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COVID-19 impact on Construction

The COVID-19 outbreak has now spread around the world, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. The pandemic has already changed how we work and how we live our lives. Many of these changes will have long-term implications. Companies in every sector, including Construction, will need to adopt new technologies and new ways of working as they adapt to these new realities.

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Deal trends in the Construction sector during COVID-19

Design Build’s COVID-19 deal tracker monitors deals that took place across the Construction sector during the pandemic.

Deals trends in the Design Build Network sector: Q1 2020 – Q1 2022

7,406 Equity Offering

Total Value US$m: 369,520
YOY Change: -61.7%

6,918 Acquisition

Total Value US$m: 705,074.6
YOY Change: 44.1%

4,081 Debt Offering

Total Value US$m: 1,384,642
YOY Change: -47.2%

1,249 Private Equity

Total Value US$m: 370,921
YOY Change: 2.3%

1,235 Venture Financing

Total Value US$m: 20,133
YOY Change: 172.9%

1,136 Asset Transaction

Total Value US$m: 154,580.5
YOY Change: -26.8%

368 Merger

Total Value US$m: 101,585.9
YOY Change: -31.2%

353 Partnership

Total Value US$m: 5,861.1
YOY Change: -

Innovation in the Construction sector during COVID-19

To best track innovation in response to COVID-19’s impact on the Construction sector, Design Build tracks the patent applications, as well as the patent applicants throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Number of patents in the Construction sector: Q1 2018 – Q1 2022

The COVID-19 patents tracker in the Construction sector monitors the patent applications pre- and post-outbreak.

Note: Application counts are based on publications. Patent applications which are not published yet are not considered for analysis. Publication may take up to 18 months from the application of patents.

Top Patent Applicants in the Construction sector: Pre-COVID-19 (Filing Year 2018 – 2019)

Design Build patent ownership data monitors the patent applicants in the sector before the COVID-19 outbreak.

Top Patent Applicants in the Construction sector: Post-COVID-19 (Filing Year 2020 – Q1 2022)

Design Build patent ownership data monitors the patent applicants in the sector after the COVID-19 outbreak.

Note: Application counts are based on publications. Patent applications which are not published yet are not considered for analysis. Publication may take up to 18 months from the application of patents.

Number of COVID-19 mentions in filings in Construction sector: Q1 2020 – Q1 2022

Design Build tracks thousands of companies and their annual and quarterly filings. Our analysis monitors the mentions of COVID-19 in those filings during the pandemic.

COVID-19 versus top 5 themes in Construction

Design Build compares COVID-19 mentions in filings with other top themes in filings data during the pandemic.

Top 10 companies with COVID-19 mentions in filings

Design Build tracks which construction companies mention COVID-19 in filings the most during the pandemic.

Jobs insights in the Construction sector during COVID-19

Design Build monitors live construction company jobs postings to assess the impact of COVID-19 on the sector.

Job Trends in Construction Sector

Jobs postings by construction companies after the outbreak. The COVID-19 jobs tracker in the construction sector looks at jobs posted, closed and active to assess the impact of the pandemic on sector jobs.

Most active Construction companies: Jobs

Design Build’s Construction jobs tracker lists Construction companies with the most jobs posted during the COVID-19 period.

Construction influencer discussions on COVID-19

Design Build tracks the mentions of COVID-19 by leading Construction influencers on Twitter. The chart indicates the volume of tweets and influencers pertaining to COVID-19.

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