Facilities are beginning to reopen across the country, but offices, retail, educational facilities and community spaces face much uncertainty on how to do this safely and sufficiently, with wellness in mind.
To help, Quadrangle and Human Space have launched Wellness Ready, a program to support businesses as they adapt their buildings and interiors to create healthy environments, while also looking at long-term practices to foster relationships with employees and customers.
The program is rolled out in a three-stage approach that considers policies and protocols for health and safety, building performance, inclusion, wellness and good design.
Stage One: Assessing
This step examines current spaces and needs like business requirements, surveys and engagement, organizational policies, operational procedures and maintenance and cleaning. A space review includes, areas and use, occupant densities, common touch elements, circulation and flow and air quality and ventilation.
Stage Two: Define
The second stage defines protocol frameworks and spatial solutions. Organizational policies, operational procedures and maintenance and cleaning protocols are analyzed. Space and systems planning takes into account floor plan densities and distancing, zoning and use reconfigurations, circulation and directional flow, wayfinding systems, touch-free locations and technology and air quality and ventilation strategies.
Stage Three: Implementing
This stage considers training needs, spatial interventions and performance metrics and monitoring to ensure a business is prepared, informed and “wellness ready.” Training involves policy and protocol training, business communications, performance metrics and monitoring. Space intervention is a goal here, aiming to make updates and improvements to reconfigure and modify space, materials and product selection, graphics and signage, coordinate supply and install, air quality and ventilation changes and performance metrics and monitoring.