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Employee Rituals Inform Change Communication

Rituals have the ability to reduce anxiety in the people who use them. Whether it is how we psych ourselves up for a big pitch or attend a networking event, rituals help to calm nerves in uncertain situations, set a tone for a day or moment, and strengthen bonds between team members. But rituals require […]

WELL Building Standards Post COVID-19

As we are experiencing the beginning steps of returning to the workplace, many are wondering what the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are on the spaces in which we spend so much of our waking time: the office. It is clear that a focus on building occupants’ health and well-being will outlast today’s virus. […]

Antimicrobial Products vs. Sustainability

For decades, sustainability has been a key element of architectural design; since COVID-19 appeared, discussions around antimicrobial materials have surpassed sustainable products in popularity. But are they really the solution?  Understanding the lifespan of coronavirus on surfaces may not improve the way we design healthy work environments. However, it could guide us towards protocols that […]

Evolution of Spatial Standards Post-COVID-19

People throughout modern history have studied how the body relates to the built environment. From da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man (c 1490) to Neufert’s Architects’ Data (1936) the desire to use geometric shapes to describe the human form and the space around it is evident. The human body and its relation to space create spatial standards, […]

Engineering Controls for a Safer Workplace

The CDC’s Hierarchy of Controls lists the most effective to least effective solutions for protecting people from a hazard. Unsurprisingly, eliminating the hazard is the most effective solution, while PPE is the least effective. PPE should only be utilized in instances where none of the other controls are feasible. In the middle of the CDC’s […]

Guide to a Touchless Environment

Incorporating motion activated technology and reducing hand-to-surface contact, through antimicrobial films and acrylic screens, will aid in stopping the spread. Hopefully, by reducing potential exposure, employees can regain their confidence in returning to work. These options and more are offered as potential solutions for companies in our white paper “Adapting your Office in the Wake […]

Design Thinking During a Pandemic

Like many other companies, VC left the office and began working from home in mid-March and continues to do so today. With the halting of non-essential construction on March 17th, any project in construction immediately went on hold. When so much of what VC does involves being in person working with materials, meeting with clients, […]