Contracts Bulletin: COVID-19: Increased Construction Costs

Many subcontractors have faced additional costs associated with performing work at jobsites during the COVID-19 outbreak. These additional COVID-19-related costs come in many forms, including extra hand-washing stations, before-shift health checks, and larger quantities of personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks, and goggles. Learn more about several common construction contract provisions that could allow subcontractors to recover costs incurred as a result of COVID-19.

Any potential cost recovery under these provisions will depend on the specific language in the relevant contract and the specific circumstances encountered at each jobsite. Topic covered in this bulletin:

  • Concealed or Unknown Conditions
  • Force Majeure
  • Change of Law
  • Change Orders and Change in Costs

The April Contracts Bulletin was prepared by SMACNA’s general counsel, and all Members are strongly encouraged to read the update.

Contracts Bulletin: COVID-19 Increased Construction Costs