Space Use

  • International WELL Building Institute Launches WELL v2


    The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) launched the latest version of the WELL Building Standard in September of 2020.

  • Expediting Laboratory Design Within a Changing Environment


    The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the need for the research community to respond quickly to changing markets and to understand the value of laboratory spaces that are flexible, adaptable, and scalable. We’ve seen stadiums converted to makeshift hospitals, “drive-through” testing sites pop up in vacant parking lots, and testing laboratories continually ramp up production to expedite results. This quick-thinking behavior has been inspiring to witness but daunting to execute. Laboratories, by nature, are among the most complex building typologies, where the utmost importance is protecting both the health and safety of their occupants and the integrity of the research. The complexities of the resulting design can be challenging to undertake, but when faced with the extreme circumstances of a pandemic, it is possible to expedite the process with a combination of strategies.

  • The COVID Consultants℠ and BEST Launch COVIDefender™ Student Housing Portal


    The COVID Consultants℠ and Better Efficiency Solutions & Technologies LLC (BEST) launched the COVIDefender™ Student Housing Portal in August 2020.

  • 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.

  • UC Davis Health Consolidates Administrative Offices to Enhance Efficiency and Collaboration


    UC Davis Health will renovate an existing 194,000-sf facility to provide consolidated administrative space in Rancho Cordova, Calif.

  • Workspace Designed for Diversity and Inclusivity


    Northwestern Mutual recently completed a headquarters project that uses built spaces to support diversity and inclusion among people with different work styles, disabilities, generational differences, genders, and body shapes. Architects followed the principles of universal design, and facilities designers used innovative furniture and varied spaces to accommodate differences among employees and to increase user engagement and productivity.

  • 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.

  • Employing Intelligent Building Design and IoT to Maintain Environmental Safety and Confidence in Facilities


    Building automation systems (BAS), computerized maintenance management systems, data analytics software, and human motion modeling software are being reimagined to allow people to safely occupy their workspaces during the COVID-19 pandemic, by collecting data in new ways and sharing it like never before. Data can be made available on dashboards and mobile devices to inform the countless decisions occupants make in the course of their workday—including choosing a route to their office, an elevator, a desk, or a restroom—all with the lens of maintaining social distances and maximizing sanitation.

  • Pivotal, Optum, and Array Analytics Offer Webinar on Planning for the Future of Healthcare


    Pivotal is partnering with Optum and Array Analytics to offer a live webinar at 12:00 PM (EDT) on July 29, 2020.

  • 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.