Balancing Social Responsibility with Economic Responsibility
COVID-19 has forced us to be innovative in how we work, live, learn, and interact with our community. We all are tasked with the question of how to return to “normal” life while also remaining safe and healthy. As we adjust to this significant change, Moran Construction Consultants remains obligated and committed to our client’s priorities. As we continue our commitment to serving client’s needs, we also commit to keeping our team and those we serve safe.
Our primary focus during this unprecedented time is balancing social responsibility with economic responsibility. We believe it is imperative to maintain the health and safety of our employees, their families, and those around us while also serving our clients. Our responsibility to those we serve, and our community is especially important as we do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19. We also hold firm to our economic responsibility and understand the services we provide are essential to supporting the construction and finance sectors of the economy, with the necessity of regular travel to effectively execute our services.
We will continue to work remotely on a day-to-day basis, and we will resume our routine monthly inspections in compliance with project and respective state guidelines. As our team returns to the office and field, rest assured that our team is doing so while taking all necessary precautionary measures. Our team of consultants have been equipped with the knowledge and equipment necessary to represent our clients while maintaining a safe environment in the process. Attached are MCC’s Policy and Procedures, Home Office Guidelines, Travel Guidelines, and Site Inspection Guidelines.
Our consultants will be tested for COVID-19 at regular intervals relative to their travel schedules. In the unfortunate circumstance that any member of our team should test positive for the virus, we have established a protocol for the quarantine of that member to mitigate the spread.
We will always remain vigilant, safe, and responsible as we continue together to navigate this unprecedented situation. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, especially in this challenging time.
The following is an update regarding the impacts we are finding related to COVID-19, please share with your colleagues. We are taking the following actions:
We are encouraging all employees to work from home until notified otherwise. We have further encouraged all employees to avoid public places to the best extent possible to limit exposure. We are well prepared to work remotely since it is a regular practice of ours in monitoring projects nationally. Each employee is equipped with a laptop as well as access to our audio and video conference capabilities.
We are limiting all in-person meetings inclusive of both internal meetings and meetings with clients. We are encouraging all meetings to be conducted via audio or video conferencing. We have multiple lines available as needed to meet demand.
We are limiting out of town travel only as necessary to execute our core services. We have implemented policies and procedures addressing COVID-19 travel concerns and restrictions.
We will comment on the project-specific impacts of COVID-19 within each of our reports moving forward effective 3/16/20.
We are starting to see more projects beginning construction again after being impacted in the short term due to closures, delays, and a decrease in manpower. However, this situation remains fluid and the status of these projects is likely to change again in the upcoming days and weeks. Distributor’s vendors are sending out notices that they will let distributors know if they anticipate shortages or delays in deliveries. Some suppliers and contractors are seeing delays in materials or product shipping/delivery timelines in the short term. We have seen (1) instances of minimal delays due to a shortage of manpower and/or shipping delays.
Other Impacts or Potential Impacts
– Domestic airlines are reducing domestic flight schedules into the summer months.
– Capital needs assessments to be completed at occupied properties are being placed on hold to minimize exposure.
– State and Federal slowdowns are anticipated to impact Historic Tax Credit (HTC) applications and approvals.
– Texas offices and inspectors are resuming limited inspections.
Florida Suspends Inspections (Housing Authorities Only)
Kentucky’s Inspection & Monitoring Policy in Response to COVID-19 (Housing Authorities Only)
Kansas Closes Topeka Office, Suspends Inspections (Housing Authorities Only)
Illinois Modifies Asset Management Monitoring Activities (Housing Authorities Only)