The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released a new resource and 3D illustrations for election administrators that provides strategies for reducing COVID-19 transmission risk in polling places.
Developed in an effort to protect voters and polling place workers on election day, the resource provides architectural, engineering, operational, and administrative strategies election administrators and polling place workers can employ—as well as modify—for polling places and voting centers. Produced by Corgan, 3D illustrations provide concrete examples for how the strategies can be implemented and laid out in spaces large and small.
Strategies were developed using current public health information, industrial hygiene practices, as well as the AIA’s Re-occupancy Assessment Tool, which provides a framework of strategies for making buildings safer during the pandemic. Additional strategies—for restrooms and staff break rooms—are available in AIA’s report, Reopening America: Strategies for Safer Offices.
AIA produced the resource with guidance from its Disaster Assistance Committee and input from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration Engineers (ASHRAE) Epidemic Task Force, Auburn University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the University of Rhode Island (URI).