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CISCA members with their industry partners will identify, communicate and nurture industry specific trends, diversity and growth for the interior specialty, acoustical products and wall construction industry.

It has been a month like no other, and we would like to find out how everyone is doing given the current circumstances. Please take a moment to complete a very brief questionnaire regarding your professional and personal status given the COVID-19 crisis. We will share the results shortly after the survey closes on Wednesday, April 22.
Since CISCA couldn’t announce the award winners in Vegas this year, it brought the winners to you via email, on our website and our social media accounts (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram) We’d also like to thank all the volunteers who put together the videos for our winners. Congrats to all!
With the COVID-19 pandemic worsening by the week, an ever-increasing share of contractors are reporting cancellations of upcoming projects and shortages of equipment or materials, forcing nearly 40 percent of firms to lay off employees, according to an online survey released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials added that 74 percent of firms are seeking new Paycheck Protection Program loans and urged Congress to quickly add more funding for the over-subscribed program, among other recovery measures needed.
As news of the coronavirus impact continues to unfold, this page will serve as a way to track projects or cities that have halted construction due to the pandemic.
Unika Vaev
On April 3, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released temporary enforcement guidance to employers currently faced with a shortage of N95 respirator masks because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance provides discretion when enforcing OSHA's Respiratory Protection standard and applies to all industries.
The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a major impact on organizations and operations across all industries—construction is certainly no exception. As construction executives grapple with the unprecedented impact COVID-19 will ultimately have on their businesses, a great deal of uncertainty remains. Many question marks still exist around the ultimate scope of the pandemic and what recovery will look like in the construction sector and the economy at large.
Once it was obvious that the coronavirus outbreak had become a major threat in the United States, local and state governments began shutting down businesses they deemed nonessential. But even then, most construction work was considered essential in many areas of the country.
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OWA USA Corporation
OWA USA believes that health is our greatest asset – we are more aware of this today than ever. Care and treatment of sick people require top performance every day. Especially in the healthcare sector, hygiene measurements preventing the spread of pathogens are critically important. As a result, OWA delivers ceilings suitable for the demanding conditions of everyday medical life.
The latest “Safety Management in the Construction Industry” SmartMarket Report by Dodge Data & Analytics reinforces many of the messages of the previous studies on this topic, including the benefits that contractors experience from their safety programs and their reliance on in-house expertise for delivering safety training.
The Environmental Protection Agency has further updated a list of registered disinfectants that can help prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cleaning products on its sortable, searchable database to more than 350.
Total construction starts declined 5% from February to March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $746.9 billion. Volatility caused by the presence or absence of large projects in healthcare and the utility/gas plant category, however, skewed the analysis. In March, nonresidential building starts fell 9% from February (seasonally adjusted), while residential building dropped 11%. Nonbuilding construction starts, however, rose 14% during the month.
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Attracting and retaining its high-tech talent, Plexxis recently opened a new head office in Brampton, Ontario. Completed in Oct. 2018, the 25,000-square-foot facility features a contemporary, open design. Amenities for its 75 employees include an outdoor patio with a grill, an indoor exercise area with a basketball court, and an employee lounge with a kitchenette, movie theater and game room.
In connection with the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been much discussion regarding President Trump’s invocation (or refusal to invoke) the provisions of the Defense Production Act of 1950 (“DPA”) to procure critical supplies such as ventilators and personal protective equipment.
In case you missed our "HI WE'RE OWA, IT'S NICE TO MEET YOU" webinar, we thought we'd give you the opportunity to watch the recorded video. Unsure of the breadth of offerings OWA provides? This short 30 minute video, provides a nice overview...also, there are some great questions at the end so stay tuned. Additionally, with our newly AIA approved course, “The Essentials of Acoustical Design,” those in need can earn one (1) CEU/HSW from the comfort of your own home. Please contact me if you’re an Architectural Firm interested in “Social Distance and Learning” with OWA.
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