Architects, Health Experts Release Strategies + Tools to Safely Reopen Buildings

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.

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.

A complete summary of the public health briefing is available online.

Visit AIA’s website for more COVID-19 resources for architects.

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Posted June 9, 2020

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