville.

Survey: Residential Construction Jobs are Up

The Associated General Contractors America released its latest construction industry jobs data at the end of last week, detailed that while 158,000 workers were added in June, most of the jo...

PennDOT Cuts Budget, Projects in Pandemic Wake

Weeks after the Pennsylvania economy “reopened” in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation are trying to grapple with how to pay for pr...

British PM Announces $1B in School Rebuilding

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a 10-year plan on Monday (June 29) to rebuild schools across England, pledging 1 billion pounds (roughly $1.2 billion) to the program.

TPC Requests Responses for Pandemic Webinar

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Technology Publishing Co. is looking for solutions to help commercial painting contractors with a new webinar entitled, “Pandemic Painting: Challenges and ...

NJ Transit Issues Plan Without Funding

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Transit Corporation announced its development of a $5.8 billion, five-year capital plan and 10-year strategic plan, identifying a comprehensive vision for ...

Last Restrictions Lifted from Boston Construction

Boston construction is now in full swing after completing the last phase of its reopening of the industry, which began late last month.

TPC Requests Responses for Pandemic Webinar

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Technology Publishing Co. is looking for solutions to help commercial painting contractors with a new webinar entitled, “Pandemic Painting: Challenges and ...

Construction Survey Sees Confidence Drop

The second-quarter numbers for the USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index, released earlier this week, indicate a plunge from 74 in Q1 to 56.

Exec Order Suspends Certain Work Visas

On Monday (June 22), President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order suspending several types of temporary worker visas and green cards for foreign workers until the end of the year.

Democrats Announce $1.5T Infrastructure Plan

United States House Democrats introduced a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill last week, calling for an increase in funding for road and bridge repairs, in addition to funding for clean drink...

Data: Construction Activity Back to Pre-Pandemic Level

The Associated General Contractor of America released new data last week that indicate that construction activity has returned to pre-COVID-19 levels in 34 states.

Hurricane Season Threatens NCDOT, Others

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reports claim that the North Carolina Department of Transportation is now facing financial concerns regarding the approaching hurricane season.

Researchers: Metallic Coatings Could Slow Virus

Research out of Montreal’s Concordia University is looking into antiviral metallic and ceramic coatings as a way to slow the transmission of COVID-19.

ICC Releases Guides on Reoccupancy

Earlier this month, the International Code Council released a set of guidelines to advice building owners and managers on the reoccupancy of buildings that had been closed due to the COVID-1...

Cuomo Opens New LaGuardia Terminal

Late last week Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the brand-new Terminal B at LaGuardia Airport, the project’s biggest milestone to date in the ongoing $8 billion renovation work, which includes the...

States Issue Injunction Against EPA Ruling

At the beginning of the month, nine states issued a brief to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, requesting a preliminary injunction that would halt the Environmen...

Court Rejects Call for OSHA Emergency Standard

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected a lawsuit filed in May by the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations against the Occupationa...

Gordie Howe Pushes Toward 2024 Completion

According to officials from the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, despite the decline in productivity due to COVID-19, the Gordie Howe International Bridge is still on track for its 2024 tar...

Tampa Airport Latest to Halt Construction Plans

The $906 million construction plans for Tampa International Airport could be the next big project on the chopping block due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting drop in air travel traffic.

MA Trade Group Presses Safety Regulations

Months after Boston was one of the first cities to shut down construction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Massachusetts is working to reopen the state with strict safety guidelines.

Workers Start Dismantling Scaffold at Notre Dame

Work has officially begun on dismantling the melting scaffolding surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral. The process reportedly began on Monday, with crews working to take down 200 tons of met...

NY Begins Reopening with Construction Sites

At the beginning of this week New York City began opening up nonessential construction sites as directed by the phased reopening of the state put forth by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Some Wright Locations Reopen for Tours

As more areas begin to open back up in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio and the Frederick C. Robie House have posted their own reopening notices.

AGC Releases Unemployment Numbers for May

The Associated General Contractors of America released its latest construction jobs survey data late last week, revealing that employment bounced back by 464,000 jobs in May. However, the AG...

EPA Evaluates SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater

Last month, the United States Environmental Protection Agency announced that its researchers would be engaging in research practices to help states, tribes, local, territorial governments, a...

