CMAA COVID-19 Response & Update

Industry Resources

CMAA Program Updates

First, our thoughts and well wishes go out to all of our friends, colleagues, and everyone we work with in the construction management industry. Since its inception in 1982, CMAA has been dedicated to assisting our members, and the entire construction management community, realize project, program, and professional success.  

We understand the unique concerns and challenges you are facing. In this time of great uncertainty, we want you to know that CMAA stands with you as you navigate the challenges of providing construction management services, while possibly working remotely or practicing social distancing. 

In these truly unprecedented times, CMAA stands ready to assist the entire construction management community. 

CMAA On-Demand Webinars

Managing Construction During and After COVID-19

Disaster Recovery and FEMA Assistance Overview for Public Owners

Moving Past Reacting to COVID-19, Planning for the New Norm

Strategic Approach to Project Restarts with Construction Readiness Assessment

Maintaining the New Normal: Worksite Solutions in the Time of COVID-19

Construction Disputes: Preparing to Resolve Claims and Resume Work after COVID-19

Construction Solutions in Troubled Times: A Lawyer’s Perspective

Complying with Employment Laws during COVID-19

Adapting Business Development to the COVID Climate

Industry Resources

November 19 - Construction's COVID-19 Record Might Be Worse Than You Think (Construction Dive) - Conventional wisdom suggests construction has done relatively well combating the spread of COVID-19 on U.S. jobsites. While there have been outbreaks at high-profile projects ... the industry as a whole hasn’t drawn attention for the debilitating scourges that have made news in healthcare, nursing homes and the meatpacking industry.

November 17 - Michigan, Oregon Ramp Up COVID-19 Safety Plans (Construction Dive) - Michigan was the second state to implement emergency rules in response to the pandemic, preceded by Virginia. Earlier this month, Oregon became the third state to provide emergency guidance when its OSHA updated its temporary rule addressing COVID-19 workplace risks.

November 12 - What Construction Workers Need to Know about COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) - As a construction worker, how can you protect myself and slow the spread? Potential sources of exposure include having close contact with a coworker or member of the public who is ill with COVID-19 and touching your nose, mouth, or eyes after touching surfaces contaminated with the virus or handling items that others infected with COVID-19 have touched.

November 10 - How RCC Associates Is Managing Risks to Employees & Projects During COVID-19 (Construction Business Owner) - This year alone, the industry has seen major areas of risk skyrocket, not only on construction jobsites, but also in our everyday lives. With the undeniable need to keep working amid challenging and, at times, complicated COVID-19 regulations and protocols, managing the safety of employees has become a massive undertaking for leadership everywhere. And those leaders taking on the task can say a lot about the culture and priorities in a company.

November 6 - Construction During Coronavirus (CMAA MCX - written by Sudersan Vassen, CCM,  Volmar Construction, Inc.) - In a world grappling with the economic fallout from COVID-19, countries will be compelled to revisit their erstwhile infrastructure growth story. For starters, the effects of stringent lockdown measures enforced across the world are stealthily becoming evident.

October 21 - COVID-19 & Construction: The Ongoing Effects of the Pandemic on Business (Construction Business Owner) - Insights from Dodge Data & Analytics on the impact of coronavirus currently & what's expected in the future.

September 17 - What to Do When an Employee is Afraid to Return to the Jobsite Due to COVID-19 (Construction Dive) - Contractors across the country are dealing with labor issues related to the coronavirus pandemic. Some workers who are receiving unemployment benefits are staying away from work until their assistance runs out, but others are being kept away by a more basic reason: They are afraid of contracting COVID-19 or bringing it home to loved ones. What can construction managers do to help?

September 10 - How to Adjust Subcontractor & Site Visitor Policies in COVID-19 (Construction Business Owner) - As business owners across the country have discovered, adapting to a new normal in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic is no easy feat ... it’s up to you to help keep your employees safe and healthy while implementing potentially lifesaving recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.

September 8 - Contractors Prepare to Face COVID-19 Challenges for the Long Haul (Construction Dive) - Watching cashflow, refocusing on core skills and having backup plans for suppliers and materials are all in contractors' toolkits as they look to the rest of 2020 and beyond.

September 2 - Coronavirus Has Caused Significant Delays & Cancellations, Yet Demand For Skilled Labor Is High, New Survey Finds (Construction Business Owner) - Sixty percent of firms report future projects have been canceled or delayed, but 52% of firms struggle to find craft workers amid worker fears of COVID-19 and unemployment supplement.

September 2 - CDC: Beware of Counterfeit N95 Masks (Construction Dive) - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, says counterfeit respirators are being sold in the U.S. and that the models — many of them made in China — may not be capable of providing appropriate respiratory protection.

