Daily Construction Industry Coronavirus Updates

Daily Construction Industry Coronavirus Updates

Construction in Lethbridge, Canada – 04-07-2020 – 11:00: City to go ahead with CIP projects as scheduled

City council voted against suspending funding for two previously approved Capital Improvement Plan projects, meaning the projects will begin construction this summer as scheduled.

Construction in Solihull, UK – 04-07-2020 – 08:30: What Covid-19 means for long-awaited Kingshurst Parade plan

Solihull’s regeneration chiefs are “confident” that a long-awaited project to replace a run-down shopping precinct will not suffer further delays because of coronavirus. The council has said that it is still proposing to submit the outline planning application to redevelop the ageing Kingshurst Parade this summer.

Construction in Haridwar, India – 04-06-2020 – 14:00: MCH approves 70-acre land proposal for COVID-19 hospital

The Municipal Corporation of Haridwar (MCH) had approved 25 acres land for construction of the medical college recently approved by the Central Government. However, as this land was not adequate to build a hospital dedicated to treatment of COVID-19 patients, the MCH has approved a proposal to facilitate 70 acre land to incorporate this facility.

Construction in Hwange, Zimbabwe – 04-06-2020 – 00:15: Hwange Power Station expansion on schedule

Work on the US$1,4 billion Hwange Power Station expansion to add 600MW to the national grid is now almost 40 percent complete and on course for coming on stream in October next year as planned.

Construction in Monaro Region (NSW), Australia – 04-05-2020 – 15:00: Next stage of Snowy 2.0 gets green light

More than 150 new jobs will be created and $55 million injected into regional NSW, as the NSW Government gives the go-ahead for construction of the Snowy Hydro Segment Factory – the next crucial stage of the Snowy 2.0 expansion. “These opportunities couldn’t come at a better time with many in our community facing unexpected unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Construction in Nassau, The Bahamas – 04-01-2020 – 13:30: $300m Baha Mar water park to complete 2021

Baha Mar’s $300m water-based theme park remains in schedule to be completed next year despite the COVID-19 enforced construction suspension, its president revealed yesterday.

Construction in New York, USA – 03-31-2020 – 16:45: Army Corp of Engineers awards $50M to boost hospital capacity at Stony Brook

“The Army Corps of Engineers has awarded $50 million to treat more people at Stony Brook University Hospital. The move is a part of a joint federal-local effort to increase the number of hospital beds, reduce the strain of the outbreak on medical facilities. Construction is expected to be completed by April 18.”

Construction in Springfield (Massachusetts), USA – 03-31-2020 – 12:00: Major renovation of historic Indian Motocycle building in Springfield eyes summer completion

As the coronavirus creates havoc, the $32 million renovation of the Indian Motocycle Apartments at Mason Square marches on, slated for completion this summer after many years of anticipation.

Construction in Manchester, GB – 03-29-2020 – 12:30: Manchester Central Is Transforming Into A Hospital During The Coronavirus Pandemic

The facility will be able to hold approximately 1,000 patients if required and will serve the entire North West region during the pandemic. Confirming in a tweet following a press conference with NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens, BBC North West said it “will be staffed by armed forces personnel” and is due to open mid-April.

Construction in York, GB – 03-27-2020 – 06:30: Construction work continues at city centre project

“Construction work continues on a major project in York – as questions were raised over whether construction work should be halted on sites across the country in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Work is continuing on site at the Hudson Quarter development on Toft Green – a £35m project set to provide 127 luxury apartments, 35,000 sq ft of Grade-A office accommodation and commercial space.”

Construction in Buffalo (New York), USA – 03-26-2020 – 15:45: Tesla CEO Elon Musk vows to make ventilators at Buffalo plant that got $750M state subsidy

“New York invested $750 million to help build a solar-panel plant in Buffalo. Now the plant might prove helpful in the fight against coronavirus. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company’s solar factory hopes to begin to make ventilators as soon as possible at the sprawling Riverbend plant that has struggled for years to meet the state’s lofty expectations. “Giga New York will reopen for ventilator production as soon as humanly possible,” Musk tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “We will do anything in our power to help the citizens of New York.”

Construction in San Rafael (California), USA – 03-25-2020 – 16:45: Council has approved a plan to build 67 low-income apartments

The San Rafael City Council has approved a plan to build 67 low-income apartments, a senior center and two four-story office buildings on a 3-acre downtown lot.. The council’s vote to approve the project on Monday came during a council meeting that the public was banned from attending in person due to the statewide shelter-in-place order aimed at curbing the spread of the new coronavirus.

Construction in Manchester, GB – 03-24-2020 – 16:30: Manchester’s Citylabs receives green light for campus expansion

The £35m expansion of Manchester’s health innovation campus Citylabs has received green light following the approval of the recently submitted planning application. The new development will grow the existing Citylabs campus by 125,000ft². The expansion is a collaboration between Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) on behalf of Bruntwood SciTech.

Construction in Ibri, Oman – 03-24-2020 – 14:30: Financial Close Achieved For The Largest Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant In Oman

BMW is forging ahead with construction of its €1bn in Debrecen, 225 km east of Budapest, Népszava reported over the weekend.

Construction in Debrecen, Hungary – 03-24-2020 – 11:20: BMW to continue developing €1bn Debrecen plant

“We are pleased to achieve a successful closing of yet another financing in Oman which is a key country for ACWA Power’s operations in Middle East. Achievement of this milestone together with our partners – co-shareholders, contractors and the bank group consisting of international and local banks – notwithstanding the trying financial and macroeconomic challenges prevalent the world over resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak demonstrates our structuring capabilities, the resilience of our long-lasting partnerships and our commitment to OPWP.

Construction in Saskatoon (Saskatchewan), CA – 03-24-2020 – 12:30: Buckwold Bridge enters final stage of construction despite COVID-19

“Safety for our crews and for residents is our number one priority during this project. Strict worksite restrictions, social distancing, and other precautionary medical measures will be in place to protect both construction crews and residents and to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, …”

Construction in Sevenoaks, GB – 03-23-2020 – 17:00: Sevenoaks council says new Swanley leisure center to go ahead despite outbreak

“Although Tuesday’s meeting is no longer proceeding… the council remains committed to ensuring residents benefit from this significant investment in Swanley and its delivery remains a priority.” The major development has been split into three phases, starting with the construction of the new leisure center, still scheduled to begin this May, followed by the creation of a new build and car park by May 2022.

Construction in Athens (Georgia), USA – 03-23-2020 – 17:00: Construction on Georgia football facility project remains

Construction on a new football operations center as part of the Butts-Mehre expansion and renovation is ongoing. DPR Construction, the company that employs the workers, said activity at the site continued on Monday, March 23. The $80 million project will add an expanded weight room, coaches’ offices, a locker room, meeting rooms and a sports medicine facility. “Based on the guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we have taken extra measures to support prevention and to help keep our workers and trade partners safe…” says Chris Bontrager, DPR’s business unit leader in Atlanta.

Construction on S. Beltway (Nebraska), USA – 03-23-2020 – 15:45: South Beltway construction continues

Construction is still expected for the Lincoln South Beltway, even though financing may not go as originally planned.

Construction in Kenya, East Africa – 03-23-2020 – 15:00: US $78m Disease research center to be built in Kenya

The Cabinet revealed the plans and said that the center will position Kenya as a regional and continental hub in medical research and disease control and also give the country a head start in combating medical issues such as the coronavirus pandemic.

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