PPG Launches VirtualTECH Tool

Recently, global coatings manufacturer PPG Industries (Pittsburgh) announced that it had launched a new virtual technical service for its PPG Protective and Marine Coatings customers.

Free Webinar: Hospital Coatings Guidelines

PaintSquare will host a free webinar June 17 entitled, “New Architectural Coatings Technology Targets Stricter Hospital Infection Protocols.”

Changes to PPP Pass Senate, Head to Trump

Last week, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that updates terms of the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

AGC Releases Metro Unemployment Data

A new analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America has found that construction employment declined in more than 90% of metro areas from March to April.

IIBEC to Host Virtual Convention

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants is hosting its first-ever virtual trade show in the coming weeks.

COVID-19 Aid, Infrastructure Package Discussed

Earlier this week, the United States Senate returned from recess with the intent to begin discussions on the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act.

$100M Dodger Stadium Reno Nearly Complete

Work is reportedly almost finished at the home of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers.

Sika Now Producing Respiratory Masks, Sanitizer

Swiss chemicals company Sika has reportedly commenced production of respiratory masks in France.

Analysis Looks at Pandemic Construction Delays

Financial services company Moody’s Corporation has released an updated outlook on the COVID-19 pandemic, suggesting that the construction industry should be prepared for further delays.

FL Airport Project Sees $371M Funding Cut

Officials with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority have officially sliced into the budget for the Orlando International Airport’s South Terminal project in light of the COVID-19 pandemic ...

ABC Michigan Files Suit Against Governor

In response to two emergency COVID-19 safety orders issued by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer earlier this month, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan has filed a lawsuit again...

OSHA Releases Distancing Guides, Testimony

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an alert last week detailing steps for social distancing in the workplace.

First Section of Keystone XL Reaches Completion

Recently, Canadian natural gas company TC Energy was reported to have completed construction on the first section of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline. The section crosses between Montana a...

Notre Dame Work Resumes Post Pandemic Pause

Restoration work has resumed and COVID-19 protocols have been put in place at the Notre Dame Cathedral site. Although officials are still standing by the initial time frame, a decision on th...

$8B LaGuardia Project to Get Fast-Tracked

The state government and airlines are in agreement as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans for a “supercharged” reopening of New York City, which involves a fast-track for multiple inf...

Research Monitors COVID-19 via Wastewater

Recently, researchers from the Center for Environmental Health Engineering at Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute have developed a new approach to monitoring regional levels of SA...

NRCA Certification Exam Locations to Reopen

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced that test centers for its ProCertification candidates are slated to reopen next month.

Scientists Develop Anti-Coronavirus Surface Coating

Researchers from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in Israel, recently announced that they are developing a novel surface coating that aims to “contain nanoparticles of safe metal ions...

OSHA Releases Revised Enforcement Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently adopted “revised policies” for enforcing its requirements with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic as diffe...

Venice Biennale Postponed to Next Year

Venice’s Biennale Architettura 2020, curated by Hashim Sarkis, has been officially postponed to 2021. The 17th International Architecture Exhibition entitled “How Will We Live Together?” is ...

Study Looks at Healthcare Construction Training

Researchers out of Washington State University and Clemson University have found that insufficient training for construction workers in hospital settings could be contributing to disease out...

$1.1B Pittsburgh Airport Revamp Put on Hold

The $1.1 billion overhaul for the Pittsburgh International Airport is officially on hold indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to officials.

Green Building Council Reveals Economic Plan

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced a new strategy to support industry recovery efforts in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Benjamin Moore Joins with PCA for Conference

Coating manufacturer Benjamin Moore recently announced that is has teamed up with the Painting Contractors Association for the PCA’s Operation COVID-19 Response conference.

Researchers Develop New Antimicrobial Coating

Researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology recently announced that they have developed a multilevel antimicrobial polymer (MAP-1) coating that they say is effective in...

AGC Survey Shows Industry Unemployment

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released a new survey showing that construction employment declined by 975,000 jobs in April—a drop that the AGC calls the worst one-mo...

Boston Talks Timeline for Essential Construction

Last week, the city of Boston released a timeline of an incremental reopening of the construction industry, noting that all sites that are currently open are in compliance with the COVID-19 ...

