The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has just released strategies, illustrations, and 3D design models in order to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 in schools. In an effort to assist education officials with reopening schools during the pandemic, the design guidelines are part of the AIA’s initiative “Reopening America: Strategies for Safer Buildings”. While the world is still determining whether K-12 schools will reopen this fall, the AIA’s team, including architects, public health experts, engineers, and facility managers, investigated and assessed the risks in K-12 schools. The study concluded with developed strategies to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The report comprising 3D design models, produced by VMDO Architects, and detailed strategies for classrooms and corridors, also contains a report that provides additional considerations for entrances, gymnasiums, assembly spaces, cafeterias, restrooms and staff spaces such as offices.
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