Marissa Gebhard | April 30, 2020
There are some jobs that cannot be done remotely. For example, every day, five construction administrators, led by Tony Polotto, director of quality assurance, visit dozens of campus construction sites — major capital projects such as Johnson Family Hall, Corby Hall and McKenna Hall, as well as numerous renovation projects on campus including labs and offices in McCourtney Hall, Harper Hall and Cushing Hall, among others. The team must ensure that design plans are meticulously followed and that work is being done safely and with a high degree of quality.
What is different are the added safety precautions in place to protect everyone at construction sites from the coronavirus.
The pandemic has had a significant impact on the construction trades. Now, there are sanitizing stations strategically placed at each construction site on campus and all sites are regularly disinfected. At Notre Dame, most tradespeople know each other: They have worked alongside each other for years on the same jobs, so they are interested in keeping each other safe. If someone were to become sick, it could quickly affect a job site, so they look out for each other.
“Our contractors implemented major changes on the job sites right away in an attempt to keep everyone safe,” says Polotto. “On any given day, we can range anywhere from 200 to 400 workers on campus, so it’s of utmost importance that everyone feels safe when they come to work and that they go home safely.”
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