CORROSION 2020 Officially Canceled

Yesterday (May 11), NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced via press release that its CORROSION 2020 Conference and Expo was officially cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus ...

Cortec Reveals Aircraft Preservation Plan

Amidst unplanned shutdowns and the uncertainty of a reopening timeline experienced by airlines and aircraft transportation sectors due to the COVID-19 pandemic, corrosion control technology ...

OSHA Translates Risk Exposure Tips

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published its “10 Steps All Workplace Can Take to Reduce Risk of Exposure to Coronavirus” poster in 11 additi...

Indestructible Paint Keeps Focus on Training

During the global pandemic, performance paints and coatings manufacturer Indestructible Paint (Birmingham, United Kingdom) reports via emailed press release that it has reinforced its commit...

Several Temporary Hospitals Completed in NJ, NY

As the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic continues, temporary hospitals and healthcare facilities are reaching completion across the United States.

Research Looks at Water, Pipes in Closed Buildings

Since receiving $200,000 in funding from National Science Foundation’s Rapid Response Research (RAPID) program, researchers from Purdue University have launched a study into the impact of th...

Sherwin-Williams Launches Designer Support Center

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) recently announced the launch of its Architect and Designer Support Center, which is a site that aims to “point professionals to...

Axalta Reports COVID-19 PPE Donations

Last month, global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta issued a press release regarding its personal protective equipment and hand sanitizer donations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OSHA Releases Further Guidance on N95s

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued further interim enforcement guidance on the reusing of disposable N95 filtering face piece respir...

ABI Shows Commercial Construction Drop

The American Institute of Architects recently released its Architecture Billings Index (ABI), revealing a record drop in demand for design services from architecture firms during the month o...

Miami COVID-19 Hospital Conversion Completed

Last week, a temporary hospital built inside the Miami Beach Convention Center reportedly reached completion early—commencing work on April 20—just days before its target opening.

Sherwin-Williams Releases Q1, 2020 Numbers

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company (Cleveland) released its first-quarter earnings report for 2020 on Tuesday (April 29), announcing an increase in consolidated net sales, dil...

DC Awards Contract for Temp Patient Space

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser announced last week that the administration has issued a design-build contract to Hensel Phelps Construction Co. to convert the Walter E. Washington Con...

USDOT to Meet CARES Act Responsibilities

In a memorandum issued last Monday (April 20), Acting Inspector General Mitchell L. Behm wrote to the Secretary on supporting efforts made by the United States Department of Transportation t...

Report: Safe Practices Critical During COVID-19

A recent study conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin projected the epidemiological impacts of allowing some or all construction workers in the Austin, Tex...

WA Expects to Reopen Residential Construction

According to reports, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to reopen residential construction, among other types of construction projects, in the upcoming weeks while the state begins to r...

PA Votes to Reopen Economy

In following Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement regarding a three-phase gradual reopening of the state’s economy, House Republicans have taken matters into their own hands, passing al...

Axalta Announces PPE, Sanitizer Donations

Liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta announced last week that it will be providing protective equipment and hand sanitizer to communities around the world in an effort to help combat t...

NRCA Postpones National Roofing Week

The National Roofing Contractor Association announced late last week that it is postponing its annual National Roofing Week due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Construction Industry Leads in PPP Loan Awards

The first round of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program reportedly saw the most money divvied out to the construction industry, according to data released by ...

WA's Sound Transit Halts Most Construction

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is associated health risks, Sound Transit Construction announced that it would be suspending most of its construction on transit expansion projects...

Boston Rolls Out Construction Safety Guidelines

The first city in the United States to halt construction in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic is now releasing guidelines for when the industry reopens.

OSHA Releases COVID-19 Recordkeeping Guide

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued guidance for enforcing its recordkeeping requirements in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

AGC Releases Updated Survey on Project Halts

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released an updated survey researching the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the construction industry.

Sherwin-Williams Launches Pro Support Center

Global coatings firm The Sherwin-Williams Company recently announced in an emailed press release the creation of its Pro Support Center, a website that the firm says is dedicate to tools and...

$1.3M Settlement Reached in CO Bid-Rigging

In an agreement announced earlier this week, construction company M.A. Mortenson Co. settled with the state of Colorado on charges that alleged bid-rigging on the $233 million Colorado Conve...

