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2021 Abstracts

Adaptive Re-use Design-Build for Women's Center

Presenter: Lia Jenson, College of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology, Interior Design
Authors: Lia Jenson
Faculty Advisors: Kristen Arnold, College of Engineering, Applied Science of Technology, Interior Design
Institution: Weber State University

One of the purposes of this project and study is to research how design for a reuse renovation of a building can influence an individual, specifically female or child, that has or come from a traumatic experience that would be considered harmful to their health or environment. Greider and Changmugam (2013) state that for a shelter, it is important to design it as a therapeutic space and not a medical one. Create and design in ways that make the space unique rather than dull and subdued. It is the patient's or person's health that should be in your best interest so that you can help them heal. Further research into the sustainability of the building is the accreditation of accredited companies that are licensed to make sure that the building being built is actually sustainable. Rational economic theory (Pandolfi & Conconi, 2016) suggests that designers don’t consider the full situation when it comes to how consumer and commercial context can affect the sustainability of a buildings construction process. Designers need to realize in the early stages of the design process, the economic and sustainable objectives so they can be fulfilled when the design is completed. Not only does the exterior need to be sustainable but also the interior. Due to Aylap (2012) the indoor air is the most important. Throughout the design phases it will be considered how furnishings and materials give off air pollutants and the goal is to then strive and decorate the building's spaces with non-air pollutant materials.