The global pandemic of COVID-19 is affecting every one of us in some way. As a construction manager/general contractor, nothing is more important to us than the health, safety, and well-being of our employees, clients, business partners and our project neighbors. We take the situation seriously and are doing our part to promote health and safety, safeguard our business operations, and slow the spread of the virus in our community and nation.
Our leadership team is monitoring information from the CDC, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and local agencies to guide the actions we are taking, in line with the latest recommendations. CFC is maintaining regular communications with our employees.
Public health experts, state and national officials have urged “social distancing” in an effort to slow the spread of the virus and to ensure health facilities are not overwhelmed, and as a result schools and public venues have closed. By keeping people apart, fewer will catch the virus. This social distancing only works if people cooperate.
Effective March 16, CFC’s Golden office is closed to visitors and non-essential personnel. CFC makes extensive use of technology and all of our office staff are equipped to work effectively from home. We remain accessible via phone and email, but we are minimizing face-to-face meetings and have switched to teleconferencing and web meetings as much as possible.
While some onsite support staff will work from home, we recognize that construction is a physical activity that produces tangible buildings, and that some work simply cannot be performed remotely. Our jobsite field offices are minimizing face-to-face meetings and communal breaks at site offices. As much as possible, meetings are utilizing conference calling or web meetings. If a face-to-face meeting is required, we are limiting attendance to less than 10 essential participants, as a way of keeping the recommended distance between people. Some meetings may be held outdoors.
In addition to these preventative measures, all of CFC’s offices and project sites are following a deep cleaning schedule using cleaning products approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use against COVID-19. Our offices and jobsites now have additional hand washing and sanitizer stations and signage detailing good hygiene practices.
Employees have been directed to stay home if they experience any symptoms or have been in direct contact with someone who is symptomatic or has been diagnosed, and to notify management.
We all know this situation remains fluid. We continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and are developing a response protocol. This includes quarantine and shut down policies, understanding the best options for sanitizing work locations, and developing procedures for cleaning areas should there be a confirmed case of COVID-19.
We will continue our protocols until medical and government authorities tell us it is safe to end them, and will update this page with any changes that impact our response to COVID-19.