Category: Wellness

Designing healthcare spaces for kids: Infusing a sense of exploration and curiosity

What’s it like to design a healthcare space for children? Is it possible to infuse that space with imagination and whimsy, while simultaneously following the practical rules of a healthcare setting, such as infection control, times of operation, and safety? Two of members of the PlayPark design team—Laurena Clark and Olivera Sipka—sat down to discuss their approach and provide advice for others designing similar spaces.

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Four Pillars of Sustainability for Behavioral Health Environment

Actions and design choices which promote and protect our sustainable natural environment, promote higher levels of emotional health. There are four major components which are considered in Sustainable Behavioral Health. They are Natural Light, Acoustics, Biophilia, and Natural Ventilation. Integration of all components into a build space will help create a build environment to support and promote the behavioral of patients.

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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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theMART, the largest building to receive Fitwel Certification

theMART also represents the first certification achieved under Fitwel’s Multi-Tenant Whole Building Scorecard for workplaces. The iconic and historic building now includes strengthened operational and design features that support a healthy environment for its hundreds of tenants. The Fitwel Certification System is the leading global health certification that optimizes buildings to support occupant health.

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Guide to Green Building – Product of the Week

Fired-clay brick exteriors and pavers allow virtually unlimited design freedom with earth-friendly sustainability. Brick’s tested superior durability, moisture resistance, seismic strength and performance in extreme weather offers a minimum one-hour fire rating by itself. Made from abundant natural clay and shale, fired-clay brick is available in many colors that do not fade, does not off-gas volatile organize compounds (VOCs) or other toxic materials with a 100-year lifespan.

Fired-clay brick exteriors and pavers allow virtually unlimited design freedom with earth-friendly sustainability. Brick’s tested superior durability, moisture resistance, seismic strength and performance in extreme weather offers a minimum one-hour fire rating by itself. Made from abundant natural clay and shale, fired-clay brick is available in many colors that do not fade, does not off-gas volatile organize compounds (VOCs) or other toxic materials with a 100-year lifespan.

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