August 30 - Ransomware During COVID-19 (Government Technology) - What are current trends for ransomware attacks in 2020? How has COVID-19 impacted these cyberthreats? What are the warning signs to watch out for?

August 27 - The 10 Large Construction Markets Most Devastated by COVID-19 (Construction Dive) - New Dodge Data & Analytics research shows that U.S. commercial and multifamily construction starts plunged 22% during the first six months of 2020 compared to the same time frame in 2019. In terms of sectors, only warehouse construction posted a very small gain, while office, retail, hotels, commercial garages and multifamily housing all fell.

August 6 - What Employment Laws Could Look Like After COVID-19 (Construction Business Owner) - The reopening of America’s workplaces is creating a variety of challenges for employees and employers alike. In some cases, employers attempting to resume operations are hampered, and in some instances, they are unable to do so due to laid-off employees’ reluctance or refusal to return to work.

July 30 - COVID-19 Will Disrupt Construction for at Least Another Year (Construction Dive) - Construction Dive asked readers how much longer they expected COVID-19 to impact their companies, the steps they were taking to protect workers over the long haul, whether they would apply for more government assistance should it become available, and their biggest concerns as the crisis continues. A combined 75% of readers responded.

July 22 - OSHA's New COVID-19 Investigations (Construction Dive) - OSHA has been fairly aggressive about updating the construction industry about how employers should respond to actual and suspected cases of COVID-19 and how it will enforce suspected violations of health and other safety standards during the pandemic. However, a recent webinar ... shed some additional light on what contractors can expect from OSHA in the near-term regarding COVID-19.

July 9 - Which Face Coverings are Best for Preventing Jobsite Coronavirus Spread? (Construction Dive) - Researchers at Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science, using flow visualization testing in a laboratory equipped with laser light and a mannequin, recently published their findings as to which masks were the most effective.

June 25 - Cities Put Major Construction Projects on Hold as Coronavirus Budget Crunch Looms (Axios) - Survey of 1,100 municipalities by the National League of Cities says major infrastructure projects have been put on ice, economic development programs are getting the ax, and workers are losing their jobs.

June 15 - Non-PPP Financial Relief Options for Contractors (Construction Dive) - The construction industry had the greatest share of PPP loan recipients — 13.2% — for a total of almost $45 billion as of April 16. But there are other options contractors should consider if they don't want or cannot qualify for a PPP loan.

June 9 - California Construction Company Offers Free App to Control COVID-19 (Construction Dive) - This free health screening tool and attendance log app can help construction companies meet critical mandates set by many county health agencies.

June 8 - New York City Reopens Nonessential Construction Work (Construction Dive) - Starting today, workers will begin returning to New York City's construction sites after a months-long coronavirus moratorium.

June 1 - OSHA Issues New Guidance to Protect Workers During COVID-19 (Construction Business Owner) - As the nation faces the coronavirus pandemic, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is dedicated to keeping the American workforce safe and healthy.

May 27 - Coronavirus has affected construction the most in these 10 states (Construction Dive) - While the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics' data ​shows deep construction job losses across the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, states including Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Vermont experienced all-time lows.

May 20 - Guide to PPP Loan Forgiveness (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) - This guide is designed to help borrowers understand the process by which their loan forgiveness amount will be calculated and the overall approach of the loan forgiveness process.

May 19 - What Construction Workers Need to Know about COVID-19 (CDC) - Actions you can take as a construction worker to protect yourself and slow the spread.

May 18 - Gov. Baker Unveils Road Map for Reopening Massachusetts (NBC10 Boston) - Manufacturing and construction business can reopen Monday, while some offices and service businesses can follow on Memorial Day.

May 14 - N.J. to Allow Construction as Coronavirus Outbreak Slows (NJ.com) - New Jersey will allow nonessential retail businesses to reopen for curbside pickup and nonessential construction to resume, starting Monday morning, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to show signs of slowing.

May 13 - With North Bay Coronavirus Restrictions Relaxing on Construction, Some Work Resumes (the North Bay Business Journal) - Construction restrictions for nonessential projects during the coronavirus pandemic came off in Sonoma, Marin, and Napa counties May 4, in California, giving the tri-county region a glimpse of modified business as usual.

May 12 - New York to Begin Limited Reopening in Upstate Region (The New York Times) - Parts of New York that have met seven health and testing criteria will be allowed to restart construction, manufacturing, and curbside retail.

