COVID-19 has ushered in IAQ’s 15 minutes of fame. People are looking to HVAC systems to help limit the spread of viruses. SHP turned to its mechanical engineering team to bust a few myths on the topic.
Since COVID-19 hit, it seems building owners, facility managers and even the general public have become more aware of how important mechanical systems are to the overall health of our buildings. SHP’s engineering team predicts a stronger emphasis on creating healthier indoor environments, indoor air quality & more sophisticated mechanical systems.
As the coronavirus drives students apart, one college devises a course to keep them together. This kind of disruptive, real-time addition to the course catalog is exactly the kind of innovation higher ed should embrace!
With the rapid switch to distance learning during the coronavirus crisis, some schools have struggled to serve students who are at the margins. It's one of the reasons Educational Visioning is so important: inclusive design principles offer a valuable way to reimagine educational spaces, not just during COVID-19, but well into the future.
Community colleges have been seen as a distant second to four-year colleges, but for so many, two-year degrees represent an important path to a better life. Properly funded, they can make our workforce stronger and our society more just.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents the opportunity to envision and create more efficient, more strategic and more focused spaces if we are willing to abandon entrenched paradigmsand make room for new ones.
Whether in the context of learning, working or living, COVID-19 has forced radical change and forever shifted the familiar patterns of our culture. What’s called for in the design community is more of what we excel at: creative thinking inspired by questions that go beyond the current context.