Continuing protests in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis have had an impact on construction in some major U.S. cities. During the initial protests in Minneapolis on May 27, a six-story low-income housing project (above) burned to the ground. In Washington, D.C., a fire was started near protests on May 31 at a $13-million U.S. Chamber of Commerce exterior renovation project, but it was contained to the exterior scaffolding. A three-alarm fire caused $25 million in damages to a mixed-use development in Columbus, Ohio, on May 31. The city of Chicago closed construction at all downtown worksites on May 29 through June 1. Some jobsites in California shut down voluntarily or due to curfew orders, the Associated General Contractors of California says.
Construction Sites Damaged Amid Mass Protests
June 3, 2020