The article asks leaders from different design firms to share their thoughts on the impact of COVID-19 relative to their staff, clients, office operations and projects.
The full piece can be found online and continues to be updated. Here are Brad and Charlene’s quotes excerpted:
CannonDesign takes our preparedness for situations we can and can’t control very seriously. We have a robust business continuity plan (BCP) that we’ve proactively enacted for our coronavirus response.
Firm leaders are holding regular phone conferences with office leaders to help them prepare. Our key response teams are also helping departments understand how to bring the plan to life locally, refreshing the plan within their departments, updating their BCP components, answering questions, and clarifying their roles in the firmwide plan.
It’s too early to know the full impact of this situation. We’re truly taking it one day at a time, focusing on the health of our people, partners, and clients more than anything right now.
We are communicating constantly with employees about travel guidelines in accordance with the CDC, WHO, and the U.S. Department of State. We’re also reminding our employees about existing health options and benefits and remote work possibilities, rescheduling internal summits, and much, much more.
For the most part, we have policies in place to answer the diverse questions we are receiving right now. So we’re pointing to policies, listening to individual concerns, and trying to be as proactive as possible.