Office and Shared Space Modifications

Office and Shared Space Modifications for Physical Distance


Density Reduction of Office Space Configurations

Work spaces will be modified to maintain 48 square feet of distance between individuals, in accordance with CDC COVID-19 Resuming Business Toolkit guidance for workplaces.

  • For office spaces, occupancy levels are based upon physical distancing guidance (i.e., when feasible maintaining 6 feet of separation, and 48 square feet work area) and based on unique attributes of the space
  • Adequate partitions/sneeze guards have been installed where physical distancing cannot be maintained

Implementation

Collaborative Space Planning Process - Facilities and Office Supervisors 

  • Shared Spaces: The Facilities team has evaluated high and medium-risk interaction zones within all spaces, particularly in shared spaces such as conference/meeting rooms, copier/printer areas, break rooms, restrooms, reception spaces and elevator lobbies.
  • Furniture Configurations: Facilities has evaluated current existing furniture layouts and configurations in medium to low-risk areas such as around office workstations to encourage physical distancing during working hours.
    • Facilities will work with each unit supervisor to discuss operations (both from a personnel and operational perspective) as it relates to physical space configurations and physical distancing
    • Together, they will determine if any space modifications or reconfigurations are necessary. If necessary, they will work together to create a space configuration plan which adheres to physical and physical distancing guidelines while attending to the unique functional needs of the unit. This plan will include, where applicable:
      • Reconfiguration of furniture to ensure 48 square feet of physical distance between individuals
      • Installation of adequate partitions/plexiglass sneeze guards where physical distancing is not attainable

Density Reduction of Classroom Space Configurations

Teachers College has modified classroom spaces which are assigned to the select in-person courses for the Fall 2020 semester, in order to maintain 48 square feet of distance between individuals, in accordance with NYS COVID-19 Guidance for Higher Education. These modifications include a reconfiguration of classroom furniture layouts using 48 square feet per individual as a spacing guideline, reduced occupancy levels based upon the physical distancing guidance (i.e., when feasible maintaining 6 feet of separation, and 48 square feet work area) and based on unique attributes of the space.

Density Reduction of Library Space Configurations

Teachers College has modified library space configurations on accessible floors, to maintain 48 square feet of distance between individuals, in accordance with CDC COVID-19 guidance for higher education. These modifications include a reconfiguration of furniture in designated library spaces using 48 square feet per individual as a spacing guideline, reduced occupancy levels based upon physical distancing guidance (i.e., when feasible maintaining 6 feet of separation, and 48 square feet work area) and based on unique attributes of the space.

Implementation

  • The Facilities team has evaluated high and medium-risk interaction zones within all library spaces which will be accessible based on the library’s phased reopening plan, particularly in shared spaces such as meeting rooms, printer areas, open study areas, restrooms, service desks and elevator lobbies.
  • Furniture Configurations: Facilities has evaluated existing furniture layouts and configurations and developed a reconfiguration plan to encourage physical distancing for in person classes.
    • After completing a comprehensive analysis of the library spaces, the library team and facilities discussed operations both from a personnel and operational perspective as it relates to physical space configurations and physical distancing.
    • Together, they have created a space configuration plan which adheres to physical distancing guidelines while attending to the unique functional needs of the computer lab. This plan includes, where applicable:
      • Reconfiguration of furniture to ensure 48 square feet of physical distance between individuals
      • Installation of adequate partitions/plexiglass sneeze guards where physical distancing is not attainable
      • Installation of signage to encourage physical distancing and health hygiene practices

Reduce Density of Computer Lab Space Configurations

Teachers College has modified computer lab space configurations (located in Horace Mann 242 and Macy 345B and 345C) to maintain 48 square feet of distance between individuals, in accordance with NYS COVID-19 Guidance for Higher Education. This includes, where necessary, a reduction in available computer stations within the computer labs, using 48 square feet per individual as a spacing guideline. Reduced occupancy levels are based upon physical distancing guidance (i.e., when feasible maintaining 6 feet of separation, and 48 square feet area).

Implementation

  • The Facilities team has evaluated the space configuration and interaction zones within both computer labs, which are located in Horace Mann 242 and Macy 345B and 345C
  • Furniture Configurations: Facilities has evaluated current existing furniture layouts and configurations to facilitate physical distancing for computer lab use.
    • After completing the comprehensive analysis of the computer lab spaces, the TCIT team and facilities discussed the functional needs within the space, and the need for physical distancing
    • Together, they have created a space configuration plan which adheres to physical distancing guidelines while attending to the unique functional needs of the computer lab. This plan will include, where applicable:
      • Reconfiguration of furniture to ensure 48 square feet of physical distance between individuals
      • Installation of signage to encourage physical distancing and health hygiene practices
      • Installation of hand sanitizer and surface cleaning stations for individuals to use before and after visiting the computer lab

Density Reduction of TC Dining Hall Space Configurations

Teachers College has modified TC Dining Hall space configurations to maintain 48 square feet of distance between individuals, in accordance with NYS COVID-19 Guidance for Higher Education. This will include the reduction and reconfiguration of furniture, using 48 square feet per individual as a spacing guideline. Reduced occupancy levels are based upon physical distancing guidance (i.e., when feasible maintaining 6 feet of separation, and 48 square feet work area) and based on unique attributes of the space.

Implementation

  • The Facilities team has evaluated the TC Dining Hall space which will be accessible as a study space for solitary studying (no group congregating will be permitted) in the College’s reopening plan
  • Facilities has evaluated existing furniture configurations, and modified the space layout to enforce physical distancing for study activity within the TC Dining Hall.
  • Signage has been installed to encourage physical distancing and health hygiene practices
  • Signage has been installed at each designated study station, to indicate where students must sit to adhere to physical distancing requirements
  • Hand sanitizer and surface cleaning stations have been installed for individuals to use before and after visiting the TC Dining Hall
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