Champions are early adopters of Fitwel’s innovative approach to health and wellness, and have committed to applying Fitwel’s design and operation strategies to all of a portion of their workplace portfolios. Fitwel Champions leverage the connection between design and policy strategies within buildings to impact occupant health. With evidence-based strategies and a simple, easy-to-use way to measure and track progress, Champions support the philosophy that a healthier workplace environment should be accessible for all.
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Kilroy Realty Corporation announced that eight of its assets, totaling approximately 2.5 million square feet of office space and representing 17% of its stabilized portfolio, have achieved Fitwel certification, administered by the Center for Active Design. The Fitwel certification system, which rates workplaces that promote positive health outcomes for occupants, was created as a joint initiative led by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the General Services Administration (GSA) in addition to experts in public health and design over a five-year process completed in 2015.
“Fitwel allows us to demonstrate to our tenants that our buildings promote healthy outcomes both inside and out. Further, the system provides an accessible roadmap to allow our building teams to make positive, tangible changes that will help our health scores improve over time,” said Sara Neff, senior vice president of sustainability for KRC. “The fact that the CDC and GSA created this system gives us confidence that the health measures they endorse will result in clear benefits for our tenants.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the world-renowned owner and operator of office properties, Kilroy Realty, as a Fitwel Champion,” said Joanna Frank, chief executive officer of the Center for Active Design. “By integrating Fitwel’s scientific design and operational strategies within its portfolio, Kilroy Realty is recognizing the shift in the market by providing office spaces that promote the health of its tenants and the communities in which they are located.”
HCM an award-winning architecture firm that practices an integrated approach to design excellence with environmental sustainability, has committed to applying Fitwel to office spaces in Baltimore, MD, Denver, CO, and Alexandria, HCM’s commitment will elevate health as a priority within its offices and build capacity and knowledge among its staff.
The CDC, a federal agency that protects the US from health, safety, and security threats, has applied Fitwel to Building 107, part of its Chamblee campus in Atlanta, and received a 3 Star Fitwel Rating – the top rating available. The CDC will remain Fitwel’s research and evaluation partner moving forward, ensuring that updated versions of the rating system remain true to the scientific evidence available.
Integral Group is a global engineering firm delivering green sustainable solutions to buildings and communities with a focus on health and wellness for our staff and clients. To that end, Integral consciously provides a nurturing working environment for its team, and has committed to applying Fitwel to four offices in three countries
Kilroy Realty Corporation, a real estate investment trust and North American leader in sustainability has 8 Fitwel certified properties in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle, totaling approximately 2.5 million square feet of office space and representing 17% of its portfolio. Kilroy intends to both continue pursuing Fitwel certifications for its stabilized buildings that qualify for the certification and to using the Fitwel system as a guide to making health-related improvements in its existing portfolio.
WSP is one of the world’s leading engineering and professional services consulting firms, with over 37,000 people in more than 500 offices across 40 countries. WSP has expertise ranging from urban planning to engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and is a market leader in supporting workplace wellness for employees, clients, and surrounding communities. As a Fitwel Champion, WSP has committed to attain Fitwel certification for a portion of their offices in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Menkes Developments Ltd is an award-winning, fully integrated real estate company involved in the construction, ownership and management of office, industrial and residential properties. As earlier adopters of Fitwel, Menkes will utilize the standard to implement improvements at its managed office buildings to help promote opportunities for occupants to improve their health and wellbeing.
Solidifying its commitment to evidence-based, healthier workplace design, global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will was the first company to pursue—with the intent to achieve—Fitwel certification for all of its North American offices. Perkins+Will has committed to certify all of their North American offices over the next two years.
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc, is the first and only real estate investment trust (REIT) to be named “First-in-Class Fitwel Champion,” and is the first company to have received Fitwel certifications. To date, Alexandria has earned five Fitwel 3 Star Ratings, demonstrating promotion of the highest levels of occupant health and wellness at four of its campuses.
EYP, a global provider of high-performance building design, research, and consulting services, has committed to using Fitwel’s strategies as a guide for workplace design. EYP’s strong evidence-based design approach and commitment to Fitwel will assist in advancing health-promoting design for workplaces.
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