SSPC Launches ‘SSPC Cares’

Recently, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced the launch of “SSPC Cares,” an initiative and recognition of kindness to inspire others to give back to communities during the C...

DOL Announces OSHA Interim Enforcement

On Monday (April 13), the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced an interim enforcement response plan for the coronavirus pandemic.

Firm Releases Data on Construction, Materials

Building materials and construction industry insights company Principia recently released several bulletins tracking the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BASF Donates Masks, Sanitizer

Chemical company BASF has announced that, as part of its “Helping Hands” campaign, it is donating more than 100 million protective masks to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

AkzoNobel Announces COVID-19 Response

Global coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel (Amsterdam) issued a press release late last month, announcing its response to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

PPG Announces $1.5M in Donations

Global coatings company PPG, along with the PPG Foundation, announced that they plan to "contribute more than $1.5 million to organizations supporting immediate community relief efforts and ...

Researchers to Work on Virus-Specific Coating

University of Central Florida researchers are working to create a protective coating that would specifically target and kill the COVID-19 virus.

FL Coatings Company Begins Manufacturing Sanitizer

In Tampa, Florida, paint and coatings company Sun Coatings has announced via emailed press release that it has repurposed part of its 90,000-square-foot plant in order to manufacture hand sa...

USDOT Announces COVID-19 Relief Funding

At the beginning of the month, the United States Department of Transportation announced $25 billion in federal funding allocations for the nation’s transportation systems and $1 billion in f...

Covestro Provides COVID-19 Aid

Global high-performance polymers company Covestro (Pittsburgh) recently announced that is has been providing aid during the COVID-19 pandemic through in-kind and money donations.

NAHB Suggests Safety Stand Down

The National Association of Home Builders announced late last week that it is urging members and all residential construction companies to hold a Safety Stand Down and halt work for at least...

OSHA Releases Guidance on N95 Shortages

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently released interim enforcement guidance to help combat the shortage of N95 filtering face piece respirator...

ASTM International Cancels May Meetings

Late last month, ASTM International announced that all previously scheduled in-person May standards development meetings have been canceled.

Frank Lloyd Wright Sites to Hold Virtual Tours

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Foundation, recently announced that it will be holding Wright Virtual Visi...

Small Business Loan Clarified for Construction

The U.S. Treasury Department recently released a clarification on its Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program just days after the Associated General Contractors of America ...

Waimea Dam Site Issues Inflate Cost

Officials at the Waimea Community Dam site in Lee Valley, New Zealand, have uncovered more issues at its construction site, which has in turn induced a cost blow out of roughly $25 million, ...

COVID-19 Cleaning Clogging Pipes, Sewers

When news broke that the world was experiencing a global pandemic as a result of COVID-19, many citizens in the United States saw a shortage of toilet paper, hand sanitizers, household disin...

ACA Cancels 2020 Conference

Earlier this month, organizers of the American Coatings Show and Conference—hosted by AC Media, in collaboration with the American Coatings Association and Vincentz Network—announced via pre...

Trump Issues Order Under Production Act

Last Thursday (April 2), President Donald J. Trump announced a memorandum on the Order Under the Defense Production Act Regarding 3M Company and its production of N95 masks.

PA Hospital Expedites Opening for Health Crisis

In Philadelphia, crews are working around the clock to open the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s (Penn Medicine) Pavilion to aid in the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

EPA Approves Products to Fight COVID-19

Recently, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released a list of approved disinfectant products that meet the criteria in fighting against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COV...

AIA Forms Taskforce, Releases COVID-19 Webinar

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Institute of Architects has launched a task force to help inform public officials, healthcare facility workers and architects on adapting b...

FL to Accelerate Infrastructure Projects

While traffic levels appear to be down during the COVID-19 pandemic, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced he wants to take advantage of the opportunity to focus on the state’s infrastruct...

Construction Continues Amidst Shutdowns

Although President Donald J. Trump announced that the country’s social distancing guidelines would be extended through April 30 at the beginning of the week, the construction industry remain...

Government Amends ‘Essential’ Workers List

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency recently released a memorandum identifying essential critical infrastructure workers during the CO...

