HFA Examines Safety of Using Wood in the COVID-19 Era

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In the first installment of HFA’s Design Thinking series, Aksel Solberg, AIA, NCARB, uncovers many reasons why wood, one of architecture's oldest and most reliable building materials, is the key to safe and sanitary interior spaces in our post-pandemic world.

...wood’s natural tendency to absorb moisture and subsequently dry out has also proven to further diminish the longevity of bacteria on wooden surfaces by essentially starving bacterium of the moisture it needs to survive.

HFA (Harrison French & Associates, LTD) recently appointed a team of architects, engineers, and other design professionals with 30 years of industry experience to produce valuable content for clients in a post-COVID-19 world.

In the first installment of HFA’s Design Thinking blog series, Aksel Solberg, AIA, NCARB, uncovers many reasons why wood, one of architecture's oldest and most reliable building materials, is the key to safe and sanitary interior spaces in our post-pandemic world.

“When paired with well-conditioned and ventilated building design, wood’s natural tendency to absorb moisture and subsequently dry out (or “breathe”) has also proven to further diminish the longevity of bacteria on wooden surfaces by essentially starving bacterium of the moisture it needs to survive,” said Solberg.

“In today's age of social distancing and hyper-awareness of personal hygiene, architects and interior designers must focus on the selection of materials and surfaces more than ever. Sanitary interior environments can be achieved through various means, but care must be taken so that our buildings do not simply become fortresses of sterility,” he continues.

Now more than ever, with design professionals desperately seeking solutions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their client’s spaces, many are turning to the wrong materials and solutions entirely. That’s why HFA’s team has set out to set the record straight and provide meaningful solutions that have been proven successful for our clients in the past.

Solberg concludes by saying, “As experts in commercial design, HFA is well poised to use its knowledge of wood’s various applications to create spaces that meet the needs of the COVID-19 era, while still providing meaningful and fulfilling experiences to inhabitants.”

Here at HFA, with 30 years of experience to draw on from the retail, restaurant, commercial, and real estate industries, we believe that we’re uniquely positioned to use our knowledge and expertise to help further the architecture industry as a whole, especially in this post-pandemic era.

Contact us today to learn more about how our team of architects and engineers can help you and your clients.

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About HFA

Founded in 1990, HFA is a full-service Architecture and Engineering firm with locations in Bentonville, AR; Franklin, MA; Fort Worth, TX; and Mexico City, MX. Focused on designing for the customer experience, HFA works coast to coast with retail, real estate development, office, industrial, fueling, restaurant/food service, lifestyle, and education clients.

Contact: Daryl Whitmer, Director of Marketing and Business Development, (479) 273−7780 ext. 274 or daryl.whitmer@hfa−ae.com.

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