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LEED 4.1 “Safety First” – O&M Pilot Credits for Re-Entry

Four new Safety-First Pilot Credits have been created in response to the pandemic. The credits outline how LEED will support recovery efforts as businesses and communities prepare for post-pandemic life. The USGBC will refine the Safety Credit recommendations as needed and is welcoming feedback. Re-Enter Workspace. Space preparation; workforce preparation; access control; social distancing; green […]

Returning to the Workplace – A Phased Approach

Control Engineering magazine outlines a three-phased approach to return to the workplace: restricted phase, controlled phase and finally the unrestricted phase. The article, including layouts and diagrams, outlines a 7-step approach to the restricted phase. Here’s how: Establish a multidisciplinary re-entry task force. When establishing your team, considering creating a task force to develop the […]

What’s in a Post-Pandemic Office Building? Design Modified to Respond During Construction

When it opens later this summer, The 90,000-square-foot Fulton East Chicago office building will be one of the first in the country with features designed to address COVID-19 safety concerns. It was under construction when the outbreak hit, and has been engineered for maximum social distancing, touch-free operation, and air and surface sanitization. Redesigned details […]

Re-Occupancy Assessment – AIA Risk Management Plan for Buildings

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has produced a seven-step risk management plan to assist design teams and clients when re-occupying buildings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan assists with assessing hazards, applying architectural or engineering strategies, and reducing risk. It uses an evidence-based design approach, documents design decisions, and functions as a repository for […]

COVID Hospital: A Heroic Collaboration – Turner, JB&B, USACE D-B-Cx in High Gear!

By Wallace F. “Wally” Workmaster, Jr. Associate, Jaros Baum & Bolles, NY At the end of March 2020, BCxA corporate member Jaros Baum & Bolles (JB&B) was contacted by Turner Construction Company (TCCO) and asked to join a team for the design-build construction of a 1,000+ bed alternate care facility at Stony Brook University under […]