The Coronavirus pandemic has affected business the world over and the construction industry is certainly no exception. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh mandated that all regular construction activities in the city be suspended as of March 17th. His moratorium applied to all projects that required permits. His release, in part read:
“Effective tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the City is suspending all regular activity at construction sites in Boston. Employers should maintain the necessary crews to keep their sites safe and secure, keep any materials from blowing away, and prevent trespassing. This work needs to be completed in the next week, by Monday, March 23, 2020. After sites have been secured, skeleton crews will be permitted for the remainder of this suspension to ensure safety. The only work that will be permitted moving forward will be emergency work, which will need to be approved by the City of Boston’s Inspectional Services Department.”
San Francisco followed with a shelter-in-place order for its seven million county residents allowing construction work to continue only on public infrastructure and housing projects. Many cities and states have varying measures of restriction on the construction trade that will likely become more restrictive before this all turns around.
Here in the Carolinas, while we are not currently under a shelter-in-place order, some construction projects have been postponed or delayed as North Carolina recognizes a total of 2,900 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and South Carolina hits 2,050 as of this writing.
Armada Hoffler Properties announced Thursday that it has paused construction on the Ten Tryon project, a 15-story high rise planned in Charlotte. The project was slated to include a Publix supermarket in a 28,000-square-foot space. The company is also deferring it’s Chronicle Mill project in Belmont. Construction on both projects had been scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2020, but will now be deferred “until economic conditions stabilize,” Armada Hoffler announced in a news release.
According to an article on Globest.com, the severity of the impact of COVID-19 on South Carolina’s construction industry will be determined by the virus’ effect on the globally interconnected workforce, with primary emphasis on manufacturing employees (material) and construction workers (labor) with the Port of Charleston or any other seaport caught in between, according to a report by Colliers International. Direction for those involved in the construction industry can be found by analyzing US/China and SC/China trade conditions and examining current construction labor realities in Singapore, says the report.
At Harold K. Jordan Construction, we have taken steps to provide the utmost in safety for our workforce and are not only following all OSHA, The Builders Association and CDC guidelines, but taking them a step further. We are certainly practicing recommended social distancing on all our job sites, even going as far as to spread out subcontractors to minimize the number of workers on any given floor of a project. We have also added additional hand washing stations throughout each of our construction projects, and signage encouraging workers to wash their hands frequently.
Housing projects continue to be a vital part of our human infrastructure, and HKJ Construction will continue to do our best to fulfil our duty to complete these projects as soon as possible, given the unusual circumstance we find ourselves in. We continue to monitor government recommendations and warnings and will respond as needed should things change, while the safety of our workforce and the communities we serve remains our top priority.
For more information on Harold K. Jordan Construction, visit our website at https://www.hkjconstruction.com/ or call us at 919-303-3652.