Designed for Covid-19 Safety


“SVML’s creative design abilities are top notch. They consistently made recommendations during the design phase that really enhanced our project.”

Our client was looking forward to welcoming over 500 employees back into the Buffalo, NY offices after months of 98% of the workforce working remotely. They implemented successful disinfecting, distancing, and tracking protocols however, 120,000 square feet of open office space had become a hurdle to overcome in keeping their employees comfortable and safe. Not to mention NY State regulations require additional COVID-19 safety measures to safely distance employees beyond 50% occupancy. Several vendors installed prototypes for their solutions, but none had addressed the aesthetic value or material compatibility for a potentially long-term, if not permanent, installation. Being involved in the new building design at the beginning of the process and creating the wayfinding and interior experiential graphics, we understood the importance of designing a solution that complemented the overall design and experience that the employees and visitors had become accustomed to.
The solution needed to meet several requirements:
  • Provide a safe barrier between employees
  • Allow natural light to filter through, yet allow for privacy
  • Withstand repeated cleaning
  • Sturdy material built for longevity
  • Allow for neat deinstallation should the client opt to do so
  • Availability of materials and manufacturing
  • Quick installation
  • Complement interior building design
Our design team, led by Robin Cox, created a solution by repurposing materials and designing custom hardware that met and exceeded all requirements. A big plus, working with all local vendors and suppliers. Here is a sneak peek of some of the components. See finished project.

Custom Hardware Prototypes

Detail of aluminum hardware joining plexiglass panels
Detail of tuning fork shaped custom aluminum hardware holding plexiglass in place
Detail of custom aluminum hardware joining four pieces of plexiglass