Dear AIA Austin Members and Allied Members,

 

Austin's Mayor Adler issued several executive orders related to the course of the current Covid 19 pandemic. The most recent version of these orders was issued August 14, 2020. This version of the order can be found on the City's website linked here.

As was the case for previous orders, the Mayor has extended many city deadlines. The verbiage regarding this extension can be found in Section 7-City Deadlines. This latest order extends city deadlines until March 15, 2021. We have received a recent clarification that a representative from a project must contact city staff in order for the deadline to be extended. The City is not automatically updating the dates within their systems to reflect the extension. Therefore, it is our recommendation that you contact your case managers or coordinating reviewers to request that your deadlines be extended to the March 15, 2021 date for any project where the deadline is a concern.

The Advocacy Committee is working to clarify how city staff are handling other aspects of this deadline extension related to our projects. As more information becomes available, we will share with our membership.

SECTION 7. City Deadlines.

Notwithstanding the expiration of this Order, all deadlines and expiration dates for site plans, subdivisions, zoning, building permits, and similar development applications or permits are extended until March 15, 2021, or the date they would have normally expired, whichever is later. All other deadlines or expiration dates imposed by City code, ordinance, rule, or regulation remain in effect as provided by the code provision, rule, or regulation, unless otherwise extended by separate order or ordinance. A manufacturer that retools its business for the primary purpose of manufacturing and producing ventilators, masks, personal protective equipment, or any supplies necessary for Healthcare Operations and Critical Infrastructure may apply for a temporary permit or temporary change of use permit for such manufacturing. The Building Official may suspend any City ordinance, order or regulation which would prevent a manufacturer from retooling its business to produce such equipment in the official's sole discretion, and the official's decision on approving the permit is final.

The City of Austin recently issued new Emergency Rules. These rules include specific requirements for construction sites and broader requirements for all work sites and individuals. Please review the Notice of Emergency Rule Adoption - Public Health Authority Rules and ensure these practices are used consistently at work sites you are involved with.

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

Please see AIA National's Reopening America: Strategies for safer buildings Guide here. Please see AIA National's COVID-19 Building Re-occupancy Assessment Tool here.

Be well!

Ingrid

 

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Current requirements for Austin Stay Home Work Safe Construction.

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

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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.