Scioto’s construction team plays a central role in the company’s core business— designing quality residential homes tailored to meet the individual needs of people with disabilities. As Scioto’s construction manager, Scott Zdroik works with architects to modify floor plans to fit a client’s specific needs.
That means not only the standard wheelchair-accessible bathroom but also special touches other developers may never think of, like placing outlets and light switches at appropriate heights for those using wheelchairs and designing bathrooms with plenty of storage space for medical equipment. Little details like these help make a house feel more like a home.
“Every time we lay out a home for a provider, our first thought, and our first goal internally here is to make sure it’s a home,” Zdroik says. “We know it serves a function, we know it’s here to help a need and a population, but it still needs to be home. So I think what we’ve done here at Scioto over the course of the last couple years is unprecedented—we’re able to maintain that home feel and still allow these facilities and these homes to serve a function, which they are here to do at the end of the day.”
Throughout the process, Zdroik incorporates the principles of universal design, a concept of designing environments to be inherently accessible to all people, regardless of their ability or age. It’s an inclusive approach that values simple and intuitive solutions and flexibility in use.
Scioto is able to integrate those universal design elements by going through an in-depth and collaborative design process. The construction team coordinates with architects who specialize in medical and assisted-living facilities and, at the same time, work closely with the actual customers, incorporating their feedback based on daily interaction with a home and the things they like and don’t like.
The end result is a home designed with the end user in mind, whether that’s someone who has experienced a traumatic brain injury or a someone who has a physical disability.