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Originally published in Interiors & Sources

03/31/2010

A Design for Retirement Facilities of the Future

State-of-the-art amenities and furnishings appease an emerging senior population with a desire for high-quality, wellness-focused recovery environments

 
A Design for Retirement Facilities of the Future

New “Facility of the Future" interior design brand guidelines and standards, unveiled by WATG, for new Golden Living facilities (a family of healthcare companies) throughout the United States, consist of state-of-the-art amenities and furnishings for an emerging senior population that has a desire for high-quality, wellness-focused recovery environments.

 

The facilities will emphasize short-term recovery care and promote active lifestyles. Accommodations will be modeled after hotels and spas, with a sharp attention to detail and awareness about how the physical environment plays a critical role in recovery. Components from “Facility of the Future” will create a foundation for the renovations of other existing Golden Living facilities to bring a greater focus on personal space, wellness, and rehabilitation.

 

The new campuses will be distinct from other assisted living centers by balancing healthcare, hospitality, and wellness within one environment. In addition to skilled nursing, there will be an Aegis facility not only for physical therapy, but also for treatments like massage and nutrition training. The Aegis centers will be capable of serving the in-patients, as well as creating a spa alternative for the surrounding community.

 

The facilities will be more lifestyle-oriented by providing residents private rooms, allowing them to use the room as they would any hotel, with lounge areas, desk space, plenty of outlets for personal electronics, and a place for all their personal toiletries in their private bathrooms.

 

The public spaces are designed to create warm, inviting areas for patients and guests to visit, share a meal together in the restaurant, or grab a quick snack at the juice bar.  These spaces play an important role in physical and mental recovery by inspiring personal confidence, and by maintaining a personal connection with others and to the world outside via an Internet café.

 

The guidelines implement sustainable practices with holistic approaches, including the extensive use of daylighting. Warm sunlight is favored over artificial light, and nature is brought indoors wherever possible through atrium spaces where residents enjoy the scenery and the environment, regardless of weather conditions or physical limitations. These connections to nature play a vital role in recovery.

 

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04/23/2014

A key part to curbing emissions is working with local and city officials, tenants, and other groups to help make entire communities more sustainable. BOMA International shares the following strategies for greening your facility and community.

04/21/2014

Lighting fixes target the bottom line.

04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
According to a new report from Eaton, such outages are up 15% in 2013 over 2012 and over half of those surveyed believe that downtime could have been prevented.
03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
While the economic recession explains the decline in sales in 2008 and 2009, it is much less clear why sales have continued to fall.
03/24/2014
University of Washington (UW) scientists have built the thinnest known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics.
03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards?
03/13/2014
Worried about workplace violence in your facility? Researchers have discovered that “mindfully observing” high-risk employees can avert danger and workplace violence.
03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
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