AIA Re-occupancy Assessment Tool (1 HSW)

This webinar will introduce the Re-occupancy Assessment Tool, the AIA’s recently published national guidance on how to reduce risk in while transitioning back to building re-occupancy after COVID-19 lockdowns. The purpose of this tool is to provide architects, private clients, and civic leaders a general framework of strategies for reoccupying buildings and businesses that are in the process of transitioning from being fully closed to fully open.

The webinar is intended to familiarize local AIA members with the document’s context, approach, organization, sources of information and highlight certain building interventions for discussion. You will learn about a range of general mitigation techniques that range from programming, space planning, policies and policies, to MEP, physical barriers, furnishings, site work and more. You will also learn about general prerequisites recommended prior to reopening. Following the document’s introduction, there will be a discussion about anticipating potential conflicts with other design ideals such as security and sustainability.

Finally, this webinar will allow for some Q&A and member discussion on the ideas about Bay Area-specific interventions.

You can download the Re-occupancy Assessment Tool document here.


Learning Objectives

  1. Describe the elements of the document and their value in reducing risk while operating a building during the transition phase;
  2. Enhance your understanding of current rapidly-changing guidance and best practices for mitigating the spread of COVID-19 while transitioning back to work;
  3. Learn a methodology for applying a hierarchy of controls intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in buildings;
  4. Apply checklists from the AIA’s Re-occupancy Assessment Tool to develop interventions to your buildings is reduce the spread of COVID-19;
  5. Discuss which aspects of COVID-19 interventions may conflict with other long-standing design aspirations.


July 16, 2020


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


$5 - $10




Online Event


  • Chris Kiefer, AIA
    Chris Kiefer, AIA
    Senior Logistics Consultant, Arup

    Chris Kiefer is a senior logistics consultant at Arup in San Francisco. Within Arup’s Integrated Planning studio, Chris participates in mixed-use development projects around the Bay Area and California, where he develops innovative concepts for freight delivery and waste management at both the single-building scale and in master plans. Drawing upon his interdisciplinary background in architecture, landscape architecture, and planning, Chris also provides logistics peer review services during the design stages of commercial developments.

  • Lester Meu, AIA
    Lester Meu, AIA
    President, George Meu Associates

    Lester G. Meu, a practicing Architect for 40 years and President of George Meu Associates in Oakland California, has construction field review responsibilities for firm projects many in high seismic risk areas. Since the 1989 California Loma Prieta earthquake, he performs post-earthquake private sector reviews of commercial buildings and conducts ASTM Property Condition Assessments. Lester is a California Office of Emergency Services Post Disaster Safety Assessment Evaluator, both a Cal-OES SAP and National AIA SAP Trainer, and serves on the National AIA 2019 Disaster Assistance Committee. His SAP deployments span from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 to the more recent 2017 and 2018 Northern California Firestorms.


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