When the coronavirus pandemic first hit New York and Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statewide Stay At Home order, that included the closing of nonessential businesses. At first, that didn’t include many construction sites, but construction was allowed to continue on a host of development projects, from high-rise apartment complexes to office buildings.
By early April, the governor issued a new directive that halted most construction statewide, with most residential and commercial construction projects getting suspended. Work was allowed to continue on some projects, though.
“We’re closing down nonessential construction sites,” the governor said during a press conference. “Some construction is essential to keep the place running, but nonessential construction is going to stop.”
As so many of these construction projects have come to a halt, it isn’t safe to leave expensive equipment, tools, and supplies sitting at the site until the lockdown has been lifted. A growing number of construction site managers are choosing to instead put their most valuable work-related belongings in a self-storage unit where they’re safe and easy to access.
What Construction Projects are Still Allowed in NYC?
Initially, when cases of the coronavirus first occurred in NYC, New Yorkers were encouraged to stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of the deadly virus. Restaurants and bars were closed as a safety precaution, but private construction sites were allowed to continue operating. As the days went by, and the number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise, there were increasing concerns that construction workers could pick up COVID-19 at their worksites.
The Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York, which represents union workers in this field, even released safety protocols that included:
- Additional handwashing stations for workers
- Limiting the use of tools shared by workers
- and limiting the number of workers in confined areas.
At first, all construction in the state got classified as “essential” and were exempt from the shutdown order. However, the state would later update its guidelines to state that “all nonessential construction must shut down except emergency construction.” An exemption to this rule is that nonessential construction could continue if it was unsafe to allow the project to remain unfinished.
Now, construction work is still being permitted on projects considered essential to keeping the city running and the state operating. Luxury condos and office buildings have been put on hold.
Safely Storing Construction Equipment During the Lockdown
During the shutdown, construction sites that are on hold need to be concerned about the possibility of theft of equipment or damage while workers are under orders to remain home. With a lot of money already invested in these projects, often millions of dollars, supervisors can’t afford to lose expensive and valuable equipment.
They have the option to bring that equipment to a self-storage facility like the ones at Treasure Island Storage, which has units of various sizes to meet the needs of businesses that want to protect valuable equipment.
Why Put Construction Equipment in Storage?
The units at Treasure island Storage are climate-controlled, so summer heat or winter cold won’t damage anything you bring here. The units are maintained at a steady temperature all year long.
Other benefits to the units at Treasure Island Storage include:
- Front gate access
- Video surveillance security cameras
- Free wifi
- 24/7 access to anything you need
- Short and long-term rental options
- Use of a rental van to move equipment here
- Locations in New Jersey and New York
Until the lockdown has been lifted, why risk leaving the equipment vulnerable to criminals? At Treasure Island Storage, security is a top concern and everything you bring here will remain safe and secure.
Self-Storage Solutions for Your Home and Business in New York
Until NYC’s Stay-At-Home order is lifted, construction projects that are not considered essential will remain on hold. That poses challenges for the managers of these now dormant sites.
A better option is to bring whatever you have to the self-storage units available at Treasure Island Storage. Anything you have stored at one of our storage units remains safe and accessible to you. If you need to add additional items to your personal or business storage unit or have questions for us, give us a call today at (646) 846-9449 to learn more about how we can help you in these unprecedented times.