The mission of the AIA Design for Aging (DFA) Knowledge Community is to foster design innovation and disseminate knowledge necessary to enhance the built environment and quality of life for an aging society. This includes relevant research on characteristics, planning and costs associated with innovative design for aging. In addition, DFA provides outcome data on the value of these design solutions and environments.
A veterans' facility in Gulfport, Mississippi, was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the building could not be salvaged. Most of the 600-plus residents were relocated after the hurricane, but they are now home again to a larger and more beautiful environment.
The project is now a vibrant 842,514-square-foot LEED Gold Certified building, situated on 46 acres on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. it rises majestically above palm tress on the Mississippi Gulf Coast like a grand hotel in the spirit of the art deco architecture of Miami Beach. The building is composed of three, eight-story residential pavilions, which are designed to withstand a category-5 hurricane and remain self-sustaining for weeks thereafter. #DFAR12 #BestPractices #SFCSInc #CaseStudies #SpecialProjects #ArmedForcesRetirementHome #DesignforAgingKnowledgeCommunity #DFA