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Social Distancing and Working Remotely

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We're gathering tools to help Members and Firms

As we all respond to the rapidly changing guidelines to keep ourselves, our employees, our families and our communities safe, we need to change how we work AIA Wisconsin is curating tools to assist you. Check back often. Have a link to contribute? Send it to Please use subject "Remote Tips."

The Small Business 2020 Program provides funds to Wisconsin-based Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to make grants of up to $20,000 to existing loan clients to mitigate short-term cash flow issues and protect jobs and public health in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

AIA COVID-19 Member Resources

We're All In Grants (updated 6/4/2020)

WEDC is supporting 30,000 Wisconsin-based businesses by distributing $75 million in grant dollars to help them recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This video outlines parts of the application process and gives business owners a head start in assembling documents and information that make the process simpler. Get ready now and apply for a $2,500 grant June 15-21. Watch Now

How to Apply for Paycheck Protection Program Loans – Available April 3rd

Important Information for Employers on Titles II and III of the Cares Act

State is requiring "essential" businesses to have a written "COVID-19 Response Plan." Click here for the actual web directive.

"As architects, we know that there is no higher responsibility – personally or professionally – than protecting the health, safety and welfare of each other and the communities we serve."  Robert Ivy, FAIA

NCARB Updates on testing, rescheduling and the rolling clock

Legal Issues

Work Continuity and the Remote Workplace

Wisconsin DSPS Ongoing Building Inspections

DSPS operations updates

Practice considerations: Manage your architecture firm's risk in response to COVID-19 (AIA Risk management)

Tips for Architects Working At Home During COVID-19   (ArchDaily)

Remote Work Tools and Resources (BSA)

ASAE: Remote Work During COVID-19: Human Resource and Technology Considerations, March 20

BSA | Virtual program: Architecture firms and remote work (Webinar) Recorded 3/17/2020Virtual Program: Remote Workflows + Collaboration Recorded 3/20/2020

Sample Telecommuting Policy

Tips From an Architect

An Architect’s Guide to Virtual Practice - AIATrust

Tips for Working Together when we Can’t be Together from IDEO

How to Build a Remote Work Policy (+9 Questions to consider)

Article: How to manage remote employees successfully

COVID-19 has Us Thinking about the Remote Workspace

Tips for Working Remotely from Steelcase


  • AIA Re-occupancy Assessment Tool & WEDC Reopen GuidelinesAIA Wisconsin members are encouraged to monitor local requirements and utilize the new AIA Re-occupancy Assessment Tool and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Reopen Guidelines for your own office and in advising your clients.AIA Re-occupancy Assessment Tool provides architects, clients and civic leaders a framework of strategies for reoccupying buildings and reopening businesses. The tool includes baseline parameters for re-occupancy; architectural and engineering strategies for site and site arrival, building envelope, fixtures and furnishings, plumbing and HVAC; administrative policies and procedures to reduce the spread of pathogens and support physical distancing; and policies and procedures related to PPE.AIA leaders will be expanding on the Re-occupancy Assessment Tool – modifying and adding recommendations unique to varying building types. Madison architect Janine Glaeser, AIA, is the vice chair of the AIA Disaster Assistance Committee, which helped to create this new tool.The WEDC Reopen Guidelines offer industry-specific documents to help reopen businesses while taking the necessary precautions to maximize safety. The WEDC Reopen Guidelines for Professional Services address commercial spaces occupied by professional services firms, including rethinking workspaces, client traffic, delivery procedures and facility management practices.
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Best Practices

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