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5 must reads for the AEC industry today: April 15, 2020

Buildings as "open source platforms" and 3D printing finds its grove producing face shields.

April 15, 2020 |

1. Buildings as "open source platforms" (BD+C)
"NBBJ’s year-old Design Performance Group helps building teams make smarter choices earlier."

2. 3D printing finds its groove fabricating face shields during COVID-19 crisis (BD+C)
"3D printers have become invaluable tools for producing much-needed personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tech companies such as Apple and Blue Origin, manufacturers like Ford Motor Co., and universities such as Duke and Harvard, have been using their printers to churn out face shields for first-line medical workers."

3. Missouri’s first Alternate Care Facility ready for coronavirus patients (BD+C)
"The project yielded more than 100 patient rooms on the four floors of the 130-room hotel. The team built a nurses’ station on each floor and turned the existing phone system into a nurse call system. Beds and furniture were moved. Extra furniture was put into temporary storage. PTAC units in rooms were inspected and repaired or replaced as necessary. Hardware was changed on hotel room doors and bathroom doors to disable locks. All rooms were deep cleaned. In 13 rooms, carpet was removed and walls and ceilings were painted."

4. AIA publishes 'Guide to Business Continuity' to help architecture firms remain resilient (AIA) 
"The guide provides firm leaders with insights into managing staff, premises, technology, information, supply chains, stakeholders, and reputation, so a firm can continue to provide services, generate revenue, and reduce the consequences of business interruption."

5. Medical Office Buildings Poised for Quick Recovery (Commercial Property Executive)
"The tenants of many medical office buildings have closed their offices temporarily, but the long-term prospects for this property type are robust."


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