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Student housing amid the pandemic, infection control in buildings, and future airport design on "The Weekly"


Student housing amid the pandemic, infection control in buildings, and future airport design on "The Weekly"

Experts from Core Spaces, Bala Consulting Engineers, and Populous were interviewed in the July 23 streaming program from Horizon TV.

"The Weekly," a new virtual news program from Building Design+Construction, .

This week's guests: Mitch Dalton, Core Spaces; Andrew Horning, Bala Consulting Engineers; and Geoffrey Ax, Populous.

How do college students feel about going back to their off-campus apartments in the fall? What can be done about COVID-19 infection control  in older buildings? What will tomorrow’s airports look like?

Those questions were addressed on “The Weekly,” the live streaming news and analysis program from Horizon TV, in its July 23 program.

Tune in for "The Weekly" at 1:00pm Eastern on Thursday, July 23: https://horizontv.bdcnetwork.com.



Mitch Dalton, Chief Design Director, Core Spaces, a major developer of off-campus student housing, will discuss the company’s recent survey of nearly 2,500 college students.

The overwhelming majority of the respondents—all Core Spaces tenants—said they wanted to go back to school in the fall.

Most said they would rather be studying in their off-campus apartments than at home even if all their courses were to be taught online.


HUB at Lexington, Core Spaces off-campus housing near Univ of Kentucky

HUB at Lexington, Core Spaces' off-campus housing near the University of Kentucky.


“For this generation, which puts so much focus on the social actual experiential aspect of things—to take that away, it would strip out a lot of the value and growth experience that you get from college,” said Dalton, who will be interviewed by Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor, Building Design+Construction.


Andrew B. Horning, LEEP AP BD+C, Bala Consulting Engineers, will be interviewed  by Dave Barista, Editorial Director of Building Design+Construction, on the "new normal" of MEP design and infection control strategies in commercial and institutional buildings.

Horning, a Bala Vice President who leads the firm’s COVID-19 Task Force, will discuss concerns about controlling the spread of infection in older buildings, where outdated mechanical equipment might not be able to handle the enhance filtration that will be needed.


Andrew B. Horning, LEEP AP BD+C, Bala Consulting Engineers, on COVID-19 infection control in buildings.

Andrew B. Horning, LEEP AP BD+C, Bala Consulting Engineers, on COVID-19 infection control in buildings.


Horning will explore ways to adapt technologies from other fields, such as laboratories, including UV lighting disinfection and bipolar ionization, and why designers need to give more thought to building entrances and "touchless" environments—especially in elevators.

Efforts to maintain high levels of sustainability may suffer as a consequence of fighting coronavirus infection in buildings, according to Horning, because more energy will be required to make buildings healthier and safer buildings for people.


Geoffrey Ax, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, DBIA, who leads the aviation practice at Populous, chats with John Caufield, Senior Editor, Building Design+Construction, aboutwhat the airport of the future might look like, how design will work hand in hand with technology and communications to give passengers confidence that the airport is healthy and safe.


Geoffrey Ax of Populous will discuss the airport of the future on "The Weekly."

Geoffrey Ax of Populous will discuss the airport of the future on "The Weekly."


Ax brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the project, executive, client management, and business development phases for major airport projects across the world with budgets in excess of $1 billion. He’s led the small and large-scope design of terminals, operations, and cargo facilities, including the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, Los Angeles World Airports, and Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima, Peru.



“The Weekly” is a production of Horizon TV, the online broadcast arm of SGC Horizon LLC, publishers of Building Design+Construction, Multifamily Design+Construction, Professional Builder, ProRemodeler, and Construction Equipment. The program is hosted by Tony Mancini, Principal—Group Director, SGC Horizon.

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