Senior living is a vibrant market that weaves healthcare, hospitality, multi-family, and residential into one complex sector with enormous potential for sustainability, wellness, and the green building movement.
The Meyer Senior Living Studio, along with Northstar Owner’s Representation, presented an educational session entitled, “Supporting Health and Wellbeing in the Built Environment” at the 2019 LeadingAge PA Annual Conference & Expo in Hershey, PA. Meyer Managing Principal, George Wilson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, and Allie Thompson, Senior Designer, provided a comprehensive look at how sustainable design and building influences senior living design and an overview of the WELL Building Standard as a potential game-changer into the overall senior living care continuum. “The WELL Building Standard can benefit senior living owners and operators that want to support and advance older human health and wellness into their facilities”, said Allie.
The WELL Building Standard, founded by the International WELL Building Institute, is a performance based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being. The first protocol of its kind, the WELL Building Standard identifies conditions that, when holistically integrated into building interiors, enhance occupant well- being. This system focuses on seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. 90% of our time is spent indoors and the WELL Building Standard uses design elements to unlock human potential by creating a design to increase healthy behaviors. It addresses how buildings will impact and enhance residents’ social, emotional and physical well-being while giving us an opportunity to create happy and healthier living environments for seniors.
For more information on this presentation or the WELL Building Standard, please contact Allie Thompson.