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Advancing Design Innovation for Senior Supportive Housing

Posted: January 11, 2013

Most of the time, we talk about the human aspects of the work that we do to provide services to our residents and enhance their quality of life.  This is the core of our mission, and we are tremendously proud of this work.  In support of this work, JCHE is also the manager and developer of physical assets – the buildings that house our communities.  In this role, as with our services, we are constantly striving to stay on the leading edge of design and innovation.  These efforts allow us to create and preserve beautiful spaces, both inside and out, for our residents.  They also allow us to utilize building technologies, especially green technologies, to manage with efficiency.

Over the last few years, we have been very excited about our relationship with Enterprise Community Partners, a leading organization in the promotion and creation of efficient, accessible, and exceptional affordable housing.   Our work with Enterprise has been particularly focused on the Brighton Campus, where project collaborations have allowed us to explore sustainability, accessibility issues, and design excellence for our upcoming renovation of Genesis House, and to look at the campus more holistically.

Over the last month, as part of Enterprise’s Pre-Development Design Visioning Program, we have been able to engage with four architectural teams to do some deep thinking with our staff about potential design approaches for future JCHE developments.  This week all four teams came to JCHE and presented big ideas about what could be possible in JCHE’s next development endeavor.  It was an incredibly exciting day of thinking and talking. 

One of the architects who presented shared a goal with us, to create “an everyday environment worthy of our affection.” (quoted from James Howard Kunstler)  JCHE’s goal could not be better stated – our job is to create places residents can love, where they can be inspired, can create home and community, and can connect with the greater world.  As we look to our future, we hope to continue to harness great thinking to imagine the possibilities for doing this for both current and future JCHE residents.

Today's post is written by Jessica Boatright, JCHE's Chief of Staff.
January 11, 2013 

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