After a brief break due to COVID-19, crews are continuing to work on Polar Park in Worcester. Read more.
International Pension Fund (IPF) Updates
The International Pension Fund (IPF) has adopted a remote work policy that began March 18, 2020, but its operations are continuing without a hitch. Participants and applicants can continue to communicate with the Fund staff by phone at 1-888-880-8222, and calls will be routed to the appropriate staff’s cell phones. The IPF group emails will continue to be monitored and responded in a timely manner.
Participants who are applying for their IPF pension can email: IPFPensionapplicantinfo@ipfweb.org; Participants who are applying or have applied for their BACSave Annuity can email: RSPwithdrawalapplicantinfo@ipfweb.org; Pensioners can reach the IPF Pension Payroll Department at: PensionPayroll@ipfweb.org; Participants who are interested in a future pension estimate can email: Pensionestimate@ipfweb.org
For more information about the IPF, please visit IPF's website.
Construction Industry COVID-19 News (By Region)
Shipping container classrooms and prefab bathrooms: The construction industry evolves amid COVID-19 (EastBayTimes, 7/10,2020)
Long-Term Effects of COVID-19 in the Construction Industry (engineering, 7/3/2020)
COVID-19 presents new challenges for minority-owned construction firms (Construction Dive, 6/30/2020)
Many minority-owned businesses, for example, pay higher loan interest rates than their nonminority-owned counterparts, according to a report from the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). Read more.
COVID-19 health screenings raise privacy considerations for contractors (ConstructionDive, 6/29/2020)
When workers arrive at a Skanska jobsite at the University of Delaware, they are asked a series of questions such as, “Are you experiencing flu-like symptoms?" and " Have you, or has anyone in your family, been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19?” They also receive daily temperature checks before beginning work. Read more.
Major stadium projects impacted by COVID-19 slowdowns (ConstructionDive, 6/25/2020)
While major sports leagues have postponed their opening days or suspended play indefinitely until fear around the novel coronavirus subsides, construction on many new stadiums and arenas continues. Read more.
Multiemployer Construction Sites in the COVID-19 Era (National Law Review, 6/23/2020)
EEOC has announced that employers cannot mandate blood tests for COVID-19 antibodies before allowing employees back to work. It is certainly an invasive medical examination. Read more.
The Health Screening Free app has been available since May. The new Pro edition targets projects requiring large numbers of workers. Read more.
Should construction be halted in areas showing a rise in COVID-19 cases? (constructiondive, 6/19/2020)
Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas all reported record increases in new cases after recording all-time highs the week before, according to CNBC. Hospitalizations are also rising or at record highs. Read more.
Contractors hire medical professionals for COVID-19 guidance, site visits (constructiondive, 6/9/2020)
For instance, in the San Francisco area, Structure Tone managers have hired an industrial hygienist to set up infection prevention protocols. In other parts of the country, they have brought EMTs and nurses onto jobsites to complete temperature screenings of workers, while other sites have automated screening stations.Read more.
Some airport construction projects grounded by fears of post-coronavirus downturn (archpaper, 6/9/2020)
The options are pause work indefinitely or dramatically scale back plans (San Francisco International Airport, San Diego International Airport, Orlando International Airport) Read more.
Moody's: Expect more coronavirus-induced project delays (ConstructionDive, 6/1/2020)
Until a vaccine is rolled out and there are better treatment options for those who are infected by the coronavirus, contractors and other employers must abide by new safety protocols, which could delay projects because of the time it takes to implement them every day and
News in Canada
Construction workers rank high in COVID-19 mental health survey (DailyCommercialNews, 7/8/2020)
But amidst the general decline, the survey shows, construction workers fared better than most other sectors. Read more.
Designed in Canada: Citizen Care Pod is a smart, modular testing unit for COVID-19 (Construction Canada, 6/16/2020)
The Citizen Care Pod is a customizable unit outfitted with the capabilities to enable turnkey mobile COVID-19 testing in high-traffic business environments and communities with the goal of expediting testing, screening, and eventually vaccination on mass scale.
Winnipeg aviation museum begins construction of new facility amidst COVID-19 (JournalofCommerce, 6/8/2020)
The project’s contractor, PCL Construction, for the measures it is taking to ensure that workers are safe, which include testing onsite, social distancing and making cloth face masks available. Read more.
55 construction workers on Texas A&M campus test positive for COVID-19 (KBTX-TV3, 6/16/2020)
Alabama-based Hoar Construction confirms 55 of its 153 workers on-site, including some subcontractors, tested positive for the virus. The first employee confirmed to have COVID-19 was reported on June 1. A second and third employee tested positive in the days immediately following the first case. Read more.
DURHAM, N.C. — Latino residents make up more than half of the coronavirus infections in Durham County, while accounting for only 14 percent of the local population. Read more.
Cluster of COVID-19 cases on WCU construction site? Cleared now? (CitizenTimes, 6/10/2020)
Studenc said work also immediately stopped on the job site "to allow for disinfection and deep cleaning." Work resumed May 5.Read more.
Austin is among 40 schools, including 29 high schools, across the district that are being renovated or rebuilt as part of the 2012 Bond Program, according to the district. More than 80 percent of all HISD construction projects are complete. Read more.
Construction worker at Wilmington school tests positive for COVID-19 (starnewonline, 6/5/2020)
The infected construction work does not appear to have had contact with any Noble staff or other people at the school, which is located on North Market Street. Read more.
Tampa Airport delays construction of Airside D due to COVID-19 (internationalairportreview, 6/5/2020)
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tampa Airport has submitted a plan to defer or abandon $900 million in projects over the next four to five years. Read more.
Construction starts in SoFla continue to plummet (TheRealDeal, 6/3/2020)
Construction fell 33%, its second monthly decline, as contractors face challenges with supplies and labor Read more.
Dallas-Fort Worth construction starts plunged as COVID-19 spread (dallasnews, 6/3/2020)
The Houston area had a one-month construction employment loss of almost 23,000 jobs. Read more.
Developers have lobbied to make industry essential under coronavirus health orders Read more.
Coronavirus outbreak at Durango construction site (krqe, 6/3/2020)
Coronavirus outbreak at Durango construction site Read more.
Ninth COVID-19 case confirmed as construction employee (The Union, 6/3/2020)
The employee, who had no contact with the campus community outside of the enclosed construction zone, was last on campus Thursday, May 21, according to an email by ECC’s Office of Marketing and Communications. Read more.