By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Gannett Fleming’s geospatial technology division, GeoDecisions, is helping healthcare and government authorities use maps built through geographic information system technology (GIS) to learn details about COVID-19 cases and resources. It developed dashboards to locate disease outbreaks, inform the public, target services, and make decisions about needed precautions. See image at top.

Kristin Ditterline, one of the firm’s GIS analysts, contributed to the development of a separate national map showing locations for all COVID-19 testing sites that can be used by emergency response teams. The project resulted in over 4,300 testing centers mapped.

Over the past month, ARTBA has been 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. See Part 1 and Part 2. Here are more examples:

  • Several Long Island Contractors’ Association firms were enlisted as the design-build team for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Stony Brook (N.Y.) Alternate Care Facilities project. The firms included E.E. Cruz & CompanyINCPosillicoBoveH.O. Penn, and Tomcon Industries.
  • The Terracon Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to Feeding America and matched employee contributions to support the growing need for food assistance. Some of Terracon’s employee-owners also have donated homemade cloth face coverings to first responders and healthcare workers.
  • WSP USA’s Austin office loaded care packages; Michigan employees raised nearly $6,000 for relief efforts in Detroit; Los Angeles staff collected hand and surface hygiene items; and Illinois employees raised just over $5,000 for relief efforts in Chicago. 
  • The Will Group, a member through the Illinois Road & Transportation Builders Association, donated hand sanitizer, KN95 masks, gloves, and disinfectant at multiple food-delivery events in Chicago.

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