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INSIGHTS:  A DISCUSSION ABOUT “PUBLIC SPACE” DESIGN

Gaddis Architect specializes in all phases of commercial and commercial retail design, design management and construction. If maximizing the success of your business by optimizing the performance of your store, or commercial space design is a goal, then attending the following “Insights” could provide some very real benefits. Many common, and some not so common, design challenges are analyzed. Solutions aimed at increasing retail traffic, creating visual presence in various environments, and expressing not only a particular shopping experience but also the business’s brand, are presented. We think that all design is, on some level at least, retail design.  Please scroll on, start a dialogue, contact us anytime.

HVAC for COVID19: Is there an easy answer?

Can ventilation prevent the spread of Covid19?  We have been hearing about how improving an HVAC system – in particular the ventilation – can prevent the spread of Covid19.  It is often generalized that throwing  money at the problem will stop the spread, that updating/replacing an HVAC system can render an indoor environment safe.  If only it were true?  The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, also known as ASHRAE, an often referred to authority and standard setter for all things HVAC, has summarized the situation in their “Position Document on Infectious Aerosols:” telling us under “PRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR BUILDING OWNERS, OPERATORS, AND ENGINEERS” that:

“Even the most robust HVAC system cannot control all air flows and completely prevent dissemination of an infectious aerosol or disease transmission by droplets or aerosols. An HVAC system’s impact will depend on source location, strength of the source, distribution of the released aerosol, droplet size, air distribution, temperature, relative humidity, and filtration.  Furthermore, there are multiple modes and circumstances under which disease transmission occurs. Thus, strategies for prevention and risk mitigation require collaboration among designers, owners, operators, industrial hygienists, and infection prevention specialists…”

Are there practical measures?  If it is not possible to avoid transmitting COVID19, are there some practical measures that can help mitigate the problem?  There are several products out there with UV lights that can be either plugged in and place on the floor of a space, or are designed to be placed in ductwork.  These can make sense in certain applications, but generally are application specific, like health care for example.  If they are applied to general applications, like an office, there can be some benefit but no guarantees.  If one reads the fine print on these products, there is usually a disclaimer releasing the manufacturer from responsibility.  Also UV lights take an extended period of exposure to be effective, meaning there is no benefit for typical circulation types of traffic.  Another possibility is to increase the MERV level of HVAC filters.  This can have an impact on how an existing system functions or a new one is designed, so it is best to consult a professional before proceeding with any modifications.  In the end there is still no substitute proper PPE.

So what can be done?  Larry Anderson, HVAC blogger and Editor of  HVACInformed.com, suggests what amounts to general good practice strategies:  filter indoor air, supply clean outdoor air, and exhaust contaminates.  He points to the aforementioned  ASHRAE Position Document on Airborne Infectious Diseases which recommends that

 “…owners, operators and engineers should collaborate with infection prevention specialists knowledgeable about transmission of infection in the community and the workplace and about strategies for prevention and risk mitigation.”

I would encourage any property owner or business, whether small or large,  to read the entire document before proceeding with an HVAC improvement project,  and further to work with a professional at finding the best solution according to their particular situation.

What about innovations?  Recently a contractor brought up a product called “Phenomenal Aire.”  It is a cold plasma generator that, when installed in an HVAC system uses ionization to “scrub” airborne particles.  There appears to be much recommending this product, but not necessarily the type in general.  ASHRAE is advising caution as ozone production is one side effect – there are others – of the ionization process and can be a problem.  Further, since there is not yet a industry standard MOT (method of testing), they counsel anyone considering an installation to verify that the proposed product has, at least, been tested according to UL2998 which determines that harmful ozone is not a problem.   By way of an update, as of 3/3/21 we have been in contact with the manufacturer’s representative for “Phenomenal Aire.”  We are told that the Phenomenal Aire meets UL867 and has been submitted for testing according to UL2998.  Although the test has been delayed because of a backlog caused by Covid19, it is expected to meet this standard.

And don’t forget?  It is always a good idea to insure that an existing system is in good repair and operating according to manufacturers recommendations.

Hello New “Sub-Urbanism:” Market & Design Trends Before, After, & Way Way After COVID19 Part VI?

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Survive Now, Thrive Later:  Brick-and-Mortar Retail After Coronavirus…
From dead mall to Amazon warehouse: ……
Physical Retail Isn’t Dead.  Boring Retail Is
RETAIL:  2020 U.S. Real Estate Market Outlook
Post COVID-19 lockdown retail trends predictions
8 Ways the Retail Landscape May Change After Coronavirus
Expert Opinions:  Retail Predictions 2020
Reimagining stores for retail’s next normal
We’re in it Together – Identifying Who is ‘Essential’ Curing COVID-19
New trend report:  Frontier(less) Retail
What will bring consumers back to brick-and-mortar stores?
Brick and mortar’s next chapter
Why Digital Retailers Are Opening Brick-and-Mortar Stores
Why web retailers are so keen on physical stores
ICSC Keynote:  Opportunities in the Ever-Changing Retail Climate
Can shopping malls survive the coronavirus pandemic and a new slate of permanent store closings
COVID-19:  The ultimate wake-up call for bricks & mortar retail
Leaving the Nest:  One Good Tern is Closing its Doors
Where Will TJX Companies Be in 5 Years?
Cprpmavoris Changed Everything.  Except T.J. Maxx
7 retail and CPG predictions from Nielsen for 2020 and beyond
Retail 2020:  Seven Trends Impacting Brick &amp:  Mortar Retailers
Brookfield Properties Introduces Contactless Fitting Experience At Three Malls
Nancy Pollard reflects on la cuisine’s legacy
The Optics Conundrum
Why Brands are Converting to Click and Mortar
Cheap real estate sours Chuck E.’s cheese
Sterling Bay Ramping Up Industrial Development Even In The Face Of COVID-19 
2020 Retail Trends
Stability Amid Uncertainty
3 Ways Retail Can Survive the Impact of COVID-19
Expert Opinions:  Retail Predictions 2020
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Hello New “Sub-Urbanism:” Market & Design Trends Before, After, & Way Way After COVID19 Part V?

Five Signs That Stores (Not E-Commerce) Are The Future Of Retail
Are big Box retailer going too small with new concept stores?
Survive Now, Thrive Later:  Brick-and-Mortar Retail After Coronavirus…
From dead mall to Amazon warehouse: ……
Physical Retail Isn’t Dead.  Boring Retail Is
RETAIL:  2020 U.S. Real Estate Market Outlook
Post COVID-19 lockdown retail trends predictions
8 Ways the Retail Landscape May Change After Coronavirus
Expert Opinions:  Retail Predictions 2020
Reimagining stores for retail’s next normal
We’re in it Together – Identifying Who is ‘Essential’ Curing COVID-19
New trend report:  Frontier(less) Retail
What will bring consumers back to brick-and-mortar stores?
Brick and mortar’s next chapter
Why Digital Retailers Are Opening Brick-and-Mortar Stores
Why web retailers are so keen on physical stores
ICSC Keynote:  Opportunities in the Ever-Changing Retail Climate
Can shopping malls survive the coronavirus pandemic and a new slate of permanent store closings
COVID-19:  The ultimate wake-up call for bricks & mortar retail
Leaving the Nest:  One Good Tern is Closing its Doors
Where Will TJX Companies Be in 5 Years?
Cprpmavoris Changed Everything.  Except T.J. Maxx
7 retail and CPG predictions from Nielsen for 2020 and beyond
Retail 2020:  Seven Trends Impacting Brick &amp:  Mortar Retailers
Brookfield Properties Introduces Contactless Fitting Experience At Three Malls
Nancy Pollard reflects on la cuisine’s legacy
The Optics Conundrum
Why Brands are Converting to Click and Mortar
Cheap real estate sours Chuck E.’s cheese
Sterling Bay Ramping Up Industrial Development Even In The Face Of COVID-19 
2020 Retail Trends
Stability Amid Uncertainty
3 Ways Retail Can Survive the Impact of COVID-19
Expert Opinions:  Retail Predictions 2020

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