How a Philadelphia contractor is adapting to slower pace of work amid pandemic

Since the coronavirus outbreak hit the U.S., a “safety first” mentality has never been more important for Philadelphia-based LOTT Restaurant Construction. Like their counterparts across the country, managers there are dealing with new jobsite requirements including staggered start and break times, managed social distancing, face masks and regular hand-washing.

For a construction firm that prides itself on its ability to fast-track projects, these new protocols have forced managers to seriously refine scheduling. No longer able to stack trades on a site, they have to rethink how to get the maximum effect from fewer people while maintaining the same quality and timeline results.

Here, Construction Dive talks with president Stacey Lott about how the pandemic has affected the firm, which has built restaurants in 15 states.