This pandemic (Covid-19) has been a global event, reaching every corner of the world. We have seen our lives affected in ways we never thought we would. Stay-at-home orders, face masks, and empty store shelves have become the norm. Even as the new norm takes hold, we continue with messages that vary. From the end of the world to will, this be another annual flu? It makes me wonder, what will be the lasting implications, how will the world be different?
A Sense of Hope
I have to admit, as time has passed, I have had my apprehensions. Why are we forced to meet such stringent measures? Why do we impact everyone like we are in an outbreak zone? I saw curves that reminded me of unmanaged and managed stormwater reports. Reports that said the numbers keep going up and it will get worse.
But I have always held out a sense of hope that we will reach a point where the apex comes. Those days may be coming soon, a day where we can go to the store again or get a meal with friends. With this hope comes the realization that things will never be the same as they were before Covid-19.
What is Next?
So, my brain has tackled this question many times since it turned upside down. I started to think about what this world could look like. To me, at the end of the day, we will be stronger and smarter for what we have overcome. So, what is next?
- Will corporations shift to remote workplaces instead of corporate offices? Removing the cost of building construction, lease, and maintenance would save money and improve profits.
- If we work from home, will we see more active lifestyles and a return to nature? One can only hope that even if this shift does not occur, we continue to spend more time outside.
- The USA has more retail space per capita than any other country, will that survive? Can you even remember a time where you ran to the store to pick up one thing or because you had nothing better to do? I have to say that it is amazing how much less shopping and spending I did during this.
- Will we travel as much or telecommute more? Businesses used to see travel as inevitable. Will that ever return? Or, will people and corporations realize that they can save money and go digital.
- Introductions, meetings, and more…We have seen meetings and schools go digital too. I would have never thought of a meeting-free day before this. How will we introduce ourselves? Handshakes are out and for great reasons too. There are so many things that used to be standard but have now are not done. What other differences will occur.
In the end, I am hopeful Covid-19 has taught us something. When Covid-19 is all over and it will be, remember washing your hands is not a hassle, it is life-saving. Think about how your choices impact others. At ACA we always preach “Helping You Make Informed Decisions”. Now, it is our chance to make informed decisions that ensure our new norm is a happy and healthy one.
Who is ACA?
Started in 1992 and located in Chester County, PA ACA has grown to become a full-service civil engineering firm. Today, we merge professional services with practical knowledge for residential and commercial projects. No matter the scale, from installing a fence, to building a structure or developing land, you need permits. Because the approval process includes many permits and agencies, it can be a headache. Working with ACA’s full-service team saves you time, money, and headaches. Every step of the way, we are here to support you and educate you about the process. Here are some of the basic services we provide:
Construction Management | Civil Engineering | Environmental Permitting | Septic System Testing and Design | Land Surveying | Wetland Delineations and Mitigation
Please feel free to browse our website or if working on a project or need help, contact us at (610) 469-3830.