The Delta variant is putting the hurt on the construction industry, a historic Tacoma totem pole comes down, and more today:
Good morning and welcome back to yet another roundup of news to know as summer officially winds down and we head into another pandemic fall. If you’re in the United States., this long weekend is the perfect time to wind down; unless you were one of the millions affected by Hurricane Ida over the last few days.
Here’s what’s going on today:
The New York Times digitally recreates Champlain Towers South to expose its construction flaws
The site of the deadly tower collapse in Surfside, Florida, has officially hit the market, but questions remain over what caused the Champlain Towers South condo building to fall. Now, the New York Times has put together a forensic recreation of the tower that flies through the 3D modeled structure to pinpoint probable failure points and areas of deferred maintenance. Factors like planters not originally specified for the deck above the parking garage (leading to water infiltration and tens of thousands of pounds of added weight on the structural columns) and flaws in the original design have all been meticulously called out.
H/t to the New York Times
The Delta variant continues to hold back the construction industry
Despite a resurgent boom in design and construction demand, COVID’s Delta variant has been dragging down the construction industry. As the more infectious variant of COVID-19 continues to cause a worldwide surge in cases, the virus is (familiarly) causing material and labor shortages, price hikes, transportation costs to skyrocket, and rampant inflation. That last point is particularly salient, as a new study from Associated Builders and Contractors found that while non-residential construction spending remained essentially flat in July, factoring in inflation meant that the volume of work decreased month-over-month.
H/t to Construction Dive