The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a major blow to the world's economy, and ENR has been documenting the effects on construction and the broader industry since the beginning of 2020.

ENR's past reporting, analysis and commentary on construction sector developments due to the coronavirus crisis is collected below.

[For ENR’s latest coverage of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, click here]

 

Archive of Pandemic Coverage Prior to May 1, 2020:

April 29, 2020

• San Francisco Area Construction To Restart May 4, But Safety Requirements Questioned [Free]

• Managing Human Assets Gets Harder in COVID-19 Era

• New 'Paycheck Protection' Loan Guidelines Worry Contractors

• Projects Across Pa. Get Ready to Roll [Free]

• Building Trades With Prefab Capabilities Step Up to Deliver COVID-19 Alternate Care Facilities

Editorial: Sketching the Elements of the 'New Normal'

• Cashflow and Pay Rise As Key Metrics in Economic Crisis

• 2020 Top 500 Design Firms: Will COVID-19 Change Design?

• 'Paycheck Protection' Loan Program May Soon Commit All Its Funds

• Turning to Virtual Reality BIM Review During a Pandemic

• Oil and Gas Giants Recommit To Renewables Amid COVID-19

April 28, 2020

• COVID-19 Safety Rules Take Shape in Boston [Free]

April 27, 2020

• Midwest Stay at Home Orders Extended, Ended and Updated [Free]

April 25, 2020

NJ Transit Rail Ops Exec Dies of COVID-19 Complications on April 18

April 24, 2020

• New York City Buildings Commissioner Notes Agency Role In COVID-19 Project Curbs

• Pa. Gov Issues COVID-19 Safety Guidelines as Crews Prepare to Resume Work [Free]

• Survey: Industry Anxiety Levels Improve, But Concern Remains High for Business Stability [Free]

• Update: Trump Signs Bill to Add $310B to 'Paycheck Protection' Loan Program [Free]

• How Midwest Construction Is Adapting to the COVID-19 Threat

April 23, 2020

• Update: Washington Governor Reopens Some Construction Immediately [Free]

• House Passes Bill to Add $310B to 'Paycheck Protection' Loan Program

• State DOTs Expedite Millions in Construction on Empty Highways

April 22, 2020

• Gilbane Looks to Social Distancing on Jobsites and Finding the New Normal

• Pandemic Delays P3 Proposal Deadline for Honolulu Light-Rail Section

April 21, 2020

• In Response to COVID-19, AISC Kicks Off a Free Virtual Steel Conference

April 20, 2020

• Pennsylvania Governor OKs May 8 Construction Restart [Free]

• Feds Expand 'Guidance' of Virus-Essential Construction Sectors, Jobs

• Ontario, Quebec Ease COVID-19 Construction Rules for 'Essential' Projects [Free]

April 19, 2020

• CEOs Detail Virus-Reshaped Business Realities [Free]

April 18, 2020

• Army Corps Set to Deliver 28 COVID-19 Alternate Care Facilities [Free]

April 17, 2020

• Airports Plan to Apply for Shares of $10B in CARES Act Grants

April 16, 2020

Trump Picks Construction 'Economic Revival' Team; Issues Eased State Social Distance Guidance [Free]

• Georgia Power Cuts Vogtle Project Workforce Amid Increase in COVID-19 Cases

• Boston Mayor Considers Bringing Construction Back, Slowly [Free]

April 15, 2020

Energy, Power, Health Care Face COVID-19 Downgrades, Disruption

• Industry M&As Take COVID-19 Hit, But Deals Aren't Dead Yet

• Construction Tops Industries in Paycheck Protection Loan Volume [Free]

• Industry Finds New Innovations to Stay Ahead of COVID-19

• Companies, Colleges Retool to Produce Much-Needed Face Masks [Free]

New U.S. COVID-19 Paid Sick Leave Law Has Lots of Gray

• CROSS-US Calls for Input on Keeping Structures Safe During Pauses

Viewpoint: Why We Need Fresh Infrastructure Ideas After The Pandemic [Free]

April 14, 2020

• Nearly 40% of Firms Have Laid Off Workers, New AGC Survey Says [Free]

April 13, 2020

• OSHA Clarifies Record-Keeping Rules for COVID-19

• Mortenson To Pay $650K Fine, Provide COVID-Related Construction Services As Part of Bid-Rigging Settlement

April 12, 2020

• Ontario, Quebec Shut Projects, But Canada Keeps Most Construction Essential

April 11, 2020

• COVID-19 Delays, Closes Projects Across the Midwest [Free]

April 10, 2020

• Pandemic Brings New Risk Controls To Jobsites—And Regular Blasts of Bleach [Free]

• After Tough Second Quarter, Recession Will Ease, Says Dodge

April 9, 2020

• COVID-19 Survey: Business Outlook Darkens Among Industry Firms [Free]

• Boost for Paycheck Protection Loans Stalls in Senate [Free]

• AGC Stand Down Emphasizes Coronavirus Safety Measures [Free]

