Partnership yields dinosaur treasures at Wind Crest

Dave RahmProject director, Brinkmann Constructors When we started building the 84-acre Wind Crest retirement community in Highlands Ranch in 2012, there were no hints of the grand treasure that would be found underground – seven years after the ambitious project’s start. By this summer, we had completed construction of a 127,000-square foot continuing care center,…

Jennifer Hayes

October 27, 2019

Health care trends focus on patient experience

Jean Sebben, ASID, LEED AP ID+C, AIA APPrincipal, Jean Sebben Associates LLC Health care is the constant interface of a caregiver and patient, for the engagement of detailed and sometimes stressful communication within the virtual or built environment. Health care is heavily dependent on transforming patient data in order to streamline processes and improve care.…

Jennifer Hayes

October 20, 2019

Considerations for operations during renovations

Amy Dvorak, Associate AIACommunications manager, Treanor HL Hospitals are complex. Renovating hospitals is even more complex. Take into consideration existing medical systems, heat loads and major utility shutoffs – not to mention the utmost priority that is patient care – in a dust-free, soundfree environment that seamlessly continues uninterrupted patient care. To do it well…

Jennifer Hayes

October 13, 2019

Designing in service of the hospice support structure

Kasia Bulkowski, AIA, NCARB, WELL APArchitect, MOA Architecture Recently, The Denver Hospice broke ground on the new Amy Davis Hospice Support Center, a two-story addition to The Denver Hospice’s inpatient care center in Lowry. The Denver Hospice is the region’s largest nonprofit provider of life enhancing hospice and palliative care. MOA Architecture is designing the…

CREJ

July 28, 2019

Designing for students of life, regardless of age

When thinking about designing for education, architects and interior designers often reflect on the needs of students from K-12 to higher education. We think about what learning spaces look like for young children to young adults, including where they sit, how they interact with teachers and how they work with and learn from each other. We might envision an elementary school classroom or a college student union or residence hall. 

CREJ

July 21, 2019

Aquaponics a new idea in health care environment

It wasn’t long ago that we either grew our own food or knew the farmer who grew it. However, in recent decades, small local farms have been virtually wiped out by an industrial and corporate controlled food system that has destroyed our natural resources, depleted our soils, sprayed toxic chemicals and has genetically modified our food in an effort to feed the masses.

CREJ

July 21, 2019

The morphing tenancy of health care real estate

Health care mergers and acquisitions are well beyond a common discussion. While the long-term economic and patient-care impact is unveiling at a slow, complicated trickle, the influence on real estate owners is nothing short of immediate and profound.

CREJ

July 14, 2019

Senior construction shows signs of a slowdown

In 2018 there were 754,000 residents aged 65 and older in Colorado, who comprised 13.4% of the total population. This is below the national average of 15.3%. The baby boomer generation includes all people born between 1946 and 1964. Boomers are now between 55 and 73 years of age. A decade from now, when all the boomers will be 65 and older, they will comprise over 18% of the total population.

CREJ

July 14, 2019

Incorporating hotel amenities in older adult housing

As designers and architects of older adult residences, one of our primary goals is to create spaces that support integration and community. Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to bringing different groups and generations together.

CREJ

April 22, 2019

Integrating modern equipment into existing spaces

Modern medical equipment is advancing rapidly, providing patients with state-of-the-art care and procedures that enhance safety. As an outcome, hospitals are retrofitting existing space in order to integrate modern equipment and technology into their buildings.

CREJ

April 15, 2019