The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released strategies and 3D models for retail stores and office spaces to help businesses reopen more safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The design strategies provide “a holistic approach to modifying stores and offices using a 17-point architectural, engineering, and administrative framework based upon recent COVID-19 public health information,” according to an AIA news release. The models offer cost-effective options that can be implemented immediately, and suggest design alternatives for creating more flexible spaces, enhancing social connectedness, and reinforcing healthy behaviors.
The information contains descriptions of common hazards and considerations for employers to mitigate them. Resources and strategies were developed by a team of architects, public health experts, engineers, and facility managers using a virtual charrette workshop.
The recommendations are part of the AIA’s “Reopening America: Strategies for Safer Buildings” initiative.