Interior Design Trends in Senior Housing

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Tony DiTucci has been the vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, in Pittsford, New York, since 2013. Among his many responsibilities, Tony DiTucci oversees the construction of senior housing facilities.

Pleasant and enjoyable senior living facilities are more than just brick-and-mortar structures. Substantial thought and planning must be invested in the interior design of the buildings to ensure both employee and resident satisfaction.

While the integration of technology into the living space is now routine in senior living residences, there are still areas for improvement. One of these is the use of LED lighting. In addition to the well-known potential for energy savings, the use of LED lights can promote better sleep patterns and reduce anxiety for residents through, for example, the coordination of lamp color with circadian rhythms.

Builders are also creating new senior housing with a greater emphasis on sociability. Dining rooms and fitness centers are increasingly becoming public spaces, and libraries are now often integrated into coffee shops rather than separate rooms to increase social interaction and engagement.

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USGBC’s LEED Green Associate Credential

 

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With over 15 years of experience in the construction industry, Tony DiTucci serves as vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, in Pittsford, New York. Dedicated to staying current on the latest industry trends and practices, Tony DiTucci maintains a LEED Green Associate credential.

The LEED Green Associate credential is one of several professional designations offered through the US Green Building Council (USGBC), an organization that promotes sustainable building practices in the construction industry. The Council’s suite of professional credentials gives real estate and construction industry professionals the opportunity to show their commitment to improving sustainability in the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings.

To earn the Green Associate credential, a professional must demonstrate an understanding of various green-building principles by passing a multiple-choice exam. The two-hour exam comprises 100 questions on the LEED process as well as topics such as water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and energy. Candidates must earn a score of 170 out of 200 to pass the test and become a LEED Green Associate.

Certified Green Associates must earn 15 continuing education (CE) hours every two years to maintain the credential. Professionals can earn CE credits by completing educational courses, working on LEED projects, and publishing articles or books on LEED-related topics. Credits can also be earned by volunteering for green-building projects. Those who earn their Green Associate credential can go on to earn LEED AP specialty credentials in several areas, including building design and construction, operations and maintenance, and neighborhood development.

Technology Investments Improve Senior Housing Facilities

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DGA Builders, LLC
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Tony DiTucci serves as the vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, in Pittsford, New York. Among his many responsibilities, Tony DiTucci oversees the development of senior housing projects.

While technology investment in senior housing facilities has been an essential theme for the last several years, these investments are finally starting to deliver the promised dividends regarding resident satisfaction and staff productivity.

Beyond the simple convenience of WiFi, technology-based solutions are delivering valuable data for administrators to make better-informed decisions on everything from resident care to construction expansion.

In particular, the electronic health record (EHR) has become a valuable system to monitor the health and wellness of senior housing residents. Once confined only to skilled nursing facilities, the EHR now allows state-of-the-art facilities to track a resident’s health from the time he or she moves in and document the progress of his or her health over time. Such information can assist staff and family members to make informed decisions about whether a resident needs a new service or a more intensive level of care.

Pre-Construction Consulting Services at DGA Builders

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Tony DiTucci is a graduate of Saint John Fisher College. Possessing expertise in project management, Tony DiTucci serves as a vice president of DGA Builders in Pittsfield, New York.

Founded in 1978, DGA Builders is a construction management firm that operates throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Southeast regions of the United States. The company strives to build positive relationships with clients and provide high-quality services. In addition to construction management, DGA Builders offers design-build, clerk-of-works (site inspection), general contracting, and pre-construction consulting services.

The pre-construction phase, which is a planning stage that takes place before a build begins, provides an opportunity for clients to prepare for critical decisions that may arise during a project. DGA engages in a range of pre-construction services, including budget consultation and cost estimating, scheduling, and project plan analysis. Moreover, DGA can help to coordinate the selection and management of subcontractors and other third parties that will be involved in the project.

The LEED Green Associate Exam

 

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An experienced, building-industry project manager, Tony DiTucci has overseen the construction of multifamily and assisted-living residential housing as a vice president of DGA Builders since 2013. In addition to his bachelor of arts in economics and political science from Saint John Fisher College and his master of arts in administration from Central Michigan University, Tony DiTucci holds multiple industry licenses and accreditations, including active certification as an LEED green associate.

A rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) evaluates the sustainable design initiatives and general environmental performance of professionals and organizations in the construction field. LEED green associate certification serves as a reliable indicator of expertise in essential green design, construction, and operational processes.

In order to earn the LEED green associate credential, candidates must pass a two-hour exam that consists of a task domain and a knowledge domain. Reflecting LEED concerns with safety and effectiveness, the task domain addresses aspects of green construction ranging from LEED project and team coordination to LEED credit analysis. The exam’s knowledge domain includes 85 questions on topics such as integrative strategies, water efficiency, and indoor environmental quality.

The LEED Green Associate Certification

 

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The vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, Tony DiTucci has more than 20 years of experience managing industrial, commercial, retail, and multi-family residential construction projects. Supplementing both his experience and education, Tony DiTucci holds certification as a LEED Green Associate.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications are third-party verifications for green buildings offered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). While there are no specific eligibility requirements to become a LEED Green Associate, it is suggested that professionals are familiar with LEED and green building concepts before seeking a LEED Green Associate certification. The certification shows that a professional is up to date on best practices relating to green building and demonstrates an individual’s commitment to their future understanding of green building.

The LEED Green Associate certification examination includes two parts, task domains and knowledge domains. Task domains serve to show that a professional can perform LEED effectively and includes everything from LEED project coordination to advocacy. Meanwhile, knowledge domains reflect what an individual must know to be a LEED Green Associate. This includes such topics as integrative strategies, project surroundings, and indoor environmental quality. The exam costs $200 for USGBC members and $250 for non-members. Students can register for $100.

New Trends in Apartment Living

 

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Tony DiTucci brings years of experience in the construction industry to his position of vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, a construction management firm with locations in both New York and Pennsylvania. Through his work with DGA, Tony DiTucci has been a part of both senior and multifamily housing developments.

Apartment buildings exemplify one type of multifamily dwelling, and newer apartment buildings often include modern amenities. Following is a list of some of the extras that are trending in newly built apartments.

1. Workstations – Some apartments provide Wi-Fi-equipped workstations in common areas to satisfy the needs of renters who may wish to work remotely, but require some quiet to do so.

2. Pet spas – Builders are finding that owners want luxury for themselves–and their pets. Some new buildings offer grooming services and exclusive areas for renters to exercise their pets.

3. Green leases – A selection of newer apartments are LEED certified and energy efficient, making them more affordable for tenants. To live in these buildings, renters must sign “green leases,” committing to practices such as composting, recycling, and using public transportation.