Document Type



Master of Science in Construction Management

Thesis Advisor: Bilge Gokhan Celik, Ph.D.


The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a need for better ventilation systems due to the deadly spreading of the SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 illness through the air. As the positivity rate increases sharply, this study is pertinent in the fight against the virus. The implementation of MERV filters and ventilation rates while also understanding respiratory droplets and how they move through the air is an important part of understanding airborne transmission. Much research has been done on MERV filtration and respiratory droplets and their traveling methods in the air, and this research aims to find the commonalities between prior research, and to provide further insight into topic. Offices around the world have been navigating creating a safe environment for their employees to be able to work in person rather than remotely.