Miller, Tonya; Hamilton, Sarah
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Can buildings prevent the spread of disease through their design? This study argues that by employing the WELL Building Standard to an adaptive reuse project during the COVID-19 pandemic, human health and wellbeing is increased. Research shows that adapting existing buildings to the WELL Building Standard improves air quality, promotes clean contact, and strengthens immune systems (The International WELL Building Institute, 2020). Additionally, adapting existing historic structures maintains cultural significance within the community. This thesis creates a hypothetical adaptive reuse plan for adapting Engel Stadium in Chattanooga, Tennessee into Engel Concourse, a gathering place for students, UTC faculty, and community members to eat, work, and learn. This project will use the WELL v2 rating system in order to document WELL certification for this building in its current state. Showing that existing historic buildings can be adapted to the WELL Building Standard will help pave the way for design that increases human health and prevents the spread of diseases such as COVID-19.
This project was completed under the guidance of UTC Interior Architecture Department faculty members Jessica Etheredge and Tonya Miller.
B. S.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Science.
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020-; Historic buildings; Interior decoration
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Getty, Laurel, "Design during a pandemic: application of the WELL Building Standard to historic Engel Stadium" (2021). Honors Theses.