COVID-19 has changed the world as we know it. The construction industry wasn’t even spared from this deadly scourge. The year 2020 will end up being one of the worse periods in history for building homes and structures. Let’s take a closer look at how the construction industry has changed in 2020 and what we can expect going into 2021.
The Health and Safety of Employees
In 2020 the pandemic forced the construction industry to focus on employee health and safety. Normally, construction workers had to wear PPE. Now, they really must adhere to this personal safety standard. Construction employers had to set up worksites to reduce the spread of COVID. Many of these changes will last well into 2021. Remember, it will be about another year (at the minimum) before the whole country has been vaccinated.
Material Acquisition for the Construction Industry will Transform
COVID force the construction industry to change the ways that they acquire materials. Quarantines, forced shut downs, and many businesses closings, have impacted how the construction industry accrues its materials. Many construction companies are now taking longer to complete projects because of material delays. This trend will continue into 2021. Also, construction companies will alter their supply chains to figure out the best ways to obtain materials.
Technology that will Alter the Construction Industry in 2021
Robotics, exoskeletons, and advanced computing technology will be used to help employees and construction personnel to perform better and in a different way. Construction companies will also do more to manufacture structures offsite and then bring them to a site to complete the job. There will be other improved technical changes that will alter this industry.
Finally, the construction industry is going to bounce back from the pandemic. However, it won’t operate the same. Right now, this industry is reorganizing and revolutionizing how it functions. New housing and commercial projects will slowly rebound, investing will improve again, and the construction industry will operate in a whole new way within the post pandemic world.