Building for Senior Living: Structural, Mechanical, Plumbing & Fire
Demographic projections say that by 2030 almost 70 million people in the U.S. will be over 65. The fastest-growing part of the older population is also the group that most needs appropriately designed environments.
The first part of this one-hour course covers structural systems, with a review of the 12 factors involved in choosing a structural system. Construction of senior housing and care facilities involves system typically employed in relatively simple structures: wood frame, masonry bearing wall and concrete plank, structural metal stud, steel, precast concrete, and poured-in-place concrete. Selection of the appropriate system or combination of systems is usually the result of an evaluation of at least 12 factors.
The second part of the course discusses mechanical, plumbing and fire protection systems. These systems, although relatively simple in most cases, account for significant parts of both the construction and operating costs of senior housing and care facilities.