College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Allan Hauck, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and 2021 resulted in many states issuing stay-at-home orders and closing businesses. In some states, construction was deemed essential and allowed to remain open. Dempsey Construction, Inc. is a Southern California commercial construction company that was permitted to continue operation with the exception of a brief lockdown in March and April of 2020. Despite being permitted to remain open, the company had to face many direct and indirect challenges resulting from the worldwide pandemic. In addition to schedule adjustments, daily cleaning on jobsites and in the office, and increased material prices and lead times, Dempsey also had to contend with the unknowns of the future. Projected job loss, subcontractor and developer relationship changes, and the crash of specific construction sectors were all indirect impacts that Dempsey had to contend with amidst the pandemic. Despite the negative impacts of the pandemic, many employees were able to find positive changes due to COVID-19. The worker relationship onsite became more caring, time spent traveling to meetings was significantly reduced, and on a more personal level, many employees were able to spend more time with their families. The pandemic highlighted Dempsey’s ability to survive a recession through conservative practices and proper planning.