May 6, 2020

Treasury and SBA have issued updated FAQs on the PPP Loan Program. We are still waiting on more guidance on the specific requirements for the loan to be forgiven. We know fuel on vehicles is covered under utilities but we are not sure what constitutes "transportation." That guidance was expected last week so it should be any day now.

Register for CPRA Virtual Round Table with Bren Haase, Chip Kline and CPRA staff

When: May 13, 2020 04:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) 

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

1 PDH will be offered for this meeting.
The State Fire Marshall's Office has created a notification system for sending return to work email communication, notifications, and helpful guidance specific to business types. These notifications will answer the important questions:
  • When can I partially or fully open my business?
  • What are the steps to open my business?
  • What changes can be expected for businesses that have been operating, but with restrictions?
  • What restrictions are my business subject to, if any?
  • Are there any new sanitation requirements for my business?
  • Are there any personal protective requirements (masks, gloves, etc.) for my employees?
Relative to my Legislative Alert issued earlier today on HB 758 (this is the correct bill number, I double checked)...the bill is not expected to be heard on the House floor tomorrow per the author. I am also awaiting possible more amendments to the bill. This will give you more time to reach out. It's important that members understand why liquidated and delay damage clauses should not be in law for engineering contracts. I am developing additional bullet points although you all know the reasons better than me. I am not sure how pervasive the sentiment may be among members that a public body should have the option to withhold payment for delays by designers and contractors rather than having to go after them after a project is complete. I will keep you posted. Things change by the minute.

Working with the HR Council, ACECL developed the attached  Safe at Work / Return to Work Policy/Infectious Disease Policy  template for firms to customize according to your standard operations and office culture. We know you are already making plans for how to transition to more employees working at the office. This policy is simply offered as a resource to complement your own planning as the state moves toward easing of stay-at-home restrictions. There is both a version that can be edited as well as a PDF version which activates all the hyperlinks so you can access the resources. To activate the links in your own final policy document - if being distributed electronically or posted online - simply save your version as a PDF. The links are not active in the word document.

You are welcome to call me if you have any questions. These suggestions are consistent with recommendations identified through extensive research. However, they should not substitute for your own management decision-making. This document is intended to be tailored to fit your individual circumstances.
Complimentary ACEC Webinars to Guide Your Firm through the Coronavirus Pandemic
Friday, May 8th, 1:30-2:30 PM EST
Presenter: Greg Powell, Managing Director, Investment Banking FMI Capital Advisors, Inc.
Wednesday, May 13th, 3:30-4:30 PM EST
Thursday, May 14th, 3:30-4:30 PM EST
Let me know if you have other sources to recommend for PPEs and cleaning products.
If you have worked on any projects in response to COVID19 please send me an email. I would like to compile a list of the work the consultant engineering community has provided in direct response to COVID19.