As communities across the U.S. initiate phased reopening plans, The American Institute of Architects has released new resources to support employers, public officials and design professionals with reoccupying buildings more safely.
AIA’s initiative included a team of architects, public health experts, engineers and facility managers who developed strategies to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in buildings, promote social distancing standards and enhance well-being in communities transitioning to new lifestyle norms. A comprehensive report of the initiative is available on AIA’s website.
Initial outcomes from the team were used to develop new and enhanced tools that can assist employers, building owners and design teams with best practices to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public while providing services.
Tool #1 – Risk Management Plan for Buildings – Provides a comprehensive process for assessing hazards in buildings and reducing risk. This methodology not only can be applied during the pandemic but for all shocks and stresses to create more resilient buildings and businesses.
AIA’s team used a virtual charrette workshop, a method used to study specific issues in a limited time frame using an intense brainstorming session, to develop the strategies.
As part of the sessions, a group of public, environmental and occupational health experts and physicians provided an independently developed, 90-minute briefing on SARS-CoV-2 infectious disease transmission, epidemiological models and insights into the most current research of the virus as of early May.