PPG to Donate 80,000 Masks to Hospitals

Global coatings company PPG announced late last week that it will donate 80,000 masks to hospitals in Pittsburgh, New York, Cleveland, the Detroit area and Huntsville, Alabama, in support of...

AGC Releases Survey on Project Halts

The Associated General Contractors of America recently released a survey researching the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the construction industry.

PaintExpo 2020 Postponed

Earlier this month, FairFair GmbH (Oberboihingen, Germany)—organizer of international industrial coatings technology trade fair PaintExpo—announced that this year’s trade show would be postp...

OSHA Issues COVID-19 Workplace Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently published “Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19” with the aim to help companies respond to the ...

Axalta Responds to COVID-19 Impacts

Last week, global liquid and powder coatings supplier Axalta issued a press release regarding the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on its business and the actions it plans to take in...

WA Halts Construction; Boston Extends Pause

Last week, another state added to the list of places in the United States to halt construction in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Italian Firms Working on ICU Pods

Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota have designed an intensive-care pod in a shipping container with the aim to help alleviate stress on the world’s medical infrastructure in the C...

OH DOT Construction Presses Forward

Although various projects across the United States have seemingly halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reports that it will continue to stay on s...

Survey Looks at Coatings Industry During Crisis

Recently, research company Gardner Intelligence has collected feedback from coatings and finishing manufacturers in an attempt to navigate how the COVID-19 pandemic is specifically affecting...

Army Corps Begins Work on Temporary Hospitals

Within the past week, multiple state governors have been in talks with the Army Corps of Engineers for plans on site for temporary hospitals to combat capacity issues resulting from the COVI...

AIA Pens Letter to Congress on COVID-19

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 inve...

NACE Announces Coating Inspector Program

Last week, NACE International, The Corrosion Society, announced the rollout of its flagship Coating Inspector Program (CIP) where aspiring inspectors can learn through a series of online and...

PennDOT Halts Work on Infrastructure Projects

Last Tuesday (March 17), the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ordered all contractors to cease work on current projects for a minimum ...

ASTM Cancels Standards Meetings

Announced just last week, ASTM International has canceled all in-person committee meetings and independent committee meetings scheduled throughout the month of April.

NRCA Pens Letter to Trump on Coronavirus

The National Roofing Contractors Association recently sent a letter to President Donald Trump to express concerns over what are defined as “essential businesses” and “essential workers” duri...

ACI Makes Conference Meetings Virtual

To combat the cancellation of the ACI Concrete Convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Concrete Institute has announced ACI Virtual Committee Days.

CSHA Postpones Tradeshow, Demo Day

In an emailed press release, the Coating Society of the Houston Area announced Tuesday (March 17), that the annual CSHA Tradeshow and Demo Day have been postponed.

Grenfell Inquiry Suspended Amidst Pandemic

The Grenfell Inquiry panel has decided to suspend the hearings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, inquiry leader Judge Martin Moore-Bick, released the announcement in a letter, no...

Trump Calls Companies to Donate Masks

In taking steps to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration has requested that U.S. construction companies donate their safety mask inventory to hospitals and health ...

Boston Halts Projects; AGC Releases Statement

Earlier this week, Boston became the first U.S. city to halt construction activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

NACE to Vote on SSPC Merger; Update Released

On Saturday (March 14), NACE International’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to move forward with bringing the combination of NACE and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings to a mem...

CSHA Postpones Coatings Competition

In an emailed press release the Coating Society of the Houston Area announced yesterday (March 16), that the CSHA Painters Competition would be postponed until further notice.

CORROSION 2020, ACS Conference Postponed

Late last Friday (March 6), NACE International, The Corrosion Society announced that its annual CORROSION 2020 conference and expo would be postponed until June 14-18.

Venice Biennale Postponed Due to Coronavirus

Venice’s Biennale Architettura 2020, curated by Hashim Sarkis, has been postponed by several months because of worries surrounding the coronavirus.

China Completes Prefab Hospital in 10 Days

Crews have completed the 10-day construction of the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, China, according to reports. The People’s Liberation Army of China took over the facility on Feb. 2 and beg...

China Building Prefab Hospital in 10 Days

The city of Wuhan, China, recently began the ambitious project of building a 1,000-bed hospital in just 10 days with the goal of treating victims of the coronavirus outbreak.


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