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I've been working remotely for years so having to "Shelter in Place" has not initially impacting my ability to keep chugging along. Go-To meetings, remote file sharing, and zoom are kind of the norm.I collaborate dynamically with other small firm and self motivated individuals on projects we pursue. Bring in different people at different phases if needed. After the project finishes we disband and move on. Low overhead, except for the expensive software, remote storage costs and maintenance.Years ago when I mentioned that this is how we worked, some people thought we were crazy (ever get that blank stare?).It has not been with out its challenges.Thank you to Kendal (see below) for posting the article on managing remote workers.It has some great ideas which address some of the problems with remote workers that we have had and how to handle these issues.
We have offices in 6 locations across 2 states and have instituted company-wide work-from-home capabilities in response to Shelter-in-Place orders that have gone into effect for some locations. Other locations are under orders from the Health Department to comply with social distancing requirements and prohibit meetings of any kind. Conditions are constantly changing so we are doing our best to be prepared for the worst-case scenario at all locations.
Melody Tang AIA, LEED AP BD+C
D: 949.701.4109 O: 949.261.1001
New Address 5301 California Ave., Suite 100, Irvine, CA 92617
Shawn, your message speaks well for many architects and other professionals – this is uncharted territory for individuals and firms. Everyone is working to serve clients and projects in new ways. We all hope that delays will be temporary. There is some good news: one of our clients, a very good design firm in the Pacific northwest, reported today that many of their clients are determined to move projects forward, because their long-term needs aren't changing. I hope that you and others share that experience.
Clark S. Davis, FAIA, LEED AP
CAMERON MACALLISTER GROUP
Work with your insurance, legal team, clients, CM, and inspectors to best understand what type of inspections they do and what they may be looking for during this time. Your CM will know when each inspection is needed. Some common inspections are listed below:
Our offices (MA, VT) closed doors yesterday, moving everyone to a work at home status. We started migrating to that the week before when several staff who had kids lost day care and school. We began using MS Teams to enhance communications and have meetings, which works quite well (Teams that is).
We're anticipating some loss of productivity, but how bad remains to be seen. We have a staff of approximately 60 between both offices.
John Thompson, LEED AP®, MCPPO, CDT, NCIDQ
DORE + WHITTIER
(802) 863-1428 X253
Harvard Business Review recently published an article many may find interesting (and hopefully helpful):
A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers
Kendal W. Perkins, Architect AIA
Apex Architectural Services, LLC