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Shaky Ground
Architects Busy Right Now, but COVID-19 Clouds the Future
 KBy Joseph Bednar
evin Rothschild-Shea had just gotten off a conference call with employees of his company, Architecture EL in East
Longmeadow — one of many he’s under- taken since his team begam working largely remotely.
“We’re doing well. We’ve jumped to work- ing remotely and continue to function,” he
“We’re fortunate to have a lot
of work in the pipeline, but we’re definitely seeing a reduction in new work and jobs starting out.”
said. “We’re maintaining our focus on multi- family and affordable housing, which has been strong, and we’re fortunate to have a number of projects.”
bit murkier.
“We’re fortunate to
have a lot of work in the pipeline, but we’re defi- nitely seeing a reduction in new work and jobs starting out,” he told BusinessWest. “Quite a number of projects have been put on hold given the economic and COVID climate, so we’re seeing new projects hit ‘pause’ to a greater or lesser degree.
“We feel pretty com- fortable with the work- load right now, but when we look down the road, there are definitely con- cerns,” Rothschild-Shea went on. “We just want to keep everyone work- ing and employed, keep everyone safe, and keep
Curtis Edgin says the status of jobs often comes down to how far along in the pipeline they are.
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