Webinar Recordings

Back to School Through the Lens of ASHRAE

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Delivered June 15, 2020
Presented by Hosts: Niusha Arndt, Designer, Perkins + Will, BSA/SCUP College + University Roundtable; Patrick Murphy, Associate Principal and Director of Sustainable Design, Vanderweil Engineers, BSA/SCUP College + University Roundtable | Moderator: Nancy May, Formerly Vice President, Facility & Operations Management, Northeastern University | Panelists: Susanna M. Baker, Director of Facilities & Space Planning, MIT Sloan School of Management; Bill Bahnfleth, Leader of ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force, Former President of ASHRAE (worldwide), Professor of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University
Planning Types: Campus Planning

Institutions referenced in this resource:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University

This is the third in a series of webinars, “Less Talk, More Action: Tactical Topics to Return to Campus,” jointly sponsored by SCUP’s North Atlantic Region, BSA, and their BSA/SCUP College + University Roundtable focused on the impact of COVID-19 on campuses.

As the fall semester approaches, college and university campuses are adjusting their facilities to create a safe environment for students and faculty who are returning to campus. Panelists Susanna M. Baker, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Bill Bahnfleth, ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) and Penn State University, discussed requirements for a typical campus upgrade and reviewed ASHRAE recommendations on improving campus safety in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They also addressed some of the unique challenges for an urban campus response to maintaining campus safety.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Discuss strategies to consider for use of existing campus facilities (instruction spaces, dining, housing, etc.).
  2. Discover ASHRAE recommendations for minimizing disease transmission in indoor spaces via HVAC systems.
  3. Consider possible modifications to the built environment to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission.
  4. Urban campus challenges and requirements for facilitating safety on campus.

Recorded June 15, 2020.