The Resiliency of the Construction Industry

The effect of 2020’s unprecedented events may not be as pleasing at first thought, but it propelled most businesses in many, if not all, industries to finally innovate for the unknown future. It paved the way for the assessment of current policies and operations to consider unexpected natural causes. Especially in the construction industry where labor resource is restricted temporarily and major problems with the supply chains experienced record low, the industry has no choice but to re-assess and cope with the hard truth. All these innovations and upgrades to happen as quickly as possible. Resiliency has been their only choice.

The industry’s enormous strength the pivot to where it is now has been evident in the recent Hoar Construction white paper. Where human contact is inevitable and a huge workforce is required, the construction industry adopted the use of technology in monitoring on-site personnel and construction activities to maintain its standards. Minimum health protocols were also seen to eat up a portion of their 10-hour workday. Despite fewer work hours, the company can be applauded to prioritize their people’s health and safety. With this, their people remain healthy and productive maintaining their normal productivity level.

In an article featured in The Construction Dive, Hoar Construction reports the effects of Covid19 to the construction industry highlighting the companies’ resiliency. They write: “In “The COVID Effect: How Our Industry Stays Resilient to Keep Building,” two of the sectors most impacted by the pandemic have been healthcare and higher education, Hoar wrote, while the extra safety measures required to operate — plus material delays — have resulted in longer project timelines.”

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