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Andrew Alden, M. Arch, Senior Associate, AG Architecture
Clare Hahneman, CPPM, CSM, Sr. Business Development Project Manager, Ecumen
Joe Sweitzer, Sr. Project Manager/Architect, Navigate Building Solutions
LuAnn Thoma-Holec, FASID, NCIDQ, CID, Principal Owner, Thoma-Holec Design
Senior living communities continue to evolve from sterile institutional settings to more hospitality-inspired environments. A key factor in elevating this senior living experience is providing residents with deep and meaningful connections to the outdoors and enhanced socialization. This aligns with a growing design industry focus on biophilia—”the innate human instinct to connect with nature and other living beings.” Biophilic design elements promote a healthy, comfortable, and engaging environment. This session will explore the biophilic perspective from several projects, focusing on the mindset of architectural design, interior design, landscape architecture, and operations (care and activities).
• Understand how to embed biophilic design concepts from the very first site planning discussions to the final interior design finishes.
• Explain the importance of cooperation between the physical environment and operational choices to achieve the highest impact of biophilic design elements.
• Consider how an environment enriched with biophilic features improves the health and well-being of residents, family, and staff and the marketability of a community.
• Identify the ROI for biophilic design features in both interior and exterior environments.