By using Fitwel’s innovative approach to health and wellness, and a commitment to applying Fitwel’s design and operation strategies to a portion or the entirety of their real estate portfolio, Champions are leveraging 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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Growing its focus on the importance of healthy workplace environments, Tishman Speyer announced a partnership with the Center for Active Design’s (CfAD) building certification system Fitwel. In addition to certifying its buildings in the United States, Tishman Speyer will introduce Fitwel to new markets in China, Brazil, India, Germany and France. The goal is to complete the certification process of the vast majority of Tishman Speyer buildings by the end of 2019.
“We are prioritizing the health and wellness of our tenants throughout our portfolio, and Fitwel provides a new building certification that can be used as a strategic resource to create healthier work environments,” said Jonathan Flaherty, Senior Director of Sustainability and Utilities, Tishman Speyer. “With its solid foundation in scientific research conducted or reviewed by the CDC, Fitwel provides us with a clear, verifiable benchmark of how our buildings currently provide healthy work environments for the people who spend most of their days there, and a roadmap for how to make the most beneficial health-focused building improvements.”
“We are proud to partner with Tishman Speyer as Fitwel’s first Global Strategic Partner to adopt health promoting strategies within their buildings and campuses and to further signal to the market that the built environment matters for health. Tishman Speyer has long been recognized as a market leader in providing building services with a sustainable focus. We are thrilled that they are also concentrating on impacting health within their global portfolio, and advising Fitwel on its development in the coming years,” said Joanna Frank, President & CEO, Center for Active Design (operator of Fitwel).
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.