Webinar Recordings


A Safe Return to Research Laboratories
Delivered June 10, 2020
Presented by Moderator: Karen Lu, President, AIA Minnesota and Senior Associate, Snow Kreilich Architects | Speakers: Anna Pravinata, President-Elect, AIA Minnesota, and Principal, Alliiance; Mary Jo Spector, Director of Research Facilities Design, Construction, and Maintenance, Florida State University; Scott DeBlaze, Executive Director, Assistant Dean, Space Planning, Real Estate Management and Architectural Services, University of Chicago Medical Center & Biological Sciences Division, Pritzker School of Medicine
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Florida State University, University of Chicago

This webinar was hosted by American Institute of Architects Minnesota, with content collaborator The Society of College and University Planning.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for laboratory environments. Labs were shut down in a matter of days to follow the “stay-at-home” order. As some states announce reopening plans, this will allow researchers whose work requires physical presence to advance research goals or grant requirements to reopen their labs.

As we look forward to the reopening of labs post-COVID-19, this webinar will provide some considerations that will guide the creation of a safe and healthy lab environment as well as discussions on real challenges from universities’ perspectives.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Assess the re-design of research labs using safe distancing guidelines in order to protect workers from the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
  2. Identify other key design elements of a safe and healthy lab environment.
  3. Develop strategies to re-open research labs safely, avoiding the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
  4. Examine and compare the plans to reopen university research labs from the perspectives of university representatives.

Continuing Education Credits: This seminar has been approved for 1 AIA Health Safety Welfare Learning Unit. Please apply through The American Institute of Architects – Minnesota.

Recorded June 10, 2020.

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