• Robins & Morton Converting Miami Convention Center Into COVID Field Hospital

• Work Restarts on $1.8B COVID-19 Closed Milan Subway Project

April 8, 2020

• New Jersey, Second in U.S. in COVID-19 Cases, Shuts Non-Essential Jobs [Free]

• Designers Weigh Strategies for COVID-19 Isolation Rooms

April 7, 2020

• Washington’s Sound Transit Temporarily Halts Most Construction

• Treasury Eases Construction Firms' Path to Paycheck Protection Loans

• AIA Releases Tool to Help Officials Assess Temporary Hospital Sites [Free]

• UK Firm Offers Quick-Made COVID-19 Face Shield Template [Free]

• Contractors Prioritizing Safety Across Texas & Louisiana Region

April 6, 2020

• AGC Slams SBA Rule for Key CARES Act Business Loans

• Pennsylvania to Restart $530M in Turnpike Projects [Free]

• Thousands of Mass. Union Members Walk Off Jobs Due to COVID-19 Fears [Free]

• Social Distancing, Shelter Orders Impede Construction Bonds [Free]

• New York City Halts Public Design Work

April 5, 2020

• Clean Energy Can Drive Post-COVID-19 Economies, Business Groups Say

April 4, 2020

• Code Group Seeks Funds for Remote Approval of COVID-19 Pop-Up Hospitals [Free]

• Computer Vision Deployed to Monitor Social Distancing on Jobsites

• Army Corps Strategy Evolves Into Using Convention Center Spaces for COVID-19 Care

• Walsh Talks About McCormick Convention Center to COVID-19 Care Conversion [Free]

April 3, 2020

• Construction Job Totals Start to Fall, with 29,000 Drop in March

• Viewpoint: Restarting Your Pandemic-Delayed Project With the Critical Path in Mind [Free]

April 2, 2020

UVA Accelerates Hospital Project to Meet COVID-19 Demand

• PennDOT Unfreezes 60 Critical Highway, Bridge Projects [Free]

• COVID-19: Confronting The New Normal

• Construction Spending, Commodity Prices Continue to Fall Amid Global Crisis

April 1, 2020

• Michigan Deal Pushes Transportation Projects, Extends Schedules for Shut Down Jobs [Free]

• Mass. Unions Call For Statewide Halt on Building Projects [Free]

• Across the Country, Firms Face Varying Restrictions Due to COVID-19

• A Multifront Drive Aims To Boost Hospitals' Capacity

• ENR's 1918 Flu Coverage Foreshadows COVID-19 Practices [Free]

• Construction Eyes an Expected New Stimulus Bill

• Designers Advise on COVID-19-Related Pop-Up Hospitals

March 31, 2020

• SF Bay Area Halts Most Construction; LA Issues Stronger Site Safety Rules [Free]

• McCormick Place Becoming a COVID-19 Hospital, Chicago Veterans Home Fast-Tracked to Help  [Free]

• Texas High-Speed Rail Staff Laid Off Due to COVID-19

• EPA Suspends Environmental Compliance Rules, Citing COVID-19 Concerns

• I-74 Bridge Project Resumes Following COVID-19 Halt [Free]

March 30, 2020

Video: ENR Interviews Army Corps Leaders at Javits Center in NYC on Rapidly Built Hospitals [Free]

$10K Fines Announced for COVID-19-Related Construction Violations in New York City [Free]

• Wave of Field Hospitals Deployed Across the Country

• Federal Government Issues Guidance to Help Clarify Areas of ‘Essential’ Work

• Workers at Two NFL Stadiums Test Positive for COVID-19, But Construction Continues [Free]

March 28, 2020

• Corps Leaders Explain Strategy for Rapid Hospital Response [Free]

• Surveys: Hundreds of Design Professionals See Big COVID-19 Business Impacts

March 27, 2020

• States Assert Authority to Deem Workers Essential

• UK Offers COVID-19 Financial Cushion to Companies, Workers

• Editorial: What A Covid-19-Safe Construction Site Looks Like [Free]

• 'Essential Construction' Defined as New York Shuts Most Projects Over Coronavirus [Free]

• House Passes Stimulus Bill With Billions, Potentially, for Construction [Free]

March 26, 2020

• Massachusetts to Reopen Decommissioned Hospital to Address COVID 19 Capacity Concerns

• Work Halted at Boston Project Despite Loophole in Shutdown Order [Free]

• Construction Worker-Tracking Tech Finds New Jobsite Uses in Coronavirus Pandemic

• Economists Expect Steep Dip in GDP, Construction Markets Due to COVID-19

• Make the Call for More Construction Technology in a Time of Crisis

• Washington State Broadens Construction Shutdown Order [Free]

March 25, 2020

Viewpoint: Covid-19 a Critical 'Black Swan' Event for Electric and Gas Utilities [Free]

• Boston Extends COVID-19 Construction Ban

• Germany Eases COVID-19 Project Restrictions for Public Infrastructure Projects

• Florida Gears Up for Coronavirus with Field Hospitals

• NYC Mayor de Blasio To Ask for Clarification Around Essential Construction

• Pandemic Finance For Contractors: The Major Issues

• Quad Cities I-74 Bridge Construction Halted Following Worker’s Positive COVID-19 Test

March 24, 2020

• Webcor CEO Says New Business Practices Needed in Response to Pandemic [Free]

• After Initial Confusion, Energy Projects Join COVID-Sidelined Construction in Pa.

