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Kinestral Technologies’ Halio smart-tinting glass provides daylight for seniors at Belgium’s Avondzon residential care center

Kinestral Technologies, Inc. and Halio International, S.A. announced yesterday at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo that Avondzon, a 160-bed residential care center in Belgium, has installed Halio® smart-tinting glass.  Developed and manufactured by Kinestral, Halio was used for 132 skylights to create a “glass roof” that would deliver maximum daylight without sacrificing the comfort of residents and staff. Research has shown that seniors need three to five times more light than younger people because a lack of light stimuli can disrupt their biological clocks.

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Revitalizing feeling of nature inspires tomorrow’s life-care destinations

Dee Schlotter, senior color marketing manager, PPG paint brand, discusses paint color trends in senior care living in her article “Revitalizing feeling of nature inspires tomorrow’s life-care destinations” published on PRISM. “As generations enter various stages of their life, their preferences and senses continuously change. Color choices often relate to a moment in time, how we feel and even how we remember certain experiences. Unlike many current assisted care facilities, paint color palettes for senior living developments will become more sophisticated over the coming decade, with infusions of modern architecture, colors and nature-inspired elements. Future life-care developments will soon mimic those of high-end hotels and resorts, as baby boomers and Generation X have refined expectations for their living spaces. From staff and services to design and décor, these communities will offer a relaxing, worry-free environment and a sense of being on permanent vacation, and color choices help contribute to the complete experience.”

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Cuningham Group breaks ground on Pacific Northwest Senior Living Community

Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., in partnership with owners Presbyterian Homes and Wesley Homes, recently broke ground on a 400,000-square-foot senior living campus in the Tehaleh Development in Bonney Lake, Washington. “When we first visited the site, we could feel this would be a very special place,” says Cuningham Group Associate Principal Amy Cheever, AIA, LEED AP®. “We were immediately inspired by the beautiful landscape and the fresh air that surrounds us. The vision was clear — to capture this connection to nature as much as we could in this new community.”

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OZ Architecture designs Airie active adult community at Denver’s TAVA Waters

“We’re very excited for this project. It’s incredibly rare to get a project with a waterfront site in Colorado, especially for older adult housing,” said Jami Mohlenkamp, principal and head of the senior living team at OZ Architecture. “We’re implementing some fun design elements that enable residents to take full advantage of this unique location.”

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New assisted living and memory care community to open this fall

OZ Architecture has designed a new 126,000-square-foot assisted living and memory care community, Atria Westminster, in the City of Westminster, Colorado. OZ Architecture designed the five-story residential building with classic brick and stucco exterior and gabled roof to create congruity within the surrounding neighborhood, while interior design elements recall the natural landscape and iconic Colorado red rock formations.

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HED announces completion of Fort Wayne affordable senior housing project

HED announced last week the completion of the Silver Birch of Fort Wayne, an affordable senior-living community. The team sought to create a building that felt broken down into smaller volumes, so as to help both residents and visitors more easily feel at home in the space. This strategy also helps with wayfinding for seniors struggling with memory challenges. In addition, the team sought to protect the environment and minimize its impact on the landscape.

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Lisa M. Cini transforms Columbus Woodland Manor Mansion into sustainable futuristic technology lab for multi-generational living

Known as the Henry C. Werner House* at 1640 East Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio, the Woodland Manor renovation will integrate the latest in-home living, showcasing the technology that safely enables independent living as we age. The project will incorporate the latest designs and disruptions while honoring the existing eloquent details of the French Opera style mansion, originally built in 1914.

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Sun City Kobe Tower, a luxury retirement community designed as a seamless merger of architecture, landscape, and interiors

The convergence of aging and luxury is a growing segment at a global level, and the new Sun City Kobe Tower is a great example of a project that elegantly resolves these factors. The Kobe Tower, designed by Richard Beard Architects, strives to create a vibrant community in which residents can thrive, while meeting the demands for high-end retirement living. Interior design is by BAMO Inc., and landscape is by SWA Group.

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Trumark Communities breaks ground on first age-qualified community devoted to wellness

Trumark Communities, a master planned development division of Trumark Companies, announced November 19 that it has commenced construction on The Collective, the country’s first age-qualified community devoted to wellness. Committed to improving health and human environments through design, the WELL Building Standard® by the International WELL Building Institute™ partners with communities to benefit health and well-being by aligning with the seven concepts of the WELL Building Standard – air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

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Building Up with Precast Concrete Panels

Builder Syed Bokhari passionately believes in creating durable, energy-efficient housing for seniors. That dedicated focus has led him to explore creative construction practices — including the use of precast concrete panels from Superior Walls by Magnis.

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