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Corona Virus Outbreak Update

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Corona Virus Outbreak Update
We at W7 Construction would like to let everyone know we are on top of the situation daily to ensure that the health and safety are at our highest standards for both our clients and our staff.   We have taken every precaution by providing education and safety training to our staff, including what to watch for for symptoms and the protocols to follow regarding the virus.   We are requiring all staff members to follow a strict policy regarding keeping themselves and the work environment clean at all times.   We are also mandating a strict code of prevention by requiring temperatures to be taken daily before arriving to work, as well as required testing if any symptoms are seen before being allowed to return to work.   If any staff should travel by plane or out of the country, testing will be required as well before returning to W7 Construction.
 
Please know we are still up and running full time and will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
 
Please refer to this article posted today that helps explain some issues that we may encounter that could cause delays in your project.   We are truly doing everything in our power to keep those delays from happening.  Thank you for your business and we appreciate you.   
 
Stalled Logistics Operations are Causing a Shortage of Some Building Supplies
The disruption in logistics operations is affecting the global supply chain, and the US construction industry is starting to see a shortage of some building materials because of it. 

About 30% of all building materials imported to the US come from China. Imports range from steel, stone, and millwork to plumbing parts, electrical supplies and flooring. 

And many construction pros, from general contractors to modular home builders, now have supplies that are stuck in quarantine at ports across the country. And developers who rely heavily on imports from China are having to think about new ways to source materials. 

“Supplies are short, prices are up, and we’re against people exploiting this public health emergency,” tweeted Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram.

Shortage of Supplies Expected to Cause Higher Construction Costs
Even before the threat of the Coronavirus, Jones Lang LaSalle’s US Construction Outlook report for 2020 projected that construction cost inflation would land between 1% and 3%.

But just like the shortage of respirators is causing an unexpected price increase for face masks, other construction supply shortages could drive costs up more than expected.

Copper, aluminum, and casework are already seeing price increases because of interruptions in the supply chain, according to a recent interview from Daniel Pomfret, the vice president of forecasting and analytics at Cummings.

But just how much more construction costs will increase will depend on how long the health crisis lasts. 

Mitigation of the Coronavirus Could Cause Temporary Delays for Construction Projects
A statement on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website says this:

“It’s likely that at some point, widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur…

Widespread transmission of COVID-19 would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time. Schools, childcare centers and workplaces may experience more absenteeism.” 
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