Wexford’s Health Buildings Platform
While the full impact of COVID-19 on work and the workplace has yet to fully be determined, we believe there is still significant value in the ability to cluster near others within an innovation ecosystem and that Knowledge Communities will continue to be critical elements for universities, entrepreneurs, companies, communities, and their regional economies.
Importantly, health and safety have become the watchwords of the day for employers and employees and the buildings they work in must reinforce this. We are deeply engaged with our architect, construction, and building management partners to outline how to best enable our buildings and larger Knowledge Communities to handle this changed environment by becoming more flexible, adaptable, sustainable, and technologically capable.
As part of this effort, we have developed a set of operating guidelines for each of our existing buildings as well as design principles for future projects. While some principles, such as “6-foot office” and enhanced cleaning procedures are becoming standard, other methodologies will develop over time, driven by the epidemiology of COVID-19, the behavioral trends of populations, state and local health mandates, and company needs for the safety, productivity, and interaction of their employees. As we learn more, we will continue to evolve Wexford’s response, operating, and design standards.
Currently, we are focused on three major principles: Flexible, Adaptable Design; Healthy Buildings and Operations; and Safely Maintaining a Sense of Community.
For additional questions on our Healthy Buildings Platform please contact our team.