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Highways or hallways

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Webster's Dictionary defines a highway as a main direct road. So in healthcare for seniors, the corridors that link resident apartments to activity rooms, dining areas, and wellness offices, could then be considered the highways of the communities. And not only do residents, guests, and family members use these thoroughfares, but more importantly, staff use these arteries 24/7. Renovations in corridors are often just that -- a requirement -- not just a preference. First, they must address just who is using these internal highways. And having an awareness of the limitations of the resident prior to planning is the key to creating a good design. Choosing between resilient flooring or carpet can be a real dilemma for you and your client. It is essential that the project involve a team including staff, administration, the facilities manager, and the designer to develop a plan on how to handle the renovation.

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