D08 - Designing for Dignity: Serving through Sustainable Design

Thursday, November 21 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM | B401 « Back

Abstract Text:

Vanderweil and Rust Orling will bring expertise in this field and personal project experience to our presentation. We will give examples of Designing for Dignity strategies from LEED, SITES, and WELL used in the design and construction of an assisted living facility our firms collaborated on. Additional strategies not addressed in these rating systems will also be discussed. This presentation will focus on leveraging LEED, SITES, and WELL to incorporate Designing for Dignity into the integrative process. A process will be outlined that uses LEED v4 BD+C – Site Assessment to identify vulnerable populations that will interact with the building in the early stages of a project and then pinpoints additional opportunities within the LEED, SITES, and WELL rating systems to interact with those populations productively. Implementation of specific strategies from LEED, SITES, and WELL into an assisted living facility will be discussed, including: LEED v4 BD+C • Site Assessment: identification of vulnerable populations • Thermal Comfort: operable windows for access to fresh air • Quality Views: maximization of window size in residential units • Daylight: higher ceilings and taller windows to have daylight deeper in the floorplate SITES v2 Rating System • c6.4: Support mental restoration: courtyard with fountain and seating WELL Building Standard, version 2 • N09 Special Diets: options for occupants with allergies, intolerance or dietary restrictions • V06 Physical Activity Opportunities: fitness classes available • M01 Mental Health Support: cooking and art classes available, planting stations with seating for gardening opportunities, same activities available in separated spaces for residents who need quieter environments • C13 Accessibility and Universal Design: lean rails in corridors to allow residents to move through the building independently, 100% ADA adaptable bathrooms

Learning Objectives:

Leverage LEED, SITES, and WELL in the early stages of designing the project with key stakeholders to serve vulnerable populations.

Incorporate designing for dignity into the integrative process.

Consider design strategies that help promote occupant and community dignity by implementing human health and wellness credits of LEED, SITES, and WELL.

Understand implementation of designing for dignity, with examples from an assisted living facility.

Learning Level:



GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, WELL Specific, SITES Specific
Well/LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, WELL Specific, SITES Specific

Education Tracks: Affordable Housing|Equitable Communities

Event Type: Conference Session > Session