Brightening The Lives Of Seniors

Natural light streams into rooms and public areas in senior living communities.

Brightview, Tarrytown, NY, relies on 116 double- and 57 triple-mulled windows in resident rooms to bring natural light indoors. Each vinyl Slimline single-hung unit features contoured-in glass grids and a high-performance glass package to meet Energy Star qualifications.

The name Brightview says it all. At 35 Brightview senior living communities in eight states on the East Coast, residents get a brighter view of their surroundings thanks to dedicated efforts in daylighting. Energizing natural light spills into thousands of rooms and public areas, helping create comfortable living spaces. The sunlight flows through energy-efficient windows from Harvey Building Products, Waltham, MA (harveycommercial.com), that connect residents with nature and exterior views.

To connect Brightview, Wakefield, MA, residents with sunlight throughout the year, an expansive porch area was designed. Insulated, double-glazed low-e/argon-filled picture windows in custom sizes keep residents comfortable on the porch during every season.

Sunlight streams into this spacious resident bathroom at Brightview, Arlington, MA. “Windows play such a vital role in the design of our buildings,” said Alan Siegfried with Brightview Senior Living. “The Harvey windows provide us with value, dependability, and energy-efficiency features.”

“Natural light plays an important part of a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle,” said Alan Siegfried, vice president of project management for Brightview Senior Living, Baltimore (brightviewseniorliving.com). “That unique connection to the exterior world adds value and a real difference in the lives of our residents.”

Dozens of energy-efficient Slimline vinyl windows in a variety of sizes were used in the construction of Brightview, Canton, MA, to bring sunlight into the common areas of the building and individual resident rooms. The architectural team liked how the sleek, fully welded sash profile and fully welded frame design of the windows minimizes the width of the sash frames to increase the exterior view for residents.

When it comes to the design of the communities, the design/build team at PROCON, Manchester, NH (proconinc.com), is committed to daylight connections.

To maximize daylighting opportunities for residents, double-mulled single-hung windows are standard in guest rooms at Brightview, Arlington, MA. For safety, the Harvey windows are custom manufactured with a limited bottom sash balance, allowing residents to only open the windows only 6 in. to bring fresh air into their rooms.

The fitness center at Brightview, Canton, MA, is flooded with natural sunlight to connect residents to the outdoors. Windows were also included in other amenity areas of the building, including the beauty salon, multi-purpose great room, and private dining rooms. “Our company mission is to create vibrant senior living communities by creating dynamic living environments and delivering excellent service to all our Brightview residents,” said Alan Siegfried with Brightview Senior Living.

“In all our Brightview projects, our goal is to bring in as much natural light as possible to improve the health and welfare of the residents,” said Erik Anderson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, vice president of architecture at PROCON. “We’ve partnered with a window manufacturer that understands this desire and provides us with quality windows, reliability with no call-backs, ease of installation, and flexibility in design.”


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