Davis Partnership Architects has adapted to the current crisis and contributed to a number of outreach initiatives to help our community. These range from designing healthcare facilities to help battle COVID-19 to developing healthy building standards for a world post-pandemic. As new information arrives daily, we continue to update our Healthy Building Design Guidelines for a safer and healthier environment.
Healthy Building Design
At Davis Partnership Architects we have long been focused on creating spaces and places for people that are inspiring and built for people. It’s been central to what we’ve always done and what we will always do. And now we find ourselves in a situation where all the experience we’ve gained, in all our different disciplines, all the questions we’ve asked of our partners, of ourselves, and of our creations are being focused on one distinct use case. But as we’ve always done, we don’t want to focus on the present at the peril of the future. We want to build spaces that are dignified for years to come: built for now, but adaptable for whatever the future holds.
COVID-19 Response Projects
Davis Partnership Architects has been working with several partners in our community to actively fight COVID-19 using the tools we know best, DESIGN. Here are some projects we’ve been working on to help fight COVID-19.
In effort to help our community and share resources, our design research team has assembled a number of publications helpful in navigating COVID-19 responses. These articles were influential in developing our own Healthy Building Design guidelines, and provide the data that drove real, practical solutions. Each article below hyperlinks to the full publication.
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Built Environment Considerations To Reduce Transmission (American Society for Microbiology) – Daylight in both the UV and visible spectral ranges reduced the viability of bacteria compared to dark control spaces. In a study simulating sunlight on inﬂuenza virus aerosols, virus half-life was signiﬁcantly reduced with simulated sunlight.
Mitigating Airborne Infection Transmission with HVAC Systems (ASHRAE) – A recent National Institute of Health study analyzed the virus’ stability in aerosols and on surfaces. Researchers found the virus remained variable in aerosols for hours and also found the virus was more stable on plastic and stainless than on copper and cardboard.
Hospitals are bringing nature into stressful COVID-19 ICUs (Fast Company) – The virus is taking a toll on the mental well being of hospital care professionals. In response, some hospitals are providing an oasis in unused areas near ICUs for staff. Integrating biophilic design, lighting, music in a multi-sensory space to help relax and recharge.
Navigating What’s Next: The Post-COVID Workplace (Steelcase) – Wellness vestibule or clean entry threshold worked into the building core. These spaces will have a sink to wash your hands, coat and shoe storage, and have health check stations. This will be the first area people will experience before they are allowed into the office area.