The impact of COVID-19 has been felt across every vertical market. As some jurisdictions begin phasing toward reopening, many of our clients have asked us what they can do to make their buildings feel safe for their customers and employees.

Our research has shown the virus is spread through a building in three ways: (1) surface transmission, (2) large droplet transmission through close human contact, and (3) airborne transmission. To design a safer space, we need to look at each of these transmission vectors and identify what can be done to control the spread of infection. Below are design guidelines, developed by our practice directors and in consultation with our partners at Henderson Engineers, based on dozens of conversations they’ve had with clients, partners, and each other. These design guidelines are meant to help you guide a discussion with your design teams on what measures can or should be taken, both in the short and long term, to make your building safer as things begin moving toward a new normal.

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About the Authors

Dustin Schafer

Chief Technical Officer | Principal
Dustin Schafer is one of the masterminds behind the core foundations of our business: quality, sustainability, and company operations. When he first took on his role as director of sustainable services at Henderson in 2008, his goal was to integrate sustainable design into our teams and projects, but it didn’t stop there. This professional engineer and LEED accredited professional wanted to change the face of company operations one concept at a time. Since then, Dustin has both implemented and improved our services including sustainable master planning, energy benchmarking, and energy modeling procedures and training. Dustin is the kind of person who is known for his genuine desire to make Henderson a great place to work. He talks regularly about the need to grow the careers of our technical staff, and he takes steps forward every day to ensure that happens. Now a senior vice president and our director of engineering, Dustin runs the internal group at Henderson dedicated solely to quality, which is something that sets our firm apart from the competition. It's clear Dustin is not only passionate about his job, but he also truly pushes for the valuable relationships we create with one another along the way — a notion we like to live by at Henderson.