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Is COVID Affecting Land Design, Too?

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Recently on this show, we’ve looked into factory and equipment design changes that companies are facing in a post-COVID world in an effort to keep employees safe.  But are there any new trends in land design that are also being affected?  Isn’t everything outside already inherently safe?

Mike Switzer interviews Gary Collins with SeamonWhiteside, a civil engineering and landscape architecture firm with offices throughout the Carolinas, and he joins us now by phone from his office in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.