Azrieli School faculty members receive COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Grants

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Last month, Carleton University developed an internal funding opportunity to provide seed funding for individuals or teams of researchers for solutions to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The competition called for participants to produce original, innovative, and time-sensitive research, or to have applied for external research grant competitions targeting the pandemic.

The research had to have the potential to contribute to the global response to COVID-19, or to mitigate the spread of the virusand/or its negative consequences on people and communities. The grant, valued from $10,000 – $25,000, was open to all full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members.

Dr. Zachary Colbert, and Dr. Scott Bucking, faculty members from the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism, are among the recipients of funds from the competition.

Research from Dr. Zachary Colbert’s 
Reopening Retail: Architectural Strategies for Adapting Retail Environments to Physical Distancing Protocols will develop adaptive architectural design standards and recommendations to accommodate physical distancing measures in Ottawa’s retail environments.

These guidelines will protect public health while bolstering customer confidence. The outcomes will contribute to developing architectural design standards and recommendations for retailers in Canada and internationally that safely incorporate physical distancing practices into their stores.

As governments reopen economies, Carleton University states that the need for pre-screening populations will exceed projected test capacity. Dr. Scott Bucking’s Centre for Unitary, Contained and Autonomous Rapid Testing (CUCART), with integrated equipment—a rapidly deployable autonomous unit—could help meet this demand.

The Community Design Lab (CDLAB) recently completed development of a rapidly deployable, autonomous, tiny home. An industry partner approached CDLAB with a request to adapt the design for use as a decentralized COVID-19 testing facility. According to Carleton University, the purpose of the proposed project is a pedestrian flow study of the modified design, to increase testing capacity by maximizing the number of patients processed per hour.

The CDLAB intends to develop and assess the CUCART with the support of the Carleton University grant, in combination with an NSERC Alliance proposal for the digital design of the facility, and support from an industry partner well-versed in medical testing.