J+J Flooring Group and SAGE Partner to Establish First-of-its-Kind Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) Project
J+J Flooring to Provide Funding and Support for the 2017 SAGE POE; Project Will Support the Life Experience in Senior Living
GRANDVILLE, Mich. – Aug. 9, 2017 – J+J Flooring Group and The Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE) have formed a partnership to establish the 2017 SAGE POE. The multi-step, multi-year program is the first-of-its-kind within the combined flooring and senior lifestyle spaces. The project will provide a sustainable platform to conduct ongoing post-occupancy evaluations (POEs) of physical environments for older adults that involve collaboration among numerous stakeholders.
J+J Flooring Group will provide funding for resources and administrative support for the SAGE POE. SAGE will work with J+J Flooring Group to leverage the company’s experts and relationships in the senior living space during the development, implementation, presentation and publication of the POEs. Additionally, J+J will participate in all phases of the partnership and the POE process. The partnership will enable SAGE to build a robust library of POEs, which is a significant first step to fortifying current and future POE tools for collecting usable data on evidence-based design outcomes.
“The opportunity to be a part of an initiative that has the ability to transform an industry and have a highly positive impact on the life experiences in senior living is tremendous,” said Keith Gray, Director of Applied Research for J+J Flooring Group. “We are committed to supporting meaningful research initiatives that align with the goals of SAGE and its members, and we are excited to learn the outcomes of the first POEs.”
POEs are used to improve the ways that buildings are designed and used to support productivity and well-being. Traditionally, POEs have been more commonplace in office buildings, schools and universities, hotels and hospitals.
“Given the significant growth and complexities of the senior living industry, more and move innovations are coming to the marketplace and we believe that POEs are one of the most valuable tools to help further shape highly successful physical environments for seniors,” said Mitchell Elliott, president of SAGE. “One of SAGE’s primary goals is to advance the knowledge about the planning and design strategies that enhance the quality of life for seniors. We believe that J+J Flooring Group is the best possible partner to help us achieve this goal – they are equally committed to elevating the life experience of seniors.”
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About J+J Flooring Group
For more than 60 years, J+J Flooring Group has intelligently crafted beautiful commercial flooring products for diverse applications. As a division of Engineered Floors, LLC, we are proud to be a part of the third largest carpet company in North America. With our range of products including broadloom and modular carpet, Kinetex textile composite flooring and luxury vinyl tile – we engineer all of our flooring solutions with a steadfast commitment to design, quality, service, integrity and sustainability.
In 2016, J+J Flooring Group joined Engineered Floors, LLC. Based in Dalton, Ga., Engineered Floors is a privately held carpet producer founded in 2010 by Robert E. Shaw. The company, which employs more than 2,800 people, produces stain-resistant and colorfast solution dyed nylon and polyester fiber and carpeting for residential replacement, new home builder, multi-family and main street commercial applications. To learn more visit, www.engineeredfloorsllc.com.
SAGE is a leading voice for excellence in the design of senior living environments—for both the built environment and the human experience within it. As such, SAGE promotes collaboration among aging services providers, design professionals, regulators, residents, researchers, manufacturers, educators, students and others interested in providing innovative and appropriate environments for older adults. SAGE membership includes professionals from this diverse base who find value in networking and drawing on the deep learning and sharing opportunities the organization offers.
SAGE sees the core element of its mission as providing a nexus for collaboration among all disciplines involved in the development, operation, and regulation of settings for older adults. To support this mission, SAGE offers educational forums that feature current research and best practices for the design of living environments. The organization also evaluates senior living environments based on SAGE’s design principles and shares results through conferences and publications. In addition, SAGE also promotes regulatory change and research that supports resident-centered care and more.