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Months of isolation have caused people to rethink the way they live. This meant that their buildings would change. It meant construction, and architects became useful again, after being abandoned. But the madness of a new era has made all builders and architects simultaneously empowered by their new status of demand while fully threatened by the costs and availability of all the products and people needed to build.— CT Insider
Earlier in the year, labor and supply chain issues sent steel and lumber markets soaring, delaying many commercial and residential projects across the country. industry, in addition to triggering what some believe will be a boom in demand once the pandemic passes.
As bright as the outlook is for some people, architect Duo Dickinson sees recent gains as part of a cycle that has become “insane and dangerous.”
“If the past is a prologue, this boom will soon erupt,” he wrote. “The stories of the last few months are great in the construction world, but the articles and studies have not kept up with chaotic times. In my little corner of this world, the last season saw four of my clients dipping their toes into construction and using my company to gauge the time and money involved, and when inflated numbers and indeterminate schedules were revealed, they just backed out, even though they were thrilled with our creations.