• Health Care Designers Educate, Advise, Warn During COVID-19 Crisis [Free]

• Mask Donations Rise as Industry Combs Sites to Support Healthcare Workers

• California State, County Clarifications to Stay-at-Home Orders Raise More Questions

Philadelphia Hospital Project Pushes Forward to Care For COVID-19 Patients

March 23, 2020

• Contractors Meet Deadline To Button Up Boston Construction Sites

• COVID-19 and Falling Oil Prices Roil Oil and Gas Sector

• Construction Groups Push Back on OSHA's COVID-19 Reporting Rule

• COVID-19 Claims Life of John LaPlante, 80, Chicago's First DOT Commissioner [Free]

• Tourism’s Tumble Halts Airline’s $420M Florida Resort Project, For Now

March 22, 2020

• Construction Faces Lockdown as Europe Now Is COVID-19 Global Hotspot

• Cloud Infrastructure Keeps Firms Afloat During Coronavirus Pandemic [Free]

• AGC Survey: 28 Percent of Members Report Halted or Delayed Projects Due to COVID-19 [Free]

• Treasury, Labor Depts. Ease Family/Medical Leave Mechanisms

• GM Will Partner With Ventec to Manufacture More Ventilators for COVID-19 Response

March 20, 2020

• New Orleans Issues 'Stay Home' Mandate, Construction Exempt

• Construction Companies Navigate New California Lockdown Orders

• Contractors Offer Alternative Solutions for COVID-19 Beds

Army Corps of Engineers Launches Multistate Push To Add Hospital Capacity

• Canada Provinces, Cities Are Not Shutting Projects, but Some Owners Scale Back

• Stay at Home Order for Illinois, New COVID-19 Precautions Instituted in Other Midwest States

• Kansas OKs $10B Transportation Program As Economic Stimulus

• Pa. Contractors Rush To Respond to Construction Stop Order [Free]

March 19, 2020

• Perspective: A Virus-Shaken Economy Could Erode Markets for New Construction

Pennsylvania Halts All 'Non-Life-Sustaining Business' Operations, Including Construction

Airports, Transit Seek Emergency Funds as Ridership Plunges

Contractor Pauses $215M W. Virginia Highway Job Over Worker COVID-19 Concerns

Pandemic Sidelines Some November Infrastructure Ballot Measures

• Ritchie Bros. Sees Large Number of Bidders on Equipment in US and France, Despite Coronavirus

Work Continues, But Shaken Economy Erodes Market for New Construction

• Pandemic Sidelines Some Infrastructure Ballot Measures

• Northern California Shelter in Place Orders Exempt Most Construction

• Despite Virus Fears, Crowds Flock to Truncated CONEXPO

March 18, 2020

1Q Confidence Index: Will Pandemic Stunt Construction's Rising Market?

COVID-19 Confusion in California

COVID-19 Market Drop Shuts UK Equipment Maker JCB Through March 30

• Houston Construction Sites To Remain Open For Now

• Construction Companies Responding to Request to Donate Masks

Rep. DeFazio: FEMA Asks Army Corps to Build Emergency Health Facilities

• NYC Plans to Add More than 8,000 Beds for Coronavirus Patients

• Pandemic Forces Shifting Outlook, Priorities in Industry

• The Virus Pandemic: What We Need To Do

March 17, 2020

• Environmental Contractors Group Plans Coronavirus Training for NYC Construction Workers

• Trump Administration Calls on Construction Companies to Donate Masks

• Pennsylvania Pauses Highway, Bridge Work to Curb Coronavirus Spread

March 16, 2020

• AGC Slams House Coronavirus Bill's Medical/Family Leave Provisions

Boston Is First U.S. City to Shutter Construction Sites Because of Coronavirus

• Construction and Coronavirus: What We’ve Seen So Far

March 1-15, 2020

Construction Responds To Limit Coronavirus Infection Exposure, Manage Work

Coronavirus Risk Closes ConExpo Show a Day Early; Industry Firms Prepare for Worst

Coronavirus Impacts Are Clear on Global Manufacturing Index

Coronavirus Begins To Disrupt US Supply Chains and Markets

February, 2020

• Ultrafast-Track Wuhan Hospitals Accept First Patients, But More Beds Needed

Project Impacts Growing as China Coronavirus Spreads 

Crews Complete Wuhan Hospital in 10 Days, Near Finish on Second Coronavirus Facility