A Message to AIA Austin and Austin Foundation for Architecture Members and Friends Regarding COVID-19 Coronavirus

 

Dear AIA Austin Members and Allied Members,

Please see AIA National's COVID-19 Building Re-occupancy Assessment Tool here.

The City of Austin issued a Frequently Asked Questions document on Friday, May 1, to address questions relating to Governor Abbot's Plan to Reopen Texas, announced April 27. Regarding the construction industry, it states:

  • How do the Governor’s orders impact/change the direction/guidance that the City has for the construction industry?
    The guidance, signage, and requirements issued by the City to the construction industry remain the same. The City will not impose a civil or criminal penalty for violations of the face covering requirement.

More information can be found on the City of Austin website here.

Be well!

Ingrid

 

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Current requirements for Austin Stay Home Work Safe Construction:

  • Requirement that workers wear face coverings in addition to maintaining a 6-foot physical distance
  • Staggered shifts for sites with more than 10 active workers
  • Daily briefings reiterating COVID-19 safety requirements and personal protective equipment check
  • Mandated hand-washing with hand-washing stations and restroom facility placement at least six feet apart
  • Provision of single-use disposable paper towels and no-touch trash receptacles
  • Designation of a COVID-19 Safety Monitor

Although Development Services Department inspectors will not be issuing citations, they will be monitoring sites for compliance and supporting educational efforts to ensure worker safety. We will look to your Site Managers and Safety Monitors to ensure all workers are following the City’s Safe Distancing and Face Covering Requirements and following all necessary hygiene practices.

AIA offers an incredible amount of information for members regarding the economic outlook, legislation and relief, and business planning, including SBA loansdetailed resources on delay claims. Send your feedback and ideas to feedback@aia.org.

Ingrid

 

Latest Stay Home Work Safe Order and Analysis

Allensworth & Porter Analysis 4_13_2020

City of Austin Stay Home Work Safe Order 4_13_2020

 

Ingrid Spencer
Executive Director
AIA Austin and Austin Foundation for Architecture

 

To read what other firms are sending out and to share your firm's documents, use our shared COVID-19 Firm Resources folder.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

LOCAL

Travis County Resources and Information

COVID-19 City of Austin Resources for Architects The Development Services Department COVID-19 page. Of note: Austin Energy and Austin Water walk-ins are suspended through April 1; most DSD services and submissions are available through email.

COVID-19 Austin Chamber Resources for Small Businesses

Texas Society of Architects COVID-19 Resources

City of Austin COVID-19 Info Page includes information for individuals and businesses, including telehealth options (under the 'You and Your Family' tab) and current business restrictions and advice (under 'Businesses')

 

NATIONAL

AIA National COVID-19 Building Re-occupancy Assessment Tool

AIA National Letter on Earth Day

AIA National example of CA Policy 

AIA State COVID-19 Executive Order Exemptions

AIA State Disaster Recovery 3_31_2020

Architect Standard of Care Relative to Site Visits during the COVID-19 Pandemic

AIA Summary of CARES Act for Architecture Firms and Employees

COVID-19 Resources from AIA National General resources and best practice advice on financial planning, telework, etc.

AIA Architect: How Firms are Responding to COVID-19 Interviews with principals around the country on how they are adapting to public health distancing practices.

Small Business Administration loans for small businesses hit by COVID-19

 

GENERAL RESOURCES

Governing.com article Will State Preemption Leave Cities More Vulnerable?

Architectural Record article How will the COVID-19 Relief Package Affect Architects 4_3_2020

AEI National Coronavirus Response

Andy Slavitt Podcast

Article from Mass Design Group about Designing Spaces for Infection Control

Article about Social Distancing from Washington Post A widely shared, easy-to-understand explainer on "flattening the curve."

For information from the World Health Organization on how COVID-19 spreads and how to prevent it, please go here. Current information can be found here.