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 Building Solutions, 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.

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About the Authors

Dustin Schafer


Chief Technical Officer | Principal
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Dustin believes that thoughtful design is at the core of good engineering. Through his role as the chief technical officer at Henderson, he pushes to go beyond the basic mechanics of engineering to arrive at solutions that are as artful as they are functional.   With a genuine desire to add value to the relationships he has with both clients and employees, he's a trusted adviser to many. He talks regularly about the need to grow the careers of our technical staff, and takes steps every day to ensure that happens. Dustin take's Henderson's vision to be the firm that builds a better world to heart as he emphasizes innovation, quality, and humanity each and every day.