Construction remained essential throughout most of the country at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, which left contractors in need of ways to protect workers and keep jobsites clean and safe — not just from the usual dangerous work, but from infection. With a bevy of new state and local requirements and federal guidelines came an array of tech innovations promising to help contractors keep their workers healthy.
To help pore through all the new information and platforms, four major contractors — Black & Veatch, DPR, Haskell and McCarthy — came together in May to form the NEXT Coalition. In August, Swinerton announced it had joined the coalition as well. The alliance works to pilot, test and tweak technology solutions in the areas of contact tracing, safety oversight and cleaner jobsites.