As building owners, operators, and developers adapt to a hybrid work model, creating a welcoming office space is more important than ever. In an article for Propmodo’s Perspectives series, ESD now Stantec Senior Acoustics Project Manager Scott Hamilton shares his views on the evolution of the open office and why acoustics play such a critical role to the health, comfort, and productivity of returning workers. (Learn more about open office design.)
As people return to their offices, changes to air quality in the built environment will help create safer spaces.
Kurt Karnatz and Saagar Patel offered insights about this topic during a Gensler panel on indoor air quality, and the duo also contributed to the Gensler blog, “An Air Filtration Primer for Building Owners and Developers.” Karnatz and Patel, along with other panelists, pointed out that to consider indoor air quality as a way to mitigate the spread of viruses, the first step is to determine how air quality impacts viruses and other air-driven pathogens. Other points expressed included that building owners should look to standardized measuring systems to assess air quality, along with the fact that air filtration systems can be an important element in the mitigation of the effects of pathogens.