CBE COVID-19 Information

These pages provide information and tools to help the CBE community address the COVID-19 outbreak. While the College of Built Environments follows all advice and directives set forth by the University of Washington broadly, this site is meant to help with information on local impacts to mission-driven activities of teaching, research, service, and related resources that directly impact our built environments community for faculty, staff and students.

Please note that the University of Washington’s campuses are currently in Phase 2 of its COVID-19 recovery, in accordance with Washington’s Safe Start plan.

  • Face coverings are required on all campuses.
  • Telework is strongly encouraged for all non-critical personnel, and all in-person work must adhere to all appropriate safety measures and COVID-19 Prevention Plans.
  • In-person instruction is not allowed except for essential clinical instruction that has been pre-approved.
  • Gatherings of more than five people are not permitted.
  • Faculty, Staff, and Student Employees are required to complete the UW Back-to-Workplace COVID-19 Safety Training before returning to work on campus.

Since COVID-19 information changes rapidly, be sure to check back for updates to this page.

UW COVID-19 Information and Resources

CBE COVID-19 Information and Resources

  • PPE A limited amount of Personal Protective Equipment (masks, face shields, gloves) is available by prior arrangement from the Dean’s Office. Contact CBE Facilities Coordinator Meegan Amen, meegan@uw.edu for assistance.
  • Cleaning Supplies Cleaning supplies (cleaner, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, hand sanitizer) are available in each classroom, lab, studio, and office suite. Please take only what you need. Please contact Meegan Amen (meegan@uw.edu) if supplies in a particular room are running low.
  • Custodial Services Cleaning Process UW’s Coronavirus FAQ contains a University Operations section which addresses the UW’s cleaning process. More information about this process is forthcoming.
  • Desk Banks To address the needs of CBE students, especially those (e.g. in studios) who need dedicated workspace, the College has a limited number of desks in Gould Hall which can be assigned to students for the quarter. Students are responsible for cleaning their desks, and must comply with UW masking and distancing rules. Cleaning supplies are available in each desk bank room. Students are advised by UW EH&S to plan to cover their assigned desk and its contents with a plastic sheet (e.g. shower curtain liner) when they’re not using their desk.

    Desk assignments will be determined by CBE academic advisers and department chairs.

    In consultation with UW Environmental Health and Safety, CBE has determined a room capacity (“COVID capacity”) that is compliant with EH&S guidelines for each desk bank room. We plan to assign roughly 25% of the available desk bank desks early in Autumn quarter. If the process goes well, we plan to assign an additional 25% of the desks two weeks after the initial assignment, then to repeat this process until all desks are assigned.

  • CBE Information Desk Since many CBE staff will be working remotely during Autumn quarter, the college is establishing a central information desk in Gould Gallery. In addition to providing general assistance, the information desk will have PPE and cleaning supplies available. Staffed hours will be determined as we get closer to the start of the quarter.
  • CBE Student Loaner Laptops The College has a very small number of laptops formerly in the BE Library loaner pool that are available for loan through the end of Autumn quarter. Since there are so few laptops, and there are other ways to gain access to CBE software (visit the Digital Commons, remote into powerful lab computers using the Citrix Application Server or the new CBE Remote service) it is important to allocate these laptops to students with the most challenging situations. Please email CBE Computing (be-help@uw.edu) to discuss options.

    An alternative to a CBE loaner laptop is a laptop from the UW’s centrally-managed Student Technology Loan Program. This service has laptops and tablets available for loan to students for the duration of Autumn quarter. While these devices do not have the Adobe Suite and are generally not powerful enough to run CBE software, they can provide a way for students to access CBE’s Citrix Application Server and use the CBE Remote service. The CBE Remote service includes access to the Adobe Suite on more powerful desktop computers.

  • Other Loaner Equipment The College also has other (non-laptop) equipment formerly in the BE Library loaner pool, including cameras, sound meters, light meters, and digital audio recorders. Loan times for these are one week. Please email CBE Computing (be-help@uw.edu) to arrange an equipment loan.

    Alternatively, the UW’s Student Technology Loan Program has some non-laptop equipment available for loan to UW students.

  • Digital Commons The Digital Commons computing lab in the basement of Gould Hall will be open for use by CBE students and other UW students taking CBE classes. The Digital Commons Classroom will be closed both to address sanitation and distancing issues, and to allow those computers to be dedicated to remote class use via the CBE Remote access service. To maintain appropriate distancing, in-person capacity of the Digital Commons will be reduced to approximately 16 physically-available workstations. Cleaning supplies are available at the help desk and around the lab. Lab users must use available wipes and cleaner to sanitize their workstation area before and after use.

    The Digital Commons help desk will have very limited on-site staffing. Please check the Digital Commons page for staffing details, or email be-help@uw.edu to schedule a time to visit if you need in-person help.

  • Archnet The Archnet printer/plotter room, Architecture Hall G51, will be open to CBE students. Since maintaining physical distancing in such a small room is difficult, only one person in addition to the Archnet Manager will be able to use the room at a time. One workstation will be available to send jobs to the Archnet printers and plotters. Students are therefore strongly encouraged to connect their laptops to Archnet printers to limit their need to be in the Archnet space. Cleaning supplies are available; Archnet users must use the available wipes and cleaner to sanitize the workstation and any other equipment that is used. Please email Archnet (archnet@uw.edu) with any questions.
  • Service Bureaus To provide laser cutting and 3D printing, CBE will continue the service bureaus established during Spring quarter. There will be a charge for service bureau products to partly recover materials costs. To facilitate no-contact payment and pickup, there will be an online credit card payment form and a pickup location in Gould Court. Details for submitting jobs to the laser cutter and 3D printer service bureaus are available on the Fabrication Labs page. More details will be provided as we work out the process.
  • BE Library Please see the UW Libraries Student FAQ for Fall 2020 for information on library access.
  • COVID-19 + Admissions FAQ Information for Graduate, International, Prospective, and Undergraduate Students is available at http://intranet.be.uw.edu/students/faqs/.
  • Research Impacts of Covid-19 from NSF and NIH

Information and Resources from outside UW

Online Teaching Tools

Prepare for when classes can’t meet: itconnect.uw.edu/learn/prepare/

Working Remotely: https://itconnect.uw.edu/work/working-remotely/

CBE Online Learning Resources: http://intranet.be.uw.edu/timely-resources/

Technologies that are currently available for you are listed below with some training guides and links:

Grading Policies and Guidelines

The Registrar’s Office has a COVID-19 FAQ page, which contains a Grading section approximately 40% of the way down the page that addresses a number of questions.

CBE Contacts

Academics: Vikramditya Prakash: t: 206-616-9091, e: vprakash@uw.edu

HR/Finance: Rachel Ward: t: 206-616-2440, e: wardrm@uw.edu

Operations/IT/COVID issues (CBE COVID Site Supervisor): Mark Baratta: t: 206-543-4872, e: baratta@uw.edu

Facilities/COVID issues (Backup CBE COVID Site Supervisor): Meegan Amen: t: 206-616-2439, e: meegan@uw.edu