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Beck_David_17258_2016_009_PR-scaled-e1635962662952-300x300At longtime client Clark Construction, Dave Beck took charge of risk management just weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic struck.

David Beck made a big career move last year—just how big, he soon learned. In January 2020, Beck became division president for risk management at Clark Construction Group, a major national builder based in Bethesda, Md., with more than 4,000 employees across the U.S. In business since 1906, Clark has grown from a small, local excavator into one of the country’s best-known providers of construction services.

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Commercial real-estate sales surge in the third quarter, blockchain-integrated real estate is poised to span into new sectors, a major home builder is teaming with a Texas startup to create a community of 100 3-D printed homes, and more.

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Real estate tokenization and smart home technology continue to grow, negotiations surrounding the bipartisan infrastructure bill stall its passing, artificial intelligence is poised to transform the construction industry, and more.

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A first for commercial real estate occurs, proptech sees a significant increase in venture capital funding, the Victorian government shuts down all construction sites after protests turn violent, and more. Continue Reading ›

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Smart-construction-vr-166065766-300x189“Smart Construction” is a loose term but generally refers to the development and use of processes and applications that improve construction planning and the management of projects (thereby potentially streamlining costs of construction).

The increased deployment of collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx) and other cloud-based technology solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic will invariably result in more efficient project management in construction going forward. These type of efficiencies are sorely needed, especially as the industry is trying to recover from supply chain issues, lockdown challenges and social distancing requirements resulting from the pandemic.

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The new infrastructure bill proposes regulations for the cryptocurrency industry, the demand for logistics rental space increases, the Supreme Court ends the eviction moratorium, and more.

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Diversity and inclusion efforts increase in the infrastructure industry, a recent United Nations report on climate change highlights its potential effects on real estate, construction projects fall behind schedule due to labor shortages, and more.

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Proptech and office return delays continue to grow, the new infrastructure bill could track your travel data, investor activity shows an expectation that business properties will rebound after COVID-19 shutdowns, and more.

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Pillsbury continues to track the impact on construction projects of COVID-19-related orders and guidance in all 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as guidance from CISA and OSHA. We are updating our chart weekly. Click here for the latest COVID-19 Construction Chart.

July 27 update Now updated bi-weekly.

July 14 update More updates.

July 7 update This week’s chart includes updates to state orders. Although a few states have reversed course or paused their reopening plans in the face of a resurgence of the virus, so far none of those states’ orders have impacted construction.

June 29 update More updates.

June 22 update More updates on various reopening orders and guidance.

June 16 update – The chart is updated to include various reopening orders and guidance.

June 9 update In addition to tracking orders and guidance in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, this week’s update also includes the OSHA’s new COVID-19-related guidance for Construction Work.

May 27 update As we pivot toward less shelter in place orders and more reopening orders, more and more states are also issuing guidance for implementing safety measures on construction projects. Pillsbury modified its chart to include a column describing any state-issued guidance and some guidance from large cities. As described in our client alert Safety Measures for Construction Projects During the COVID-19 Pandemic, construction sites will be very different under the “new normal.”

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Newly published DoD Guidance for Contracting Officer Assessment of Other COVID-19 Related Impacts and Costs provides answers on how contractors can seek reimbursement for cost and delay impacts associated with their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, colleague Kevin J. Slattum discusses in DoD Memorandum Discusses Contractor Reimbursement for COVID-19 Expenses.

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