As we begin to lift shelter-in-place mandates, there are still unanswered questions and businesses struggling with how to adapt. One of the biggest concerns is how people will feel safe again. How will we ever feel comfortable attending a Chiefs game again? Going back to work? Traveling? The AEC community will play a pivotal role in gaining consumer confidence, not only by making changes to our buildings, but also in educating the public. Fortunately, KC is a hotbed of the world’s most respected engineering, architecture, design, and construction companies. This panel of thought leaders will share how building design can address consumer fear in three areas: social distancing, infection control through building systems, and operational tactics for a phased and secure return.
• VENUE/SPORTS: Nate Appleman, HOK – What will public spaces look like? How will crowds feel safe?
• WORKPLACE: Steve McDowell, BNIM -- How do we ensure our employees feel safe? What changes can we expect to see in our workplaces?
• TRAVEL/MASS TRANSIT: Ryan Gedney, HNTB -- Will our travel habits ever go back to normal?
• CONSUMER CONFIDENCE: Chad Nicholson, Barkley -- How are consumer needs and desires changing?
• Facilitators: Robin Broder, Henderson Engineers; and Maria Maffry, BNIM
Join our experts for their insight — with a focus on how COVID-19 has changed the view of building design — to help businesses overcome consumer fear as we attempt to get back to normal.