On Friday, April 3, 2020, AIA Virginia, ACEC Virginia, and AGC Virginia collaborated to host an online panel discussion on construction administration.
Moderated by: Ed Gillikin, AIA | KOP Architects
Listen to the webinar below and read key takeaways below.
- Communication, relationships, and trust are critical during this period.
- Firms have been relying heavily on technology to manage site visits, inspections, team meetings, and client communication.
- Panelists and attendees reported some success with Skype and FaceTime for QC, in-wall, and above-ceiling inspections.
- It was suggested that it be noted in pay apps that inspections were handled by photos or video calls.
- In areas where it is still permitted, construction in generally proceeding with only minor delays in schedule. This may change moving forward.
- In general, state and local public bodies have adapted quickly and are being very supportive regarding permitting, certificates of occupancy, and inspections.
- Protective measures for staff can vary depending on the site. Hand washing, disinfectants, and social distancing remain critical.
- There has been some focus on providing hand-washing stations on job sites.
- Panelists and attendees reported that RFIs are proceeding without much change.
- Some firms are conducting work or inspections in shifts.
- Some firms are conducting punch list visits after hours.
- Some firms are clearing areas of personnel during inspections to reduce exposure.
- Some firms are using the Build Up app for punch lists.
- Some healthcare work has accelerated.
- It is anticipated that state and local government work will slow due to budget shortfalls.