Our Latest Webinar: How Companies are Adapting to COVID-19

As part of our COVID-19 Series, last month we specifically looked at safety on jobsites and How Companies in Construction are Adapting to COVID-19.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced the adoption of new ways of working for all of us. Organizations are being forced to reimagine their work and create a safe, healthy, and productive workspace for employees.

In the past several months we have seen several of our clients rise to the occasion, acting swiftly to safeguard employees and adapt to our new normal. As part of our COVID-19 Webinar Series, last month we specifically looked at safety on construction jobsites and How Companies in Construction are Adapting to COVID-19.

Panelists from various regions across the United States and Canada represented the Owner, Construction Manager, and Contractor’s perspective on this issue. While some companies were forced to stop work (without much advanced notice) for the most part Construction has been deemed an Essential Business in most states and provinces. OSHA, the CDC, and Public Health Agencies are issuing guidelines to follow, but the overall consensus is that each individual company is left to decide what works best for them. Some measures include daily temperature checks, completing a questionnaire before being allowed access to the jobsite, installation of portable hand-washing stations, social distanced tailgate meetings, no carpooling or shuttle buses, staggering work shifts and lunch breaks, additional PPE for workers (masks, face shields, gloves, etc.), and restricting personnel to specific buildings or stairways.

Our panelists additionally reported a slight increase in costs due to extra PPE required and are starting to see Change Order requests for these costs. There are also some disruptions to their supply chains.

The overall feeling from our panelists might be described as cautiously optimistic? People are back to work and projects are moving, albeit slowly. Masks and social distancing seem to be helping and people are complying with increased safety measures. It is impossible to predict what the future will bring, and there may be a second wave once the traditional flu season and cooler weather returns. Some say we are already in the second wave. The truth is that no one really knows. The best we can do is follow the suggested safety measures, get a contingency plan in place should there in fact be a second wave, and continue good health habits for yourselves and for those around you. 

The VPO Team is incredibly proud to work with such wonderful clients and appreciates their insight. Special thanks to our panelists for sharing their time and talents with our community!

Mr. Paul Buckley, Anser Advisory | Mr. Roger McClain, Park City Municipal Corporation

Mr. Afzal Minhas, Northview Apartment REIT | Mr. Christopher Niemann, University of Pittsburgh

Ms. Sheree Thomas, S.B. Thomas & Associates | Ms. Jennifer Weldon, Yale University

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