The Green Health Partnership, a research and development initiative between USGBC, the University of Virginia School of Medicine and the International WELL Building Institute, is excited to announce the projects that have received the Building Health Leadership Award at Greenbuild Atlanta.
The Building Health Leadership Award celebrates green building projects that focus on promoting health and well-being throughout all phases of building development and operation. Award recipients go above and beyond standard practice by rigorously considering occupant health during project planning, taking strategic action to promote health and well-being through building certifications, and committing to measuring impact.
Recipients of the Building Health Leadership Award at Greenbuild include projects in the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong. These projects join a cohort of outstanding projects that received the award at IMPACT in St. Paul, Minnesota, and GreenerBuilder in San Francisco, California, earlier this year.
Genentech Employee Center
New Construction, Health and Fitness Center | San Francisco, California, USA
The Genentech Employee Center is a physical embodiment of Genentech’s focus on creating a great workplace environment. They began their health promotion process by setting goals to directly impact the health and well-being of their employees. Genentech aimed to
- Foster a positive sense of community.
- Reinforce their focus on wellness.
- Create meaningful change through innovative designs.
- Provide positive impacts on the environment.
The Employee Center’s design features target physical activity and mental health, and include a fitness and health center, gymnasium, ergonomics showroom, as well as career and financial coaching. Genentech partnered with designers at Perkins + Will to develop a comprehensive screening process for sustainable material selection that prioritizes human health and promotes supply chain transparency.
Universal design, biophilia and aesthetics were integral to the Employee Center’s design, resulting in an abundance of natural daylight and views, an interior courtyard and lush green spaces, and a comprehensive art and sculpture program. Monthly building tours introduce the wellness design features to occupants, and a comprehensive building signage program educates occupants on design concepts like healthy materials and natural ventilation.
The Hub Council and WELL Workplace Steering Committee have also developed a framework to measure the impact of wellness initiatives at Genentech’s Employee Center. Information on their utilization strategies, annual occupant user surveys, and measuring indoor and outdoor environmental quality provide health performance indicators for the building and help fuel decisions for future wellness strategies.
Interior Design and Construction, Office | Hong Kong
LEED Gold, BEAM Platinum, WELL v1 Platinum, RESET Certified, Fitwel Certified
The M Moser Hong Kong office integrates sustainable practices throughout its design to provide occupants with a healthy, environmentally friendly space. The goal of the project is to promote the mental well-being of employees by fostering a collaborative, productive and vibrant workplace environment.
Through detail, specification, design decisions and policy, this high-performance workplace maximizes space, natural light and views, and supports the firm’s “Work Well, Live Well” values. The project team used a holistic, human-centric process to weave together best practices from a number of different rating systems to promote employee health and well-being.
M Moser has achieved a broad range of best practice industry standards such as WELL, BEAM, RESET Air, LEED, Fitwel, and TOC. Not only do users benefit directly from carefully considered designs like ergonomics, acoustics, lighting, biophilia and food options, but they also learn how to implement these concepts for clients and share this knowledge with their local communities.
M Moser tracks the impact of its extensive health and well-being initiatives using data from personal fitness devices and participation in extensive health benefits programs, such as immunization promotion, remote work opportunities, healthy sleep policies and more. By creating workplaces that champion planetary stewardship and promote physical and mental well-being, M Moser Hong Kong encourages people to meet and exceed their own potential, while raising the bar for sustainability.
Teknion Toronto Showroom
Interior Design and Construction, Office | Toronto, Canada
CaGBC LEED Gold, WELL v1 Silver
Teknion has a longstanding dedication to improving health in the workplace. As an early adopter of WELL, Teknion recognizes the importance of prioritizing and standardizing wellness efforts for employees and building occupants across the organization. The company’s Toronto showroom was designed with health, well-being and sustainability as cornerstones for creating a warm, welcoming and productive workplace inspired by the principles of ethonomics.
To accomplish Teknion’s health, wellness and sustainability goals, the project pursued both LEED for Interior Design and Construction and WELL v1 for New and Existing Interiors certifications. Teknion Toronto obtained WELL Silver certification, in 2017, making it the 27th WELL Certified project in the world. The showroom is currently undergoing expansion and is pursuing recertification under the WELL v2 pilot at the Platinum level. Upgrading to WELL v2 is a natural next step to grow Teknion’s commitment to health and wellness.
Following the extensive design, operation and maintenance guidance both LEED and WELL certification provides, Teknion is able to ensure that the