Amenta Emma principal Michael Tyre and BVH Integrated Services VP Richard Loveland co-authored an article for University Business on campuses striking a balance between commitments to sustainability and infection control measures implemented in response to COVID-19.
A prime example is HVAC systems. While fresh, circulated air is crucial to coping with airborne diseases, the energy output required for this is significant. Tyre and Loveland help administrators and facilities managers determine which upgrades to leave in place when the pandemic subsides.
“Living through COVID-19 will give a whole generation of administrators new questions to ask as they take on development projects,” Michael and Richard write. “Whether it’s a pandemic, a storm or something else we haven’t thought of yet, how is it going to work when a gym needs to be something other than a gym? Designing for flexibility will enable campuses to avoid making tough calls that compromise sustainability in the future.”