Newsmakers: Architects Taking the Lead – Stair Week 2014

Newsmakers: Architects Taking the Lead – Stair Week 2014

StairWeek_2014_Web_BannerSedgewick & Ferweda Architects & American Institute of Architects (AIA) Flint Chapter are leading the 2014 Stair Week celebration in Flint, MI, September 8-14, to highlight the health, green design, and environmental benefits of taking the stairs.

In a proclamation from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announcing Stair Week it states, “Research shows when done on most days of the week, three 10-minute bursts of an activity, like climbing stairs throughout the day, provides as many health benefits as a single 30-minute aerobic workout.”

Stair Week will be celebrated throughout the state of Michigan, with a kick-off event on Sept. 8 at 9:00 a.m. on the steps of the state capitol in Lansing involving Michigan First Lady Sue Snyder and Department of Community Health Director Jim Havermann.

Breakfast events highlighting Stair Week initiatives will be conducted by the AIA Grand Valley Chapter on Sept. 10 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, AIA Huron Valley chapter on Sept. 11 at the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and AIA Flint chapter on Sept. 9 at Powers Catholic High School in Flint.

“Promoting healthy building design and encouraging people to take the stairs will reduce our carbon footprints, and save electricity by limiting elevator use,” said Joyce Lee, FAIA, LEED AP, founder of Stair Week.

“As architects we know that no part of the world we design is too small, or too ordinary, to matter. Stair Week reminds us of this in a practical, inspiring, and healthy way,” said Paul Dannels, FAIA, President of AIA Michigan.

According to national research on health-promoting architecture, six studies evaluated the relationship between people’s perception of the environment and physical activity.  Overall, the median improvement in some aspect of physical activity was 35 percent given a perceived safer, inviting environment that encouraged using the stairs rather than an elevator.  In active building design research, men who climbed at least 20 floors per week can lower their risk of stroke and death from all causes by 20 percent.

Check out Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects’  own, Jeffrey Ferweda, AIA,  promoting the value of architecture and Stair Week on ABC News 12,