What a year it’s been, and what a year it will be.
The combination of COVID-19 and incredible political confusion has made for a challenging and at times frustrating year for contractors, suppliers, and design professionals. Yet the industry has persevered and – allowing for some painful adjustments and work stoppages – has done surprisingly well despite all of the political, health and economic tensions surrounding us.
There are reasons for optimism. Successful introduction of vaccines — at “warp speed” — should, as 2021 progresses, ease the public health crisis, and there is now near-universal recognition that government spending on infrastructure is a good thing. Allowing for plenty of political angst – in that one side may be unwilling to give any sort of credit to the other, even for a good idea – there may be enough common interest to push through infrastructure funding legislation as 2021 progresses.
Notably, our industry adapted effectively this year to stringent public health requirements in part because construction demands higher-than-normal attention to safety. Site cleanliness and sanitation conditions will likely continue to be maintained, even after social distancing are relaxed and those N-95 masks will be used properly on job sites without depriving medical medial requirements.
I’m writing this note on Thanksgiving, where family gatherings and holiday parties will likely be reduced and much subdued. But we can look forward to a New Year with much promise, hope and opportunity.
Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year!
Mark Buckshon is the publisher and interim editor of Florida Construction News. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (888) 627-8717 ext 224.