Senior Living Trends

Preparing for the Future – Building Flexibility into Supportive Living Structures

February 27, 2017, In , , , , , , , by Andrew Korb

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The future can be uncertain when it comes to predicting the level of supportive living care your community will need. By implementing construction standards that suit the highest level of care today, you can adapt resident units to meet your needs tomorrow. This forward-thinking approach makes addressing the needed changes more financially feasible later.

In general, skilled nursing environments have the most stringent construction requirements, and these requirements can vary from sta... Read more...

Tech Talk – Getting the Lights Right | Lighting solutions that reinforce resident-centered care

February 27, 2017, In , , , , , , by Tony Luciano

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AG Architecture is synonymous with senior living architecture nationwide. I have been fortunate to spend over twenty years working to evolve and improve that product. When you work primarily in a specialty field, it is a good idea now and then, to step back and examine the path that has led us to our successes and evaluate areas for improvement. One topic that lends itself to periodic review is building lighting, specifically in resident rooms.

The word evolution usually refers to a sl... Read more...

Meet the Team – 25th Anniversary Celebration

February 27, 2017, In , , , , , , , , , by admin

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In 1992, a fledgling architectural firm first known as Aldrian Guszkowski was formed. After Chuck Aldrian’s retirement in 1998 and the firm’s move to the Village of Wauwatosa, it was re-branded AG Architecture, reflecting the names of Steve Alexander and Gene Guszkowski. But Gene and Steve first began working together in the 1960’s in an earlier generation of the firm, likewise John Cronin, Cindy Lofy and Tracey Schnick were part of the team prior to the 1992 start date.

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In the News – Hillcrest Country Estates recognized by Argentum/Senior Living by Design

February 24, 2017, In , , , , , , , , , , by admin

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AG is honored to have worked with Hillcrest Health Services on the Grand Lodge and Rehab Cottage additions to Hillcrest Country Estates. Argentum recently selected the project as one of the Senior Living by Design winners. The project is highlighted in the November/December 2016 article – Building Design Knocks Down Walls in Senior Living by Lisa Rabasca Roepe.

Thank you Argentum for this recognition!

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Tech Talk: It’s the season of Comfort and Joy!

December 5, 2016, In , , , , by Tony Luciano

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What is more soothing than the soft, cuddly warmth of a dog or cat on your lap? How do you look at those eyes and not smile?

Tony’s Cat – Porter

 

For many of us, these animals are important and loved members of the family. For aging adults in all levels of senior living, that emotional connection is a significant factor in their health and well-being.  More and more care communities are recognizing this fact and incorporating or even promoting ... Read more...

Home Sweet Home – The Essential Elements of Household Design

December 2, 2016, In , , , , , , , , , , , , by Gene Guszkowski

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Leaders in the senior living industry continue to look for ways to improve the lives of our ever-growing senior population. As these leaders focus on the future and take note of this specialized demographic, the approach to senior living design continues to evolve. Aspects of hospitality design are being applied in senior living communities in order to elevate the resident experience and infuse a vibrancy that supports an active lifestyle. And in skilled nursing, elements of residential desig... Read more...

Artistic Communities: Thoughtful Programming Activates Environments

October 10, 2016, In , , , , , , , by John Cronin

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As communities make decisions regarding their approach to addressing the definition of the modern CCRC, it is not just about which renovations, additions or building projects to tackle. They need to consider the programs and services necessary to truly make these physical spaces a success on campus. A number of communities are finding art-related programming to be an important part of creating an active lifestyle for residents. From spaces to create art to places to display art, design and pr... Read more...

Meet The Team – Eric Harrmann

October 6, 2016, In , by admin

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AG Architecture is pleased to announce the promotion of Eric Harrmann to Senior Associate.

A committed AG team member for over 10 years, Harrmann is passionate about every aspect of the project process, but believes thoughtful site planning is the foundation that paves the way for project success. He received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) and continued to work with AG as he completed his Master of Architecture, als... Read more...

Tech Talk: Embrace Code Changes…The Good, The Bad & The Expensive

October 5, 2016, In , , , , , by Tony Luciano

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I hate to say I told you so…but I did!  My February article about the spotty and slow adoption of the ICC’s 2015 suite of codes across the country warned of the increasing cost of compliance. Several projects underway are making those revelations very real for our clients. Contractors that rely on historical cost estimations may be putting themselves in danger. Architects are having to rethink some details, construction methods and material selections. Building construction isn’t re... Read more...

LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo 2016 – See you there!

October 4, 2016, In , by Jenny Schrank

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AG Architecture is heading to Indy for LeadingAge 2016. We hope to see you there!

 

Visit us at Booth #1634 – Check out our new display!

 

Make sure to save time for Session 56-H. Planning for the Future: Diversifying an Organization. AG’s Jeff Hoffmann will be presenting with Matt Mauthe of Marquardt Village, Romy McCarthy of Piper Jaffray & Co. and Thomas Brod of North Shores Consulting to... Read more...