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In Good Health - By Michele Keith

designer Katrine Beaudry is instigating many changes in
the firm's renovations to keep people safe and healthy,
including hand-washing stations at the entrances and
exits, disinfecting/sanitation stations, capacity controls,
and protective walls in key locations.
"With cleanliness as such a high priority, lighting is
key, especially in high-touch areas like rest rooms and
changing areas," continues Shove-Brown. "In addition,
the materials used for furniture, such as the benches in
changing areas, need to be solid and easy to maintain."
Bamboo, quartz, and teak are among his choices, while
McGwire singles out the Pompeii Quartz collection and
Wilsonart solid surfaces along with textured porcelain
among her go-to finishes for countertops. All are durable
and resistant while providing a sophisticated appearance.
Copper is something currently being explored, shares
MacEwen, because of its virus-killing properties.
One aggressive player in the fight to keep people safe
is DMAC's client Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago, with
whom MacEwen says he's working closely on expanding
and refreshing. A document emailed to members
prior to reopening, "The New Standard of Clean"
covers everything members should know including
the new kinds of technology now being used-such
as the Matsana yoga mat with a UV-C light disinfection
system-specifics about room capacity and social

distancing, when and where dividers will be installed, reminders to
look for signage, and acknowledgment that assessment of the club will
be made continuously.
Save for a few LEDs, Mierski dims the lights as much as possible in the
spas he designs, at times using candles, which adds to the tranquil
ambience-exactly what's needed during the pandemic. "People tend to
lower their voices in a darkened space," he notes. It's also why he pipes
soothing music into saltwater-filled pools like the one at his Strøm Spa
Vieux-Québec. "Floating effortlessly, one can easily connect to their inner
feelings and basic senses of touch, hearing, sight, and smell," he says.
As for his take on materials, interior and exterior, Mierski notes, "They're
always inspired by the landscape. With the Strøm, it was the nearby
St. Lawrence River whose quiet strength and history suggested greyish
wood, Corten steel, concrete, slate, river rocks and tiles that simulate them,
and painted and rusted metal." Of course, such considerations as resistance
to mold and humidity and easy, thorough maintenance and cleaning
are paramount.
Flooring is another big factor, especially in common areas where there's
the possibility that respiratory droplets from a sneeze or cough will descend
to the floor via gravity. Unlike McGwire who uses carpet floor tiles because
dirty spots can be quickly and easily eliminated by simply removing and
replacing them, Shove-Brown prefers roll-out vinyl flooring that covers the
entire space. It's easy to clean, and "without seams there's no chance
for sweat and dirt to hide and fester," he says, adding, "Many places are
removing all seating in the welcome/sign-in area as an extra precaution."

DMAC client Midtown Athletic Club brings outdoor
settings indoors with turf-covered areas like The Field.
(Image: Courtesy of DMAC)

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