COVID-19 Useful Information

AIA Tennessee stands at the ready to serve as a resource to our members. As the architecture community — and the global community at large — move through this uncharted territory. 

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Tennessee small businesses are now eligible for disaster assistance loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Click HERE for information on the application process or APPLY through the SBA website.

How Architecture Firms can Apply for an SBA COVID-19 Disaster Relief Loan

For those interested in helping with response efforts, FEMA and the US Army Corps of Engineers have created a Disaster Response Registry. Learn more.

State of Tennessee News & Resources

AIA TN & ACEC TN Letter to Governor Bill Lee offering assistance and requesting architecture/engineering be listed as “essential services.” – March 26, 2020

Joint Statewide Construction Industry Letter to Governor Bill Lee requesting specific industries be listed as essential. – March 27, 2020

Governor Bill Lee issued Executive Order 22 that addresses concerns related to “safer at home” and closing all Non Essential Services. Professional services are listed as ESSENTIAL SERVICES. – March 30, 2020

Local Resources

Federal Information and Resources

AIA Online Networking

Architectural Business Resources

Architect – Journal of the American Institute of Architects 

For the most up-to-date articles, please visit the online journal. Several relevant articles are listed below:

Remote Workplace Resources and Tips

Business Tips & Articles 

What Can Employers Do Now? (TN Chamber of Commerce)

It is imperative that employers maintain open communication with their employees. Employers should ensure that they have updated contact information for current employees and stay informed of the latest news. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued “Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease.” The CDC recommends employers begin implementing the following steps now:

  • Encourage employees with acute respiratory illnesses to stay home
  • Separate sick employees
  • Emphasize cough and sneeze etiquette and hand hygiene
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning
  • Advise employees about the risks prior to travel to countries that have had a significant outbreak
  • Consider informing employees in the case of possible exposure in the workplace

Healthcare resources