May 11 - Scott Reopens Manufacturing, Construction Industries After Dip In New COVID-19 Cases (VPR) - The manufacturing and construction businesses that employ more than 50,000 people in Vermont were allowed to “restart full operations” on May 11; will have to adhere to “stringent requirements” to protect workers.

May 11 - Boston & Bay Area Reopen Construction—With Limitations (Construction Business Owner) - This week, one of these two metropolitan areas announced plans to reopen construction and one returned to work after weeks of being shut down. Some construction firms will go back to work with specific protocols in place.

May 5 - Free Downloadable Safety Meetings, Inspections & JHA Templates for COVID-19 (Heavy Construction Systems Specialists) - HCSS is making all of its COVID-19 resources, including state-specific resources, available to the industry as a whole.

April 30 - Construction Resumes on Projects in 2 States (Construction Business Owner) - Read the details of the openings planned for Pennsylvania and Washington.

April 29 - How Contractors are Using Tech to Continue Essential Work (Construction Dive) - From remote meetings to virtual inspections to integrating social distancing safety devices, contractors are finding technology-based solutions to continue work as most states have deemed at least some construction essential and as some re-allow all construction work.

April 26 - How to Stay Safe as a Contractor During COVID-19 Pandemic (Contractor Advisorly) - A brief reminder of some ways that contractors and other essential workers can stay safe in this pandemic.

April 16 - State-by-State Coronavirus Construction Status Updates (ENR) - Region-by-region coverage of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the construction industry.

April 10 - OSHA Issues Guidance for Recording COVID-19 Cases (U.S. Dept. of Labor) - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued interim guidance for enforcing OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements as it relates to recording cases of COVID-19.

April 7 - How COVID-19 Is Affecting Construction Bidding & Jobsite Activity (ConstructConnect) - Reports show a healthy number of new bidding opportunities (public and private) coming in, both in the U.S. and Canada. Jobsite activity, timeline of jobsite delays and disruptions, and states with "stay at home" orders and what construction is essential are all discussed here.

April 3 - Construction Job Totals Start to Fall, with 29,000 Drop in March (Engineering News Record) - The construction industry lost 29,000 jobs in March and its unemployment rate climbed, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says, in a report that charts the early economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

April 2 - Is Construction Essential in Your State (constructconnect) - Around the U.S., we’re seeing more states, counties, and cities choose to close nonessential businesses or issue some sort of “stay at home” or “shelter in place” orders.

April 1 - DOL Issues Additional Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Construction Executive) - The U.S. Department of Labor continues to issue compliance assistance materials on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which went into effect on April 1.

April 1 - Coronavirus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide & Checklist (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) - The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the initiative provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses.

April 1 - Florida Governor Looks to Accelerate Transportation Projects (Click Orlando)

March 31 - SF Bay Area Halts Most Construction; LA Issues Stronger Site Safety Rules (Engineering News Record) - Six Bay Area counties in California—Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara, along with the city of Berkeley—announced March 31 that most construction will be halted due to a tightened, joint shelter-in-place order effective at 11:59 p.m. The mayor of Los Angeles also announced new site safety guidelines and encouraged public reporting of construction non-compliance to the city’s safer-at-home order.

March 30 - NYC Announces Fines of up to $10K if Work Continues on Non-Essential Projects (Engineering News Record)- Project teams in New York City may be fined up to $10,000 if found working on non-essential or non-emergency construction—or if workers on projects that are allowed to continue don't practice social distancing to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus, say new city Dept. of Buildings protocols.

March 28 - New Department Of Homeland Security Guidance Clarifies Construction’s Role In Supporting Essential Critical Infrastructure (Associated General Contractors) - Construction Officials Say New Federal Guidance Should Signal to State and Local Officials the Need to Allow Construction Activity to Continue, or Resume, During Coronavirus-Related Work Stoppages.

March 28 - Guidance for Employers to Plan & Respond to Coronavirus (U.S. Chamber of Commerce) - The following guidance may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including the coronavirus, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there are more widespread, community outbreaks of the coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

March 26 - Construction Attorneys Answer Coronavirus Legal Questions (Construction Dive) - The COVID-19 pandemic has generated a host of legal issues for U.S. construction professionals. Here, construction attorneys from Minneapolis-based international law firm Dorsey & Whitney answer top questions.

CMAA Program Updates

  • Effective March 20, CMCI's testing vendor has closed some in-person testing centers. CMCI has launched Live Remote Proctoring as an option for candidates to be able to safely take the CCM exam.

  • All Professional Construction Management (PCM) Courses and Train the Trainer are now conducted through virtual or online schedules. View all course options here.
  • Any information (especially certification applications and supporting information) mailed to the CMAA address may encounter processing delays of up to five additional days. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.