KIRO NIGHTS

How Washington’s stay-at-home order will affect construction projects

Mar 24, 2020, 10:57 AM

Key Arena demolition and renovation, construction...

Ongoing construction at KeyArena. (Michael Simeona, KIRO Radio)

(Michael Simeona, KIRO Radio)

With Gov. Jay Inslee enacting a statewide stay-at-home order Monday evening, questions have swirled over whether certain construction projects will continue, or be halted for the duration of the directive.

Full details on what’s allowed under Inslee’s stay-at-home order

That’s outlined in a 14-page document detailing what defines “essential” work. But for many construction projects, it’s not quite as simple as having some send all workers home, while having others continue as scheduled.

“Let’s say you’re building the Convention Center, and you’ve got it propped up — you just can’t leave it for two weeks,” Monty Anderson with the Building Trades and Construction Council told KIRO Nights. “They might take a week to get what they have up there to ensure the structural integrity.”

Another example he provides is KeyArena, where renovations that have been underway don’t technically qualify as “essential,” but still require ongoing maintenance on-site.

“There’s a lot there, [and] there are going to be exclusions,” Anderson noted. “You can’t just leave (KeyArena) for two weeks and hope it doesn’t fill up with water.”

There are also other more cut-and-dry cases for projects being allowed to continue as planned. That includes anything related to natural gas or energy production, and construction of housing, or anything else considered an essential facility.

“Some of the stuff is critical,” Anderson said. “That’s a lot of work still.”

Read: Gov. Inslee’s full stay-at-home proclamation

For workers unsure of whether their project qualifies as essential or not, Anderson hopes to have employers providing them with more information by the end of the day Tuesday.

“We’re working right now with our contractors, our agencies, and everybody to get this information out so they can be deemed essential or not,” he outlined. “So people can know on the job by (Tuesday), your employer should be telling you whether to take your tools home or not.”

Listen to KIRO Nights weeknights from 7 – 10 p.m. on KIRO Radio, 97.3 FM. Subscribe to the podcast here.

KIRO Nights on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
  • listen to kiro nights KIRO Nights formerly aired on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM.

KIRO Nights

KIRO Nights

Photo: Fireworks over Lake Union in Seattle on July 4, 2018....

Julia Dallas

‘At my house, we’re blowing stuff up:’ KIRO reacts to Renton drone show

Renton is taking a different approach to its Fourth of July show. Instead of fireworks lighting up the sky — drones will take their place.

23 days ago

pearl jam dark matter...

Matt Butler

Butler: Pearl Jam’s Dark Matter among the band’s ‘best, most cohesive records’

Vedder thinks "Dark Matter" is Pearl Jam's best work. You may or may not agree, but it's certainly one of their best and most cohesive records.

1 month ago

Photo: A periodical cicada nymph wiggles in the grass in Macon, Ga., on Thursday, March 28, 2024, a...

KIRO Newsradio staff

KIRO Nights: Hyper sexual zombie cicadas?!

The periodical cicadas that are about to infest two parts of the United States aren't just plentiful, they're downright weird.

1 month ago

...

MyNorthwest Video

Video: Hyper Sexual Zombie Cicadas?!?! Yes, please.

If you ever want to tell someone what the vibe of KIRO Nights is with Jake Skorheim, just send them this video. Yes, it’s about Hyper Sexual Zombie Cicadas. Enjoy. Listen to KIRO Nights weeknights w/ Jake Skorheim at 7pm on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM Listen to KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM or go to MyNorthwest.com […]

1 month ago

Image: Artist and owner of Snohomish's Top It Yogurt Shoppe Ken Coleman uses acrylic paint markers ...

Steve Coogan

KIRO Nights: Top It Yogurt Shoppe art recreates famed film scenes

Jake Skorheim told the story of discovering Top It Yogurt Shoppe in Snohomish last year while on an outing with his family.

2 months ago

...

MyNorthwest Video

Video: What kind of Senior will YOU be?

Jason Rantz is now obsessed with death — because his life is half-over. Jake Skorheim explains what kind of Elderly he’d be if in an elder care facility. Enjoy a Double Shot.

2 months ago

How Washington’s stay-at-home order will affect construction projects