By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

The CEMEX Foundation, philanthropic arm of CEMEX USA, May 8 announced a $100,000 grant to Houston-based non-profit TX/RX Labs. The money will fund development and production of critically-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face masks, face shields and intubation boxes to aid medical professionals and first responders – including police, firefighters and other public health and safety workers. 

“We are all in this fight together against COVID-19, and through this innovative initiative, we are proud to help fill a critical need and help protect the brave men and women who protect us,” CEMEX USA President Jaime Muguiro said in a company release.   

ARTBA is highlighting stories about how its member firms are going “above and beyond” their duties in the transportation design and construction industry to provide relief to local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are three more examples:

  • At HNTB, Ryan Bricker, urban designer in the Dallas office, has been using his personal 3-D printer to make face shields and masks for local healthcare workers. The firm’s Austin office participated in a day of service with the Capital Metro public transportation system and the Good Apple produce delivery firm to support the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” program, which brings fresh produce and non-perishable items to elderly and immunocompromised residents. 
  • In New York City, AECOM provide construction management, emergency engineering and grant management services for two temporary medical facilities in Brooklyn and Queens, which increased hospital capacity by more than 1,000 beds. Upstate, the firm worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District to expand operation at State University of New York College at Old Westbury. AECOM also worked with the Corps in Nebraska to deliver nearly 200 operational patient beds at a facility in Omaha.
  • Granite employee teams (photo above) have donated personal protective equipment including N-95 respirators, face masks, Tyvek suits, and gloves—and meals—to those on the front lines of fighting the virus near its Watsonville, California headquarters.

“We have also provided monetary contributions and donations of goods and services to shelters, food banks, and others in need in our communities,” Granite President & CEO James H. Roberts wrote April 24 on the company’s website. 

Tell us what your firm is doing. Please contact ARTBA Editorial Director Mark Holan. Photos are encouraged.