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March 25, 2020

Preparing for the Surge

With COVID-19 coming hard to bear on the United States, radical measures have occurred over the past couple of weeks from cancelations of sports and entertainment, to implementation of social distancing, to outright orders of sheltering in place. That said, some services must go on, not the least of which is healthcare and emergency care. With that in mind HKS Architects’ Jason Schroer, the firm’s director of Health, posted a piece on measures (full story here), those who design healthcare spaces, can suggest to their clients in dealing with this dangerous virus, now and in the future. One of the more interesting suggestions for dealing with the surge, when it arrives, is the creation of temporary structures within parking garages and shell spaces. Several hospitals are also setting up tents near their emergency departments so they can screen patients for respiratory illness and separate them from the other hospital patients. Another measure is to create airborne isolation units and isolation floors that are dedicated for patients that have tested positive. This will reduce the need for caregivers to don/doff personal protective equipment, and lower the chance of transmission to patients without the virus. Following are a handful of products that might help with in creating such emergency facilities.

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Post PSAs and Updates Instantly

Soofa provides cities with a tool that, in times of emergency, allows for both flexible and instantaneous messages. It is working with government partners to design specific COVID-19 PSA templates, which can be easily adapted to post new updates regarding school closures, canceled events, transportation disruptions, relief fund options, and general public health guidelines.

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Foam Party

Bradley Foam Soap dispensers save customers up to 50% in soap costs per year compared with liquid soap. Foam soap creates rich lather-like foam, and provides better soap coverage. Foam soap is also easier to rinse off with water than liquid soap. Easier and quicker lathering and rinsing reduces soap usage, water consumption and related costs.

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Electronic Air Measuring Station

At AHR, Ruskin introduced a truly novel product, the AIRFLOW-IQ, which combines the features of the company’s TDP05K air flow and temperature measuring probes, with its CD50 control damper and the VAFB24-BAC RAMS Air Measurement BACnet actuator. The factory-assembled and calibrated unit provide effective setpoint airflow control from 0 to 5,000 FPM (0 to 25 m/s) using analog or BACnet interface.

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Human-Friendly Outdoor Compartmentation

Created as a means to help employers get their people outside for better biophilic experiences, in this time of healthcare improvisation, converting parking structures and tents to field hospitals to meet the surge of the COVID 19 virus, these structures might serve for compartmentation. That said, don’t overlook the outdoors as a place to work more regularly—even with screens—Landscape Forms’ latest collaboration with Kem Studios the “Upfit” system may work well as a means of creating more human friendly partitioning.

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Add Years of Life to Aged Roofs

Extend the life of aged roofs with Garland’s LiquiTec fluid-applied waterproofing system built to form a virtually impenetrable surface over modified bitumen, metal and single-ply systems for years of added waterproofing protection. This two-component, 100% solids, aliphatic polyurea coating contains zero VOCs, is extremely low odor, and cures quickly to form a highly durable, impact and UV resistant membrane. LiquiTec can also be used as a repair material for maintenance applications and is easily applied by brush, roller and squeegee.

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Top it Off with a Wood Grain Powder-Coated Finish

Wood you believe? DesignRail from Feeney makes it easy for you to have the beautiful look of wood with the durability of powder-coated aluminum.

The DesignRail from Feeney features:

  • AAMA 2604 ultra-durable powder-coating with dye-sublimation wood grain pattern
  • 10-year warranty, same as other DesignRail powder-coated components
  • Available on Series 150 and Series 200 top rail profiles, 10 ft. and 20 ft. lengths
  • 3 color options: Cherry, Walnut and Weathered Gray

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Modular 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles

Bison Wood Tiles offer the design flexibility to create versatile, unique rooftop environments. This independently tested system allows rooftop decks to be installed quickly and easily. Since alignment and material layout are paramount to the connection between architecture and landscape, OJB Landscape Architecture collaborated with Bison to create custom 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles to align to the typical five-foot architectural mullion spacing for Partner’s HealthCare Administrative Campus in Sommerville, MA. Bison now offers these beautiful Ipê Wood Tiles as a standard surface option! The 30”x30” Ipê Wood Tiles have a smooth surface, 10 top running planks, and each Tile weighs only 34 pounds.

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