5 Tips For Managing Construction Projects During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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There’s no denying the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world today. It has affected numerous businesses and industries, including the construction sector. 

The construction industry is experiencing challenges that have forced it to change many ways to finish projects efficiently and safely. Construction is still an essential business even if there are strict social distancing guidelines and limited staffing size to observe. Aside from the restrictions, the players in the industry are also dealing with concerns about the validity of the current construction insurance policies.

Despite these obstacles, the construction industry is still booming. As long as the restrictions are followed and some safety measures are in place, firms can still start and finish construction projects on schedule. Having said that, here are some tips on efficiently managing construction projects during this COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Learn To Communicate

Effective communication is critical to the success of a construction project, especially with the strict social distancing measures established by authorities. Now more than ever, communication plays a key role in the success of a construction project. As such, it’s crucial that you always keep an open line between your project management team, suppliers, contractors, and clients. 

Develop a plan detailing the methods of communication used for different scenarios and a chain of command for what type of information should be shared and with whom to share it. 

The flow of communication from top to bottom can significantly impact the progress of a construction project. Problems and delays can easily occur once communication becomes awry or people stop communicating. But if everyone is talking to one another effectively and efficiently, it can foster better collaboration between all parties, causing the project to run smoother. 

  • Always Have A Backup Plan

Having a backup plan can do wonders, especially if there are personnel who suddenly got infected by the virus or because of possible quarantine. You surely don’t want the project to stall just because an important staff member got sick and you don’t have a plan B. 

It’s important to have a protocol for replacing personnel or contractors in case they are exposed to the coronavirus. Always communicate with your suppliers, procurement agencies, and other parties involved so that delivery of supplies, especially fabric structures for construction projects, will not be delayed. And, even if there are delays, work with the whole team to create a backup plan addressing these issues.

  • Be Adaptable

Having the ability to adapt quickly is a must in today’s construction sector. It can be quite challenging to establish protocols addressing the COVID-19 concerns, as well as the many standard procedures you have to set in place to ensure the safety of everyone on the worksite. 

Although creating and establishing new protocols can take time, it’s an invaluable investment as it gives peace of mind to everyone involved. Remember, these protocols are temporary, and adapting quickly provides the best way to ensure construction projects can move forward without hiccups.  

  • Always Keep Everyone Informed

Although there have been pandemics, COVID-19 has put everyone in unfamiliar territory. Even experts are still yet to develop a cure for the virus.

If you think about it, information plays a critical role during this pandemic. So, as a project manager, it’ll be your job to give everyone updates and important information about the virus, safety protocols, and the progress of the construction project itself.

As the virus continues to affect everyone worldwide, you must always talk to the stakeholders, suppliers, clients, and workers regularly. 

  • Teamwork Is Key

In addition to implementing protocols, social distancing practices, and other risk mitigation measures, working together has never been more important during this global pandemic. With the shutdowns being ordered by governments, problems with material availability, labor supply, project costs, and delays are sure to arise. 

But having a plan and being proactive in addressing these issues as early as possible and with teamwork can help limit the impact of the virus on the progress of your construction project. 

Final Thoughts

So, while you are still allowed to continue with your construction project, do your best to provide a safe working environment for your staff, limiting the threat of the pandemic as much as possible. Aside from the tips above, don’t hesitate to follow the guidelines issued by the authorities to ensure the safety of everyone working on your project. If everyone works together, you should be able to manage the impact of COVID-19 and hopefully finish the project without major problems or delays.