As a construction manager/general contractor, the health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers and business partners will always be the top priority. Saunders is taking a conscientious and collaborative approach to prevention and necessary caution to help address the public health concern related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). We are taking this situation seriously and have taken actions to safeguard our business operations amid the spread of COVID-19. We send well wishes to anyone affected by COVID-19.
Actions We’re Taking
- Our leadership team is monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and local agencies to help ensure the actions we’re taking are in line with the latest recommendations and guidance. Saunders maintains regular communication with our employees to ensure their health and safety — and that of our customers and partners.
- Effective immediately, all employees able to work remotely are to do so until further notice provided by executive leadership. All of Saunders offices will be closed to visitors and non-essential personnel. Employees not able to work remotely are to contain their travel to their primary work location (i.e., office or project site).
- Saunders has deployed technology and procedures to allow our employees to communicate effectively while working remotely. We do not expect disruption in our availability by email and/or phone. We have instructed our employees to maximize the use of teleconferencing for meetings in order to reduce personal contact.
- Construction sites must follow distancing and safety protocols including staying 6 feet away from others, frequently washing hands, regularly cleaning work areas, and not sharing any tools.
- As a precautionary step, all Saunders offices and project sites follow a deep cleaning schedule using cleaning products/materials that are approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use against COVID-19. Our offices have additional hand sanitizer stations available in conference room spaces and reception areas. In addition, signage detailing good hygiene practices has been posted in multiple locations throughout our offices and project sites since prevention is the most important step to stem the spread of a virus.
- All business travel is postponed through April 30, 2020. Any employee who has recently traveled, for personal and/or business reasons, to a Level 2 or Level 3 region as defined by the CDC and the Pitkin, Summit, Gunnison or Eagle, Colorado Counties is required to self-quarantine for 14 days upon return.
- Employees are asked to avoid large gatherings with over 10 attendees until April 30, 2020. We will continue to evaluate large group meetings within our organization and implement alternatives as appropriate.
- All employees who experience symptoms, or have been in direct contact with someone who is symptomatic or has been diagnosed, to stay home.
- We’re continuing to follow the recommendations of the CDC and are developing a response protocol, which includes quarantine and shut down policies, understanding the best options for sanitizing work locations and developing procedures for cleaning areas with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
- Saunders employees have options to work remotely or use paid time off (PTO), which covers sick leave. However, Saunders is also committed to helping employees who are concerned about income loss. We will work on a case-by-case basis to support any employees experiencing financial hardship.
- It is important to note that many products and services provided to Saunders may originate from impacted regions. Our leadership team is regularly monitoring the impact of these delays to our projects and will communicate with our customers, trade partners and suppliers to discuss contingency plans, if an impact is anticipated.
Updates on the status of our office and project operations will be conveyed via email as more information becomes available. This web page will also be updated with any changes that impact our response to this unprecedented situation.