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8 COOPERATORNEWS —  MAY 2021  COOPERATORNEWS.COM  We handle all sprinkler system  inspections and violations.  •   Sprinkler System Design and Installation  •  Maintenance, repair and service  •   Flow and Pressure tests  •  Violation Removals  •  Monthly Inspections  •  Stand Pipes and Fire Pumps  Big Apple Fire Sprinkler Co. Inc.  64-20 Laurel Hill Blvd. Woodside NY 11377 • 718-205-8580 • Fax 718-205-4590  Email:  = Big Apple Fire Sprinkler_Oct2011.qxp:Layout 1  9/20/11  2:07 PM  Page 1  of  varied  heights,  including  children.  “Each   section describes recommended characteris-  tics but also includes advisory notes that al-  low for nuances in consideration.” A full PDF   of the guidelines can be found here: https://  cations/guides-manuals/universal-design-ny.  pdf  In the final analysis, Universal Design—  design for everyone—is a concept whose time   is definitely here, but also one that has evolved   organically over decades. It has also meshed   and grown with the practical implications of   the Americans with Disabilities Act to make   real and lasting changes in how we build, what   we build, and who we build it for.    n  A J Sidransky is a staff writer/reporter for   CooperatorNews, and a published novelist.   UNIVERSAL...  continued from page 7  NoMad neighborhood, were incorporating   multipurpose “flex  spaces” into apartment   designs. In terms of COVID, she says, “As   people work from home, and as their kids   learn from home, they need the rooms and   areas within those homes to play more than   one role. Now flex spaces have become a seri-  ous value-add for buyers, because they offer   room to set up a home office or library, or a   learning space for children. This is a trend we   anticipate will soon become widespread.”  Gia Milazzo Smith, owner of Designs By   Gia, serves clients in Massachusetts, New   Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island,   and sees the same trends happening in New   England. “I see a lot of people that are going   to be working from home permanently,” she   says. “People have now proved that they can   work from home successfully, so their com-  panies are giving up some of their big, expen-  sive office spaces. So I have a lot of clients in   that position who are looking to make more   permanent  changes  to  their  workspaces.  I   have other clients who are not so sure wheth-  er they are going back to an office, and they’re   making more temporary changes so they can   undo those changes quickly.”  The same holds true for common and   amenity spaces in multifamily communities,   say the experts. Predicting that telecommut-  ing will remain prevalent in the city’s work-  force, designers at New York City-based   ALine “foresee that there will be demand for   either flexible coworking spaces or single oc-  cupancy pods within residential buildings.”   Knowing that amenity space can be limited in   co-op and condo buildings, ALine suggests in   a recent blog post “to create an amenity space   that has flexibility for many different uses” by   installing convertible furniture or furnishings   that are easy to rearrange or to store away.   Some examples they give include “collaps-  ible conference tables, segmental seating ar-  INTERIOR DESIGN...  continued from page 1  rangements, pop-up desks, and modular wall   panels.”  Flexibility is also essential for designers   and clients themselves. Like no other time   before it, the Era of COVID has forced people   to adapt quickly, to put their lives on hold,   and to endure a constantly changing stream   of guidance and regulations with virtually no   warning. While they look to imbue spaces   with flexibility, both designers and their cli-  ents also have had to tap into their own abil-  ity to be flexible and understanding to make   these projects successful. Architect and inte-  rior designer Eric Mullendore, whose epony-  mous firm has reimagined and refreshed in-  terior spaces in Chicago condos and co-ops   for nearly 20 years, tells   CooperatorNews   that   during COVID, “I have seen clients displaced   and their routines interrupted, and have seen   great patience in accommodating their proj-  ects being delayed months after they initially   expected it to be completed.  “Patience and understanding, compassion   and empathy—not terms we usually ascribe   to the work we do,” Mullendore continues,   “yet they have been wonderfully incorporated   into just getting through this period together.”  Materials & Technology  With today’s emphasis on wellness and   cleanliness, many designers are recommend-  ing fabrics, surfaces, and structures that have   antimicrobial properties or that are easy and   safe to keep clean and free of germs. Simple   adjustments like “not as many throw pillows”   in lobbies and common areas, as recommend-  ed by Milazzo Smith, make for fewer touch-  able surfaces to clean and fewer passable items   that can spread germs. She has also seen many   homeowners who had been putting off im-  provements to kitchens and bathrooms tak-  ing this opportunity to do that work—and to   incorporate not only easily cleanable materi-  als, but also room for storage of more cleaning   supplies and other bulk items.   For wellness upgrades in common areas,   ALine studios provides a list of products and   materials that have aesthetic as well as func-  tional appeal. They recommend Type II vinyl   wallcovering for “its durability, cleanability,   and customization options,” noting that there   are yet more wallcovering products that can   be cleaned with harsher chemicals such as   bleach without fading or deteriorating. Such   fabrics can also be considered for furnishings   in common areas, they say.   For countertops and reception desks,   ALine recommends non-porous materials   like quartz and soapstone for their ease of   cleaning and maintaining. Quartz in par-  ticular  is  durable,  versatile,  and  attractive,   they say. Without pores or holes, it is easier to   disinfect and is also stain-resistant. “Consid-  ering that quartz may not fit into every build-  ing’s aesthetic or budget,” notes ALine, “there   is the option to apply quartz to the writing   surface of a desk only.”  “For high end buildings that wish to pro-  mote wellness without sacrificing design,”   ALine offers upscale hand sanitizer dispens-  ers that “are available in a variety of colors,   finishes, and materials. Some can even be 

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