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Now onto the latest news and notes—
McCarthy Building Companies
just won a
in which they'll serve as CMc to build a new high-containment lab facility in Atlanta, GA for the CDC. Some notes on the record undertaking—
The project will take 36 months to complete and will replace a CDC facility built by McCarthy in 2005.
The new lab is classified BSL-4 (biosafety level 4), meaning it's designed to foster research on the highest-threat germs—ones which would very likely be illustrated as barrel-chested bullies in
A few weeks ago, we singled out McCarthy as "the Captain America of contractors" (we hear they've since added shields to their required PPE). McCarthy's
(construction manager and contractor) gives them the ability to wield Thor's hammer, so to speak, further bolstering the original analogy.
This exact type of high-stakes health project is McCarthy's bread and butter, as they are singlehandedly responsible for more than half of the gross square feet of BSL-4 labs in the US.
laid out some ways in which costs incurred for contractors due to COVID-19
, citing sections of either the CARES Act or FAR. A few of the methods—
Section 3610 of the CARES Act
- This allows agencies to reimburse contractors for employment costs when crew on a jobsite is directly affected by COVID-19. Note: reimbursement isn't a sure thing; the contractor can merely appeal to the agency and it's up to the agency's discretion to reimburse.
- Social distancing guideline-provoked costs (ranging from reduced staff to altered work arrangements to meet social distancing standards, i.e., temperature scans) can be reimbursed through appealing to the government to order financial tweaking to the initial contract.
Suspension of Work Clause (FAR)
- If the government shuts down a job entirely for "an unreasonable period of time," which we can all objectively agree is
days long, a contractor can file to recover lost costs.
blogged this week about predictive analytics and how they're the means to a
zero-incident jobsite end
. Science-fiction is dropping the "-fiction" as researchers from Carnegie Mellon University analyzed workplace safety data and could predict the sum of injuries on jobsites within 80-97% accuracy. Modern predictive innovations include—
by Caterpillar sends alerts when operators are fatigued.
Specialized dash-mounted devices detect when vehicles are making too-sudden of maneuvers.
to lay in a shallow pool and tell you all of this week's upcoming jobsite accidents.
The conference will take place on September 22-24, 2020 at the Tampa Bay Convention Center.
We're waiting to confirm whether the conference will be providing conference-goers with Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady's
: Slack's ominous threat of the death of internal email has escalated to external email now finding itself in Slack's crosshairs. Outbound communications
is officially a go.
Thank you but our princess is in another castle until 2021
: Super Nintendo World, an extension of Universal Studios Japan, has
due to COVID-19.
: Cam Newton signs a 1-year minimum salary deal with the Patriots, causing
to soar even higher.
: If an Independence Day road trip is in order, here are the
through national parks.
comes with an enhanced visual flair and a focus on driver emotions. When someone cuts you off, you can now update your avatar's emotion from "stoic news podcast listening" to "heart's still racing a little, but I'm trying my best to get back into this news podcast."
: The Tour de France
. What's next, televising NBA players playing each other in 2K?
festive jello shot recipes
to spruce up your 4th of July party, because nothing screams independence like being unsure how much alcohol you've consumed while there's still daylight.
Stay tuned next week where we unpack the holiday and our inability to set cheeseburger limits for ourselves.