From AIA National June 16, 2020
To say a lot has been going on over the last two weeks is an understatement. Where we are now—amid an ongoing pandemic and, simultaneously, protesting around the world to dismantle systemic racial injustice and discrimination—is our new normal. All this as states continue to move forward with plans to reopen. This week’s email is a collection of resources to help promote health, safety, and welfare, whether you’re planning a move back to the office, supporting clients, or on the front lines.
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AIA launched two new reports that showcase design as a public health solution. Strategies for Safer Offices and Strategies for Safer Retail Stores both contain science-based design strategies and 3D models that can be implemented immediately to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Arup’s Future of Offices: in a Post-Pandemic World looks at trends and developments that will impact workplaces well into the future. The latest video from AIA Contract Documents covers design considerations for reopening offices and workspaces. We’ve known how to make healthier buildings for decades, and The Verge thinks COVID-19 may be the push we need to make that a reality. Summer camps may be closed this summer, but this collection of activities and resources can help keep your children entertained.
On June 25, AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker shares the latest economic data and its impact on firms, including data from the May 2020 Architecture Billings Index (release date June 24). Webinar registration required. McKinsey has two new resources, The Next Normal in Construction and their June 11 Executive Briefing on COVID-19’s implications for business.
On June 3, Congress passed substantive reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program for the first time. This article by AIA’s advocacy team shares all the details you need regarding extensions, deferrals, and requirements.
What’s next for the building industry? Architects and green building experts weigh in on BuildingGreen. This AIA Contract Documents video shares what firms should think about as they consider reopening offices. Many small firms don’t have a business plan. This template from the Small Firm Exchange is evergreen and can help you get started.
On June 17, Deltek is hosting a virtual launch webinar to share results from the 41st Annual Deltek Clarity A&E study. On June 23 and 24, AIA is partnering with Architectural Record to offer six continuing education webinars. Attend one or multiple sessions. Of interest is Managing Your Firm Through a Crisis, which is June 23 at 11am. And on July 1, Deltek will share top financial management trends in the A&E industry. (Registration required for all events.)
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Next month, three AIA Knowledge Communities are hosting free live courses. CCA is convening a panel of small firm leaders to discuss the effects of COVID-19 and industry impact. An upcoming AAH course will cover lessons learned from a team that completed 31 outpatient centers using modular and prefab techniques. And HCD is exploring public policy actions design professionals can take to strengthen local communities. Knowledge Communities provide a variety of ways to learn and connect with your peers—join one of 21 KCs today!