Construction Industry News: March 14, 2021

$1.9T COVID-19 relief package includes billions for capital projects

In a 220-211 vote, the House of Representatives passed the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, officially known as the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, and presented the legislation to President Joe Biden on Wednesday.

The package contains plenty of provisions that will benefit the country in general, such as $1,400 stimulus checks to qualifying individuals, but there are also some that should help out the construction economy.


How the PRO Act would change the construction industry

On Thursday, Democratic lawmakers reintroduced the PRO Act, the sweeping labor rights bill that was passed by the House of Representatives last year. Construction groups representing workers, unions and employers alike say they are watching intently to see how the bill, or parts of it, would affect the industry if it becomes law.


5 charts that summarize a year of COVID-19 in construction

This week marks the one-year anniversary of when the coronavirus pandemic became real for construction in the United States.

On March 17, 2020, Mayor Marty Walsh halted most construction in Boston, making it the first major U.S. city to issue a stop work order of that magnitude.


The state of the industry: Women in construction

March is women’s history month, which shines a spotlight on an important topic – the community of women and Women in Construction (WIC) Week. The focus of this week-long event is to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women and emphasize their growing role within the industry.


ENR’s Best of the Best Projects 2020

These 20 awards come as the result of a nearly yearlong effort by ENR editors and about 100 members of the construction industry who judged project submissions at various stages of the contest. The projects represent the pinnacle of design and construction achievement in their respective categories from across the U.S. among those completed between May 2019 and May 2020.


$1B Gas Pipeline State Land Seizure Battle Gets High Court Review

A decision before the U.S. Supreme Court could have wide implications for construction of U.S. pipelines and other projects involving federal eminent domain power vs. state authority—even though the issue is an arcane legal one that does not specifically involve the natural gas project being decided.