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        July 2019 - Volume 6, Issue 3      
Environments for Aging: Designing Better Senior Housing

Image of Environments for Aging ConferenceAccording to the US Census Bureau, 20% of the current US population will be 65 or older by 2029. Most seniors want to remain physically and intellectually engaged and it is becoming far more common for them to seek out housing options that will accommodate their desired lifestyle. As a result, designers are changing the way they think about senior housing projects, reacting to the needs of an active, aging population.

Accessible Parking in Precast Garages

Image of Accessible parking garageWhen designing accessible parking spaces, it is important to remember that the slope of the ground surface for the entire parking space and adjacent access aisle must not exceed 2% in any direction. At parking structures and precast garage systems, we have found that important details and coordination needed to achieve compliant ground surface slopes are often overlooked.

SWA Annual Company Meeting

ST company meetingAt SWA’s annual company meeting in June, Accessibility Consultant Samuel Tellechea presented on the emerging senior housing market. Today’s seniors are seeking out living accommodations that will encourage a more active and stimulating lifestyle while supporting their overall health and wellbeing. Because of the accessibility needs in senior housing developments, this is an exciting avenue that the accessibility team has been pursuing for several years. Sam was eager to share the accessibility team’s experience in this market and kick off a company-wide initiative to help make housing options for aging populations healthier, more sustainable, and more accessible.

NAPHN Conference

Theresa and Joanna presenting at NAPHNJoanna Grab, Senior Sustainability Consultant, and Theresa D’Andrea, Senior Accessibility Consultant, presented on the link between Accessibility and Passive House at the 2019 North American Passive House Network Conference in June. As multifamily high-rise buildings turn increasingly to Passive House design to meet their energy goals, our consultants are finding that accessibility requirements are often overlooked in early design phases, resulting in a negative impact on the project as design and construction progresses. Theresa and Joanna highlighted several areas that architects need to focus on to ensure compliance while stressing the importance of pressuring manufacturers for products like exterior door thresholds that work for both accessibility and Passive House.
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Shaken, not stirred - the Accessibility team had some fun with a side of team building at a Mixology class in June!

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