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BSA/SCUP College & University Roundtable: Healthy Campus Buildings


Image: Niusha Arndt Assoc. AIA, BSA/SCUP

  • COST

    Free for BSA members, $20 General admission. Learn more about membership options here.

  • TYPE

    Knowledge Community



One registration for one, two or all three sessions of this "mini-symposium" on Healthy Buildings Post-COVID.

Session 01: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Healthy Buildings from the Perspective of Health Professionals
1 LU/HSW AIA credit available pending approval

Covid-19 has put a new focus on our overall health and well-being. This session will address Healthy Building design from a healthcare perspective. The presenters will outline the value of an updated disaster/emergency preparedness plan and the benefits of a psychological contract with students to support their continued health and well-being. They will give an overview of healthcare guidelines for healthy spaces and how those can translate to higher education spaces. Utilizing evidence-based design for healthcare settings, they will provide examples for how these tools can be used effectively in higher education settings. They will review design and flow considerations for various space typologies. Considering Universal Design and issues of equity, diversity and inclusion, they will suggest ways to support the overall wellbeing of users across campus.

Paula Buick
, RN and Healthcare Planner, Anser Advisory
Diana Anderson
, MD, ACHA and Thought Leader for Jacobs, Geriatric Neurology Fellow, VA Boston Healthcare System
Debi McDonald FAIA , New England Higher Ed Market Sector Leader, Jacobs; Co-Chair BSA/SCUP Committee

Session 02: 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Engineering Healthy Campus Buildings Post-Covid
1 LU/HSW AIA credit available pending approval

Recently, there has been significant consideration of the impacts of Covid-19 on the design of future engineering systems for campus buildings. This session will review healthy building considerations, reviewing six air systems considerations: air filtration, air exchange / fresh air rates, humidity control, pressurization, UV light and air quality monitoring. The presenters will consider ASHRAE requirements and how to utilize the new ASHRAE 62 tool. Strategies for addressing temporary and permanent improvements to air quality within buildings will be discussed. Ways of addressing air quality issues in both new and existing building systems will be addressed. The presenters will utilize recent case studies to demonstrate applications for the proposed considerations.

John Swift, Principal, Buro Happold
Patrick Duffy
, Principal, BR+A
Bryan Rydingsward
, Associate Principal, BR+A
Patrick Murphy, Sustainability Director, R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP; BSA/SCUP Committee

Session 03: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Case study: New Health/Science/Technology Building at Lehigh University
1 LU/HSW AIA credit available pending approval

The new 181,000 gsf Health/Science/Technology Building at Lehigh University was a collaboration between HGA Architects and R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP. This new innovative, flexible, and sustainably designed research facility will support chemistry, biology and materials science and the new administrative home for the College of Health. The facility is targeting LEED Gold and Fitwel certifications. This case study will highlight the benefits of considering health and wellness issues from the beginning of a project to provide the best results.

Scott Lebow AIA, Associate Vice President, HGA Architects & Engineers
Gabriella Henkels
, Sustainability Project Manager, R.G. Vanderweil Engineers, LLP

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM
Wrap Up

Debi McDonald FAIA, Jacobs, Co-Chair BSA/SCUP