Building Type Basics for Senior Living and Care / Edition 1

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Building Type Basics for Senior Living covers the essentials for the planning and design of housing and care environments for the elderly. Authored by architects whose firm has handled hundreds of such projects, this nuts-and-bolts guide provides need-to-know information on a range of building subtypes, including active adult communities, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, adult day care, skilled nursing facilities, and more. The authors, pioneers in the field, offer highly illustrative examples of issues that are key to designing structures for the growing over-65 population.

This indispensable guide:

  • Asks and answers twenty questions that frequently arise in the early phases of a commission
  • Provides project photographs, diagrams, floor plans, sections, and details
  • Includes design guidelines for a variety of senior living projects, from creating a continuum of care to working through a maze of regulatory policies

This conveniently organized quick reference is an invaluable guide for busy professionals who want to get moving quickly as they embark on a new project. Like every book in the Building Type Basics series, it provides authoritative, up-to-date information instantly and saves architects, facility planners, and their clients countless hours of research. Engineering consultants will also find in this volume a wealth of information to help them tackle senior living commissions of all kinds.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471226727
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/22/2003
  • Series: Building Type Basics Series, #7
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.81 (w) x 9.47 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

BRADFORD PERKINS, FAIA, RAIC, AICP, is the founder of Perkins Eastman Architects, a New York—based architectural, interior design, and planning firm with a national practice and branch offices in Pittsburgh, Stamford (Connecticut), Charlotte (North Carolina), Chicago, San Francisco, and Toronto (Canada). His firm’s designs of senior living and care facilities, as well as other building types, have received many awards for design excellence and have been widely published.

J. DAVID HOGLUND, FAIA, is a senior principal and director of Perkins Eastman, and head of the firm’s Pittsburgh office.

DOUGLAS KING, AIA, AICP, is a senior principal and director in Perkins Eastman’s New York office.

ERIC COHEN, AIA, is a senior associate at Perkins Eastman.

STEPHEN A. KLIMENT, FAIA (Series Founder and Editor), is an architectural journalist and an adjunct professor at the City College of New York. He was chief editor of Architectural Record from 1990 to 1996.

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Table of Contents

Preface (Stephen A. Kliment).


1. Program (Predesign).

2. Project Process and Management.

3. Unique Design Concerns.

4. Site Planning/Parking/Access.

5. Codes.

6. Energy/Environmental Challenges.

7. Structural Systems.

8. Mechanical/Plumbing/Fire-Protection Systems.

9. Electrical and Communications Systems.

10. Special Equipment and Technologies.

11. Materials and Products.

12. Acoustic Control.

13. Lighting Design.

14. Interior Issues.

15. Wayfinding.

16. Renovation/Restoration/Adaptive Reuse.

17. International Challenges.

18. Operation and Maintenance.

19. Cost Issues.

20. Finances, Fees, and Feasibility.


Bibliography and References.


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