The latest construction news from around the globe…
Happy new year and welcome to 2021! Catch up on what’s going on in construction this week. From an update on the state of the Australian infrastructure sector to the US cities expected to bounce back the fastest with regard to commercial construction, we’ve got you covered on all the industry news from around the world.
5 Foreign Projects to Keep an Eye on in 2021
Although the pandemic has certainly taken a toll on the state of global construction, there are a number of major projects coming down the pipeline. From Hong Kong’s International Airport expansion to a new transit-oriented commercial building in downtown Sydney, Construction Dive rounded up the 5 projects you won’t want to miss in 2021.
US Cities Predicted Most Favorable for Commercial Development in 2021
While US commercial construction is expected to recover in 2021, the degree to which the sector bounces back is still unclear. A recent analysis from CBRE predicts that the Southeast and Texas offer the most favorable conditions for recovery and that cities such as Atlanta and Dallas will likely see an uptick first. Read more here.
How COIVD-19 Has Impacted the Australian Infrastructure Sector
A new report developed by Infrastructure Australia and L.E.K Consulting has found that the infrastructure sector in Australia has fared relatively well compared to other OECD countries. According to the report, “the continuation of infrastructure construction across major projects was a key source of economic activity and employment during the pandemic.”
US Construction Workers Unlikely to Get Vaccinated on the Jobsite
Despite the CDC classifying construction workers as essential, it’s likely that they will have to stand in line with everyone else once the vaccine is rolled out further. Earlier this month, Dr. David Fitter, co-lead for the agency’s COVID-19 Response Vaccine Task Force, said the idea for vaccines to be distributed to workers on the jobsite is not currently being considered by public health officials. Instead, the majority of construction workers will receive the vaccine in Phase 3, expected to start any time between February to late spring 2021.
Test Your Knowledge: Leveraging Social Media for Your Construction Business
Using social media to market your construction firm can be extremely beneficial for driving business. However, not everyone goes about it in the right way. In order to grow your social media presence, there are a few tactics you must keep in mind, like knowing your audience and picking the right tone. Think you got it on lock? Test your knowledge by checking out this article.
Why Canada’s Commitment to Health and Safety Ultimately Saved the Industry
Per Phil Gillies, Executive Director at the Ontario Construction Consortium, Canadian construction workers’ commitment to adhering to public health regulations and safety measures on the jobsite contributed significantly to the industry’s endurance. Of more than 10,000 COVID-related Workplace Safety and Insurance Board claims since the pandemic began, only about 1% of cases are linked to the construction industry. “Measures were put in place very quickly and they have been extremely effective,” said Giles in a recent interview.
Do Tall Buildings Affect City Air Quality?
If you have an extra moment, check out this article from Construction Manage Magazine to learn about a new study at the University of Surrey that seeks to understand how tall buildings impact the meteorology, air quality, and climate of towns and cities in the UK. The study, which recently won a £1.8m contract from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, hopes to provide relevant decision-makers with the tools and knowledge to make smarter choices in the design and the placement of new tall buildings.
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