Companies Leading the Movement
Fitwel Champions are those companies that have committed to use Fitwel at a portfolio scale. Fitwel streamlines the process for efficient application throughout a portfolio, by focusing on parallels in the design and operations of buildings.
Fitwel Champions Program
Companies can become a Champion by committing to apply Fitwel to six or more projects within a 12-month period. Contact us to join other pioneers on employing this transformative approach to health and wellbeing.
As a Fitwel Champion, you will receive valuable benefits including:
- A reduced certification rate;
- On-call assistance from Fitwel’s team of dedicated account managers;
- A targeted training for Champion staff;
- Exclusive updates and access to Fitwel materials, including new scorecards, and Reference Guides
- One complimentary Ambassador course for each project committed to Fitwel; and
- Opportunity to join a Fitwel Advisory Council;
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“It’s important for HDR to walk the talk when it comes to designing sustainable spaces that promote health”
As a leading global provider of engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services, HDR’s employees are the key to its success. HDR has strengthened its commitment to employee health and wellness by becoming a Fitwel Champion. In February 2018, HDR earned its first 3 Star Fitwel certification for their office in Arlington, Virginia. As a Fitwel Champion, HDR has committed to obtaining Fitwel certifications for a minimum of six of their offices, pursuing Fitwel for its new Boston and Seattle offices and new global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, with other locations yet to be determined.
“It’s important for HDR to walk the talk when it comes to designing spaces that promote health,” said Sustainability Director Michaella Wittmann. “The health and wellness of our employees are of utmost importance. This rating system is just as important to us as the Envision rating system for sustainable infrastructure and the LEED certification for sustainable buildings that we adopt for our client projects.”
All of Our Champions
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Harvard Pilgrim and its family of companies provide health benefit plans, programs and services to more than 3 million customers in New England and beyond. When discussing Harvard Pilgrim’s wellness initiatives, Cynthia Ring, Chief HR Officer from Harvard Pilgrim commented, “The well-being of our employees is central to our talent management strategy. We can’t achieve our business objectives if we don’t have a healthy, engaged workforce.” As a Fitwel Champion, Harvard Pilgrim will use Fitwel as a guide to providing healthy and productive work environments for their employees.
As a leading global provider of engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services, HDR's employees are the key to its success. HDR has strengthened its commitment to employee health and wellness by becoming a Fitwel Champion. In February 2018, HDR earned its first 3 Star Fitwel certification for their office in Arlington, Virginia. As a Fitwel Champion, HDR has committed to obtaining Fitwel certifications for a minimum of six of their offices, pursuing Fitwel for its new Boston and Seattle offices and new global headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, with other locations yet to be determined.
Menkes Developments Ltd
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.
Establishing itself as a vanguard in the healthy building movement, AvalonBay Communities, Inc., a leading equity REIT with a long-term track record of developing, redeveloping, acquiring, and managing distinctive residences, is the first residential-only developer to become a Fitwel Champion and commit to implement Fitwel’s multifamily residential scorecard in their portfolio.
The Tower Companies
The Tower Companies, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate developer and recognized sustainability leader, is the first Mid-Atlantic only developer, owner, and operator with a portfolio including both multi-family residential and commercial office properties to commit as a Fitwel Champion. Tower is pursuing Fitwel certifications across their portfolio with a goal to enrich the lives of their occupants, connect them to thriving communities, and create positive social change.
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
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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.
Epsten Group is a global leader in sustainable design, engineering, and consulting services. By committing to use Fitwel within their own offices and client projects, Epsten Group has added health and wellbeing to its suite of expert services, including architecture, commissioning, and environmental sustainability best practices. Epsten Group looks forward to joining other industry leaders as a Champion company.
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.
QuadReal is a global real estate company with managed assets totaling more than $18 billion, including some of Canada’s most well-known properties. As a Fitwel Champion, QuadReal is committed to using Fitwel to support their efforts to create places that promote wellbeing and productivity for their tenants and residents.
Stantec, a leader in the design of sustainable and resilient environments globally, further solidifies their commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of employees and communities through pursuing Fitwel certification for 3 of its own offices (Boston, Denver, and Toronto), to initiate a program which will eventually expand to include more offices as they consolidate, relocate and renovate. Stantec will also advise building and design colleagues and commercial clients about the Fitwel system, including serving on the Fitwel Advisory Council.
Kilroy Realty Corporation
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.
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.
Tishman Speyer, a founding member of Fitwel's Leadership Advisory Board is a leading owner, developer, operator and fund manager of first-class real estate around the world will certify its buildings in the United States and introduce Fitwel to new markets in China, Brazil, India, Germany and France. With over 250,000 people working in its buildings, Tishman Speyer is uniquely positioned to apply Fitwel to all its properties around the world.
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
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.
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.
Vornado Realty Trust
Vornado Realty Trust is a fully-integrated equity real estate investment trust, which owns and operates over 30 million square feet of office, retail, and residential space in New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco. Vornado has pioneered sustainable best practices in real estate, through the creation of synergies among the operators, tenants, and infrastructure of each building. Vornado earned its first 3 Star Fitwel certification together with its tenant, Bloomberg LP, at 731 Lexington Avenue in 2017. As a Fitwel Champion, Vornado incorporates the Fitwel standard into its strategies on redevelopment and operations. Vornado has benchmarked its entire office portfolio through Fitwel and is actively pursuing Fitwel certification at several assets in 2018.
Arup provides planning, engineering, design, and consulting services for the most prominent projects and sites in the built environment. Since its founding in 1946, the firm has consistently delivered technical excellence, innovation, and value to its clients, while maintaining its core mission of shaping a better world. Arup opened its first US office more than 30 years ago and now employs 1,400 people in the Americas. The firm’s employee-ownership structure promotes ongoing investment in joint research and new design areas to yield better outcomes that benefit its clients and partners. As such, Arup was one of Fitwel’s early adopters and has already received Fitwel certification for two of its American offices, with more to follow. The firm is committed to healthy, sustainable design across all projects.