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Healthcare to High-Rise

Publication date:
July 1, 2020
Article Summary: 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light numerous challenges in communal living spaces like condominium buildings, prompting a reevaluation of design and behavioral norms to combat cross-contamination effectively. With a heightened awareness of disease transmission, there's a growing recognition of the need to adapt social behavior and architectural features to mitigate risks within these shared environments. Key areas such as elevators, lobbies, concierge desks, and other high-traffic zones emerge as focal points for intervention. To address these concerns, the implementation of touch-free solutions stands out as a pivotal strategy. Touchless technology not only minimizes direct contact but also reduces the potential for surface transmission, thereby bolstering overall hygiene standards.

Moreover, the integration of hand sanitizer dispensers and electronic screens for information dissemination can serve as additional layers of defense. Hand sanitizers strategically placed throughout common areas promote regular hand hygiene practices, while electronic screens offer a platform for real-time updates and reminders regarding health protocols. Furthermore, the consideration of materials with antimicrobial properties underscores a proactive approach to surface hygiene management. By selecting surfaces that naturally inhibit the growth of microorganisms, condominiums can create environments that are inherently more resistant to contamination.

Exploring innovations like hands-free door operators and controls in washrooms and change rooms represents another frontier in infection control. By minimizing touchpoints in these frequently used spaces, residents can navigate their surroundings with reduced risk of exposure. However, it's imperative to underscore that the efficacy of these measures hinges on diligent maintenance and cleaning protocols. Establishing robust schedules for disinfection and upkeep ensures that protective measures remain effective over time.

In essence, the lessons gleaned from the COVID-19 pandemic underscore the importance of a multifaceted approach to cross-contamination in condominium buildings. By integrating behavioral adjustments with architectural interventions and technological innovations, communities can foster safer living environments that prioritize the health and well-being of residents.


COVID-19, cross-contamination, condominium buildings, social behavior, interior design, elevators, lobbies, concierge desks, touch-free solutions, hand sanitizer dispensers, electronic screens, antimicrobial materials, hands-free door operators, washrooms, change rooms, maintenance, cleaning schedules.

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Healthcare to High-Rise
July 1, 2020
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