Chicago, Infrastructure Stimulus, Resilience, Transportation

Denise Casalino, Executive Vice President and National Cities Manager for AECOM, 分享她的计划,以帮助芝加哥市利用短期和长期刺激资金,以支持积极的经济复苏计划. She also offers insights on the office of the future.

The U.S. is fighting to remain resilient during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as policymakers consider the path to recovery, 基础设施投资正成为一种强有力的经济刺激工具. What solutions are necessary to bolster an economic recovery?

As with all crises, we are likely to witness vast changes in the economic, political, social, environmental and technological landscape, which, in turn, will impact infrastructure requirements. 复苏将需要相互支持、相互借鉴的解决方案. 变化可能包括分区政策和社会项目,综合基础设施投资和特定行业的增长机会. Even as we consider the potential adjustments, 最重要的是扩大稀缺资源,使所有芝加哥人都能从投资中受益. Identifying potential co-benefits of every solution will be critical, as will focusing on the city’s most vulnerable communities, 了解拟议投资的经济可行性和财政影响.

How can infrastructure drive economic recovery?

基础设施项目在创造可持续就业和改变城市和州方面有着悠久的历史. 通过恢复企业和消费者信心,投资基础设施能够为未来创造机会, as well as adding more jobs. 20世纪30年代,作为“新政”(New Deal)下的“就业促进会”(Works Progress Administration)项目的一部分,芝加哥修建了近75英里的街道。在大萧条时期,该项目让数百万美国人在基础设施项目上工作. According to the American Public Transportation Association’s 2020 Economic Impact of Public Transportation Investment report, 加强基础设施投资,持续20年以上,对经济的总影响是年度支出的5倍.

创新如何帮助获取资源和应对气候紧急情况?

气候变化和城市化的双重需求使城市基础设施面临巨大压力. 应对这些挑战,需要水务等传统上规避风险的行业, transport and commercial real estate to change their operations. As an example, 刺激计划资助的基础设施和环境因素(比如公众希望保持封锁带来的空气质量好处)结合在一起,可能导致我们道路上的电动和自动驾驶汽车加速行驶.

先进的技术也可以帮助我们的城市中心更具弹性. 结合使用技术和电网改进的建筑可以在应对气候挑战方面发挥关键作用,同时以业主和租户的室内环境形式降低成本和改善健康.

AECOM如何帮助芝加哥最大限度地实现疫情后的经济复苏?

There’s a growing recognition that in measuring value, 我们一直过于关注狭隘的经济措施,而不是更广泛的社会福利. As governments move toward broader measures of societal progress, 建设环境专业人员面临的挑战是确定如何最好地利用他们的专业知识,从整体上造福社区.

利用基础设施效益促进经济和社会效益的一个很好的例子是芝加哥的弹性/可持续商业走廊复兴,更具体地说,是社区对城市项目的需求和需求,以推动经济发展.

在AECOM,我们希望汇集我们的资源来支持社区的需求. 最好的项目能够而且确实能带来明显的、成倍的投资回报,从创造就业机会到减少社区水灾和交通事故.

我们的团队还可以帮助金融城确定适合制造业的位置,作为工业走廊振兴努力的一部分. Given the economic impacts of the coronavirus, 这些走廊为投资和发展创造了额外的机会, and Chicago’s transportation network of railways, waterways and highways, would contribute to the success of the manufacturing facilities.

For many, the pandemic has completely changed work habits and rituals. How will these collective differences shape the office of the future?

每个组织都必须重新重视创造安全和健康的环境——身心健康——同时继续发展激励员工的工作场所. 我们必须重新思考传统的工作环境,因为许多人已经意识到他们可以在任何地点工作. The tangible result will be a shift in design strategies, for example, altering workspace locations for increased distance between employees.

AECOM is helping our clients to maximize their building technology, 授权给领导者,使他们能够监视和更好地控制工作空间. 这些正在进行的变化将需要进行调整,以理解对每个建筑来说什么是最佳的, each office and in many cases, each workforce team.

Originally published Sep 3, 2020

Author: Denise Casalino