April 11, 2021AIANY-NYS Unified Crisis Task Force (Ongoing)
In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Illya Azaroff, as AIANYS Disaster Coordinator, convened the cross-sector AIANY-NYS Unified Crisis Task Force within days of New York’s COVID-19 response shutdown. The Task Force provided immediate needs response coordination to the City, State, and AIA membership. Those responses included identifying more than 1,000 buildings suitable for hospital and emergency expansion with the New York State Department of State (DOS) and AIA members; PPE production and delivery statewide; liaisons to healthcare architects and engineers with the Department of Health (DOH); working with restaurants on outdoor dining solutions, and coordinating with ASHRAE’s National Task Force on building advisories. The Unified Task Force is currently sharing best practices nationally.