• University of North Dakota Plans Nistler College of Business and Public Administration


    The University of North Dakota is planning to break ground in fall of 2020 on the $70 million Nistler College of Business and Public Administration in Grand Forks.

  • Songbird Life Science Provides COVID-19 Testing Service for Facilities


    Songbird Life Science has launched a COVID-19 testing and health-protection service for facilities. Promoting public confidence in the occupancy of shared spaces, the company offers rapid onsite testing that provides results in minutes. 

  • Fitwel Launches Viral Response Module


    Fitwel launched its Viral Response module in July of 2020. The platform provides annual, third-party building certification of policies and practices informed by the latest public health research on mitigating the spread of infectious diseases.

  • United States Conference of Mayors Approves Healthy Buildings Resolution


    The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) approved a healthy buildings resolution in June of 2020. "Advancing Healthy Buildings in the Fight Against COVID-19" will support the implementation of integrated solutions for the design and operation of public facilities.

  • Mechanical System Solutions to Help Mitigate Spread of COVID


    Communities, corporations, and educational institutions are drafting plans to reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, employing policies around personal protective equipment; keeping a 6-foot distance from co-workers, peers, and clients; and reconfiguring their physical spaces. Another potential mitigation strategy is to adjust a facility’s mechanical system to better protect the occupants, though that should not be considered the primary solution, cautions Michael Walsh, PE, LEED AP, senior mechanical engineer and principal at R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP. “There’s no silver bullet,” he says.

  • Arc Skoru Launches Re-Entry Platform for Building Reoccupancy During the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic


    Arc Skoru has launched the Arc Re-Entry platform to support the safe reoccupancy of buildings during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Providing facilities owners and managers with a set of tools for data acquisition and analysis, Arc Re-Entry can be used to:

  • LEO A DALY Releases Report on Reoccupancy Strategies for Academic Campuses


    LEO A DALY published a white paper in June of 2020 detailing strategies for academic campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Purdue University Announces Strategic Plan for Fall Reopening


    Purdue University released the "Protect Purdue" strategic reopening plan in June of 2020.

  • Research Labs Begin Phased Reopening


    While many campuses remain closed to undergraduate students, at least through the summer, researchers are beginning a phased return to their labs, with new safety protocols that include face masks and social distancing; guidelines for space usage and maintenance; and staggered work schedules. Institutions are requiring that researchers continue to do as much work as possible remotely, including writing, analyzing data, and conferring with colleagues. In order for research to fully resume, however, faculty need access to their labs, but they first must be trained in the new protocols and agree to adhere to them; failure to do so will results in the loss of lab access.

  • International WELL Building Institute Launches Health-Safety Rating for All Building Types


    The International WELL Building Institute launched the WELL Health-Safety Rating for all building and facility types in June of 2020.