6 ways the coronavirus outbreak will affect construction

Construction Dive | March 13, 2020

Three words stand out to construction attorney Steve Lesser when thinking about how U.S. contractors should react to the negative effects of the global coronavirus pandemic: Wait and see. Lesser, the chair of Becker’s construction law practice, said he thinks the best thing for contractors to do is nothing at all, as the fallout from the effects of COVID-19 on the U.S. is far from complete and no one can predict its full impact. The smart money rests on the principle that full speed ahead with a planned construction project does not make business sense, he said. Take a breath, slow down and know that every day may bring more information, and the more information we have the better we can predict what to do. A sense of panic in affected areas is nearly as debilitating as the health effects themselves, said Lesser, a past chairman of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law. Until people feel more secure it’s going to be a roller coaster of a ride, he said.

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Siemens Smart Infrastructure | September 03, 2021

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