The amount of disruptions COVID-19 has had on our lives are innumerable. From health to economic, travel to education, and more, the scope is vast and the scale is global.
Within the construction industry, we are also facing numerous short-term and long-term effects. Aside from ensuring the ongoing health and safety of our employees, subcontractors, clients and community, we are also continuing to carry on with our projects as best we can.
Much of what will come in commercial construction remains unknown, but as we wait and see, a few things will likely come to pass, such as experiencing:
- A labor shortage as workers become ill or require self-quarantine.
- A material delay due to factory closures around the world.
- A shift in supply and demand, which may also impact the cost of materials.
- A slow-down of current and future projects, including projects of existing health and medical facilities.
What COVID-19 Means for Medical and Health Facility Projects
Life is in lockdown, and maintaining social isolation is paramount for our most vulnerable population, which includes those in assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities.
And while the need for these facilities are essential and in demand, work on existing health facilities that require close contact must slow down and in some cases stop altogether in order to best protect the residents.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), the governing body that regulates compliance of medical facility buildouts, is also working at capacity during this pandemic. Given the stringent requirements for AHCA construction projects, we must be prepared for potential delays. Conversely, we must also be prepared to act and quickly fill the gap in where there is a shortage of health and medical facilities.
At Seacoast Construction, we are here to assist in whatever capacity we can to ensure those in our community who require additional health and medical services have the facilities they need to stay healthy. To learn more about how we can help, please get in touch anytime.
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