Our response to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has created new social, economic, and physical space challenges and realities, both immediate and long-term. Here at Ellenzweig, we recognize and are responding to these new challenges.
Of course, the health and safety of our staff was, and continues to be, paramount in every decision we have made and will make regarding the operation of our practice throughout this crisis. In mid-March, we all began working from our homes, seamlessly remoting into our computer network.
All of our internal communication and project work—both existing and new since the onset of the virus—has continued via remote platforms including GoToMeeting, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Webex. Our clients have all instituted these same working methodologies, resulting in highly effective collaboration and successful performance.
We are closely monitoring the guidelines, protocols, and requirements set forth by local, state, and federal agencies; we will continue to make informed, careful decisions that protect our own health as well as that of our clients, project team members, and the community at large.
Our planning and design thinking has now broadened to address the future realities presented by this, and in all probability, future pandemics. We are exploring new planning and building systems strategies that can ensure safe, yet still flexible laboratories and teaching spaces. We are reviewing how the social and operational benefits of open office and collaboration spaces can still be utilized or modified without jeopardizing occupant health. With regard to space planning, in general, there are undoubtedly paradigm shifts on the horizon.
As we have always been in our approach to building design, Ellenzweig is committed to sustainable, innovative, thoughtful solutions that meet the moment and the future. We see today’s public health challenge as an opportunity to redouble our commitment to our clients to design places and spaces that promote health and wellness for the building occupants.
In the coming months, look to this section for our emerging design innovations.