The latest construction news from around the globe…
Catch up on what’s going on in construction this week. From an update on Sidewalk Labs’ smart city to AECOM’s record-high Q2 of 2020, we’ve got you covered on all the industry news from around the world.
New Social Distancing and Monitoring ConTech to Roll Out Across Jobsites Everywhere
Contractors across the United States have been asked to follow new CDC guidelines to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19 and as a result, a number of technological innovations have begun to hit jobsites rapidly. Between wearables that track social distancing to innovative video conferencing applications, it’s become clear that the industry is quickly moving into the future.
Google Backs Out of Toronto Smart City Amidst Coronavirus Concerns
Sidewalk Labs, sister company to Google, announced this week that they are no longer proceeding with their plans to build a Toronto city “from the internet up”. In a blog post, Sidewalk Labs chief executive Dan Doctoroff cited concerns regarding “unprecedented economic uncertainty”.
Australian Prime Minister Calls Out Construction as a Key Player in Economic Recovery Plan
During a webinar hosted by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said in a statement that construction will be essential to getting the economy back on track and unemployment stabilized. Check out a full breakdown of the webinar here.
Self-Awareness as a Business Strategy
If you’ve found yourself asking questions like, “why can’t I find any good help?” and “why am I the only one smart enough to make decisions?” this could be the advice you’ve been needing to hear. It might be time to take a good look in the mirror and reevaluate yourself and your business tactics.
Bay Area Construction Set to Resume… But Under Some New Protocols
Construction Dive recently sat down with AGC of California CEO Peter Tateishi to talk about the opening of jobsites in six bay area counties. Along with the openings comes a new set of safety guidelines that contractors are required to follow closely. Learn more here.
UK Build Contractors Declare 73% of Their Jobsites Open
Trade association Build UK found in a recent survey that over 80% of josbites in the UK are now up and running, with members stating that 55% of their housing sites are open compared to 46% from the previous week. While London sites are still lagging, these numbers bode positively in the broader sense.
Baltimore Penn Station to Undergo Major Redevelopment
Despite the economic impact that COVID-19 has taken on the transportation industry and the country at large, Amtrak has decided to go ahead with a $90 million redevelopment. Get the full story here.
AECOM Reports Substantial Q2
Los Angeles-based contractor AECOM reported an all time high second quarter with a whopping $42 billion backlog. Even with growing concerns about COVID-19, AECOM was able to achieve $3.2 billion in revenue, up 5% from this time last year.
More Construction Lessons From Michael Jordan’s Series
If you have an extra moment, check out Construction Junkie’s second edition of their construction lessons from Michael Jordan series. In this week’s feature, Construction Junkie’s founder dives into the third and fourth episodes.