Safe practices and new barriers keep Music Faculty humming along

Photo credit: Brandon Watson/Facilities Management, Western University

If not for a cleverly designed barrier, the province-wide response to the pandemic may have muted the Don Wright Faculty of Music’s in-person instruction in the new year.

In seeking solutions to newly imposed COVID-19 related restrictions, Music Dean Betty Anne Younker turned to fabrication experts in Western's Facilities Management (FM). A small team of trades led by Operations Manager Ken Hill, designed and immediately began handcrafting the customized and individual-sized barriers. In order to produce the 170 requested units, production was split between the FM team and the University Machine Shop.

The protective devices will keep the practical aspects of the music program humming along without interruption.

“COVID-19 has largely been intrusive to the work we do and the services we provide to the campus community,” says Hill. “In this case, however, it has provided us with an opportunity to further demonstrate our expertise and creativity.”

Read full article (via Facilities Management, Western University, February 11, 2021)

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