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.