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Improve School Security Without Breaking the Bank

Posted by: Scott Downie

Article included in School Leader, April edition 2016... Schools continue to operate under tight budget constraints. With available dollars prioritized to educational delivery, it’s a simple reality that security-driven improvements can’t always rank at the top of the spending list. Continue Reading

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Going Beyond ADA In Bathroom Design

Posted by: Steve Leone

Article included within Environments for Aging, Spring 2016 edition... Senior living bathrooms all tend to include the same elements, from shower to toilet, but how those elements might be located to achieve optimal results is anything but ordinary. That’s what Francis E. Parker Memorial Home Inc., owner and operator of long-term care community Parker at Monroe (PAM) in Monroe, N.J., proved to the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Continue Reading

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Get Up and Move!

Posted by: Frank Sherman

I already know I’ve been sitting at my desk too long as I settle in to write this. It’s time for me to get up and move. But let me get a few more sentences down – and answer these emails that just popped up – and revise that document the client says they need - I’ve got to take this call, back in a minute…. Before I know it another hour has passed and here I am still planted in my chair. Have I been productive? I suppose, but I am only six sentences into the task I set out to do, and I feel I have not moved an inch, which is literally true if you don’t count the slight shifting of the chair. I am rooted at my desk and that’s not such a great thing. Continue Reading

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Optics and Outcomes

Posted by: Steve Leone

If it looks like a house and smells like a house, is it a home? In designing long-term care environments, or as we used to call them, nursing homes, we take great pains to re-create places that look just like the ones we came from. They may have peaks or porches, kitchens or dens, laundries or gardens but they all try to replicate home. It’s natural of course since we work so hard to make our homes just right; comfortable, warm, and above all, ours. Continue Reading

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Art & Architecture

Posted by: Scott Downie

We see use of the words Art & Architecture in many varieties and combinations. Whether in the context of a travel guide for historic cities or the curriculum for university programs the two are seen and felt to be linked even by association. It is a compliment to both as the “Art of Architecture” or “Architecture as Art” elevates both to a level the words themselves imply. Continue Reading

Let there be (the right) light

Posted by: Paul Gibeault

What type of lighting is ‘right’ for a senior living space? Answering that question involves understanding many variables affecting the quality of light including but not limited to brightness, contrast, glare and color temperature. Keeping up with technology advancements and building code changes adds yet another layer of complexity. Overlay these variables with the continual desire to recreate home-like environments for senior living while also delivering regulated health care services at times and you have a complex and nuanced formula to calculate in trying to answer the question. Continue Reading