Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Open to All Attendees!
Embracing the new and possible while delivering comfort and care.
President, HEWI, Inc
Professor, School of Architecture - Virginia Tech
Establish your own priorities beyond ADA and Universal Design Principles to create guiding principles for environments & products for your facilities. Grasping and applying the emerging possibilities coming from technology while staying focused on delivering comfort and care to our collective clients; patients and staff. New materials, electric and electronic controls and manufacturing processes are making greener, safer, more economical, more flexible spaces and products achievable. Design movements, manufacturers, institutions and governments are addressing the mounting burden from longer life spans, increased populations and expectations for an enhanced quality of life. The lines between providing healthcare, hospitality and residential offerings are blurring. At the same time, end consumers continue to resist an institutional feel. This presentation will draw on international examples of educational research, product, design and legislative responses.
1. What are the current and growing needs of our clients - patients, residents & staff?
2. Changing manufacturing and building techniques which enable safer & more useable environments while responding to clients need for a feeling of home?
3. Examples of new product solutions in development or available to meet these needs and requirements, using VT research projects and more
4. Case studies and projects - residential, hospitality and healthcare