The latest construction news from around the globe…
Catch up on what’s going on in construction this week. From Procore UKI’s latest consumer report to the stadium project slowdowns we’re keeping our eyes on, we’ve got you covered on all the industry news from around the world.
6 Strategies for Hiring During COVID-19
Although construction has seen some slowdowns and delays as a result of the coronavirus, the sector is slowly starting to recover and ramp-up. As a result, keeping a job well-staffed is more crucial than ever. Here are six tips for smart hiring regardless of current market conditions.
New Procore UKI Survey Shows Increased Role of Technology During the Pandemic
According to new research from construction software provider Procore Technologies, a significant majority of contractors based in the UK believe the ability to work remotely will be crucial for post-coronavirus operations. This finding demonstrates the increased necessity for business-efficient technologies on the jobsite as more companies are looking for ways to automate and streamline their business practices.
New HQ in China Plans to Have Mesmerizing Gardens on Each Floor
Spearheaded by architecture firm NBBJ, the new corporate headquarters for a Chinese tech supplier will incorporate some of the most contemporary and sustainable design methods to date. Featuring a garden on each floor that gradually ascends down the building, the project is expected to reach completion in 2025 and will achieve both WELL and LEED Gold certifications.
NAHB Chairman Resigns
It was announced last week that the current chairman of the NHAB, Dean Mon, would be unable to complete the remainder of his term due to personal reasons. Mon was instrumental in positioning the construction industry as an essential business amidst COVID-19. Mon will be succeeded by NAHB First Vice Chairman Chuck Fowke, a custom home builder from Tampa, Florida.
Stadium Slowdowns Impacted by COVID-19
While the future of a number of sports leagues remains uncertain, construction of stadiums continues to press on. However, there a few stadium projects that have hit a wall due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the jobsite, take a look at the running list here.
Commercial Construction Index on the Decline But Demonstrates Higher Contractor Confidence
The USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index put out its quarterly report earlier this week showing an overall decline from 74 in Q1 to 56 in Q2. Findings weren’t all negative though, the report also found that one in three contractors plan to hire more workers in the next six months. Get the full breakdown here.
Boston Construction Sector Fully Back to Work
Boston has officially completed the final phase of reopening construction, according to ENR. Although the City on a Hill initially limited projects to only essential jobs such as hospital and home building, construction activity is back to normal with more than 3,000 different projects getting the green light to proceed this week.
What is Your Opinion on Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks?
At the beginning of June, President Trump issued an executive order calling for federal agencies to waive environmental regulations to expedite infrastructure projects. Construction Dive wants to hear your opinion on whether or not these rollbacks will help the construction industry.
Struggling to Find Face Masks for the Jobsite
Per a recent report from Australian industry bodies, 63% of construction businesses are having “sustained difficulty” obtaining face masks for use on their jobsites. This scarcity in masks could lead to major health risks if not addressed soon. Read more here.
Handshake No More
If you have extra moment, check out this story from Sourceable on the death of the handshake. Although it was once a staple for business deals and meetings, COVID-19 has changed all of that.