The economic impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic have compounded the terrible toll of human suffering. Business losses, and the inevitable cost-cutting and travel restrictions associated with them, have had an immediate impact on conference centers, sports arenas, and public venues of all sizes.
Long-planned conferences, concerts, tradeshows, and sporting events have been canceled or postponed. Over 70% of recent tech conferences have shifted to a virtual format and at least 17 have been canceled. The Cancelled Music Events described at Billboard.com include more than 340 tours, festivals, and concerts.
The indelible human need for face-to-face exchange and the crammed calendar of postponed events may lead to a surge of activity in 2021. Consider these strategies to prepare a venue now for the new normal. All are available today and many will be essential tomorrow.
Cancellation clauses are essential. Contracts must be re-worded for clarity in the COVID-19 pandemic and any future health crises. While building operators face lost revenue, event managers risk paying for an unused venue. Those conflicting interests require planning scenarios that would be triggered by a resurgence, a case cluster, or a new health threat.
Events of all sizes will require cancellation insurance. Leases and booking contracts cannot avert pandemic risks. As facility and event managers seek to boost communicable disease coverage, insurers will be less likely to offer that in a standard form. Some may offer optional extensions. Regardless of format, underwriting is certain to include stringent terms and limitations.
Preparing a venue for pandemic threats and being ready to respond to and recover from outbreaks may be the most essential strategies of this new normal. For that effort, a facility can earn internationally recognized accreditation.
Venues of all sizes in more than 64 countries are working toward GBAC STAR™ accreditation. Documented achievement of GBAC’s 20-point cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program can build public trust and earn the confidence of attendees and employees.
The Baseline Property Condition Assessments described in ASTM E2018-15 do not specify consideration of infectious disease transmission concerns. In a pandemic and post-pandemic environment, that inspection and documentation is essential.
Buildings open to the public must comply with local regulations. For best results and greatest public acceptance, any planning for building repairs and maintenance should not overlook current CDC and NIH guidelines.
Optionally, ecoPreserve's can assist with a comprehensive GBAC STAR™ Accreditation which extends beyond the building to include the goals, actions, equipment, and supplies needed to implement best practices for outbreak prevention, response, and recovery.
Disaster resilience requires a select toolset, identified, adapted, or created as needed based on planning calls and inclusive workshop participation.
Business and government organizations today are confronted by threat categories that range from drought to flood, from fire to hurricane, and extend globally to pandemics and sea level rise. Threat categories are broad and diverse, but ecoPreserve and collaborating organizations design resiliency tools for specific local context.
Local needs are identified and verified. Building from that essential understanding, tools are designed, tested in pilot programs, refined, then implemented through action plans.
ecoPreserve collaborates with major community and private organizations in optimizing the resiliency and resource efficiency of their workplaces, venues, and public spaces.
In response to ever-increasing environmental, sociopolitical, and public health challenges, we advocate for and participate in assessment and planning actions that directly address disaster preparations, recovery activities, infrastructure improvements, and smart building/city design.
ecoPreserve designs and leads workshops in varied formats, to achieve varied goals.
Often an event is held for skill and knowledge development, but some needs of an organization or community are better resolved through collaboration to identify requirements and to design solutions. A range of Disaster Resilience workshops are available for solutions planning and development, as well as for training and communication.
The report is prepared in accordance with the recommendations of ASTM E2018-15, Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessments. This is a partial list of contents:
Certified Sustainability Consultants on a facility assessment team can discover ways to lower energy costs. Their understanding of HVAC equipment suitability and condition along with the specifics of LED lighting retrofits can provide offsets for needed investments in upgrades and replacements.
Knowledge of water systems can bring further savings while averting water waste. It can all be part of an assessment which might otherwise overlook water fixtures and irrigation schedules.
A thorough facility assessment finds the issues - on the surface or below - which have a potential negative impact on the building. That brings the facility to meet building codes. Beyond that, the assessment proactively addresses the deficiencies not covered by code.
The occupants of a building benefit as the assessment reveals conditions having a potential impact on their health or safety. The assessment must not overlook those conditions, nor fail to consider the frequency and duration of occupant visits.