Moderator: Shannon Gustine, Director of Operations, Hensel Phelps Panelists: Brian Antonsen, VP Mechanical Construction, McKinstry Brad Hinthorne, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Managing Principal, Perkins + Will Bart Rickets, CEO, Lease Crutcher Lewis Steve Tatge, LEEP AP, Executive Director, Project Delivery Group University of Washington

 “What started out as a healthcare issue is now an everything issue”  Brad Hinthorne, Perkins + Will

“We can’t plexiglass and HVAC our way out of this” Steve Tatge, University of Washington

Here we are, three months into the new normal and counting. Firms throughout the Pacific Northwest are working tirelessly to keep employees safe, meet their contractual obligations, and remain financially stable amidst great uncertainty and a changing landscape. Moderator, Shannon Gustine, and our four panelists take a look at how Covid is impacting their organizations and the overall industry.  Here’s what they had to say.

What Are the Biggest Challenges You’ve Faced Over the Last Few Months?

Across the board firms are trying to figure out how to remain economically stable amidst waves of uncertainty. Revenue pipelines are being disrupted as business models collapse under the strain, and projects are started, stopped, accelerated, or paused. National firms are balancing competing priorities as offices face different difficulties at different times, and for different periods of time. Working with dozens of general contractors across the state and around the country, trade partners are managing multiple approaches to safe work policies. Vertical transportation continues to be a challenge, and everyone is keeping an eye on state requirements as construction projects move forward.

Preparing for Future Phases

In addition to asking employees to wear a face mask, maintain social distancing, frequently wash their hands and use hand sanitizer, companies are using mobile apps, and QR scanners to record answers to health-related questions for daily monitoring and track and trace purposes. Others are limiting or staggering the number of employees in the office or at a job site at any given time.