Health and Safety in Hospitality and Retail

Designing public places in a post-pandemic world
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Sponsored by Bison Innovative Products, CornellCookson, Mitsubishi Electric, and Tamlyn
By Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP
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Hospitality and retail buildings have been the focus of a lot of design and planning efforts to make them safer and healthier both during and after the recent pandemic. Outdoor spaces have become more prized and made possible with modular, pedestal deck systems. HVAC systems have been upgraded using VRF technology coupled with high-performance ventilation. Durable, cleanable surfaces have become the norm for interior and exterior surfaces and trim. Security has been enhanced using updated designs for overhead doors and grilles. Altogether, these and other design strategies are helping architects to meet the challenges of a post-pandemic world.


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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in June 2021


Health and Safety in Hospitality and Retail
Buyer's Guide
Rooftop Deck Systems
Bison pedestals are manufactured in Denver with 20 percent post-industrial recycled materials and have patented features that improve performance and stability. These versatile, adjustable-height pedestal deck systems create level rooftop decks over sloped surfaces, support a variety of different surface materials, and can be installed over any structural surface.
Bison Innovative Products
Security Door
The StoreDefender Door is specifically designed for a moderate attack of three or more bad actors with hand tools in a retail application. It features an 18-gauge curtain, 6-inch heavy-duty bottom bar, tamper-resistant fasteners, and continuous cast end locks that keep the curtain in the guides during crowd pressure.
High-Performance Commercial Ventilation
A high-performance energy-recovery ventilator, Lossnay® RVX uses a low-maintenance, cross-flow energy-exchange core constructed of a specially treated cellulose fiber membrane to perform temperature and humidity exchange. Designed to help meet ventilation and indoor air-quality requirements, the RVX can also adjust fan speeds for demand-control ventilation. MERV 16 filters available.
Mitsubishi Electric
Extruded Aluminum Trim
Clean, modern lines can be achieved by using extruded aluminum trim in projects—and it can save money. With lumber prices currently through the roof, aluminum is a budget-friendly option that can bring projects to new levels with the many finish options that are available.