A comprehensive plan to adapt spaces and facilities is being developed to resume work at the University of Alicante
The plan includes a technical guide, pioneer in a public institution, with vertical and horizontal signs on campus and a database that allows adaptation of the buildings' capacity to meet current health standards
Alicante, Thursday 21 May 2020
The University of Alicante has developed a comprehensive plan to adapt spaces based on a technical guide and a database with the features of all its buildings. This will allow for the redistribution of spaces as required by the evolution of the pandemic.
Prepared by the Medical Service, this pioneering guide in a public institution, has been designed to adapt the UA spaces and facilities for the return of workers at the University of Alicante. The guide provides details on the general safety measures to be adopted for common spaces, as well as for areas of more restricted use, such as the installation of screens and the relocation of furniture and workstations in order to ensure the safety distance established by current legislation. The guide also includes an annex dedicated to signage, where both the Office for Campus Facilities and the Infrastructure Service are working on in order to adapt the guide to the real characteristics of each building. To achieve this, a great effort is being made to adapt it to each of the 54 buildings on campus, as well as to off-campus university venues.
Vertical and horizontal signs will be displayed to delimit waiting areas, the direction of traffic that will be unique in certain spaces, capacity or waiting distances, among many others. For the time being, the pilot plans for two of the most unique buildings on campus, lecture building No. 2 and the University Council and Administration Services building, have been completed.
From the Office for Campus Facilities and Infrastructures, they assure that this measure is going beyond the relevance while the pandemic is still raging. The signage will mean another step in the concept of Healthy University, of which the UA has always been a pioneering institutions. Signage can be very useful to assume and maintain certain healthy habits essential in certain periods such as those of seasonal flu.
According to architect Elia Gutiérrez, in charge of Campus Facilities Office, in order to assure the effectiveness of these measures, they have created a database that contains detailed information on the technical specifications and facilities of each space and building of the University of Alicante. The primary goal of this database has been to delimit the capacity of all university facilities effectively according to their size and the regulations in force and health criteria. In the description of the spaces, aspects such as ventilation, air conditioning, size, number of entries, possible location of furniture, etc. are being considered.
The new capacity of the offices and rooms will be developed in three phases: work spaces for administration and services staff, research laboratories and teaching spaces. Thanks to this tool, the University will be in a position to resolve its real teaching capacity at the beginning of the academic year according to the health criteria established at that time.
Moreover, this database has been the starting point for the installation of protective screens and other security measures, as well as for the establishment of distribution, control and custody points for PPE and the initial capacity for laboratories before resuming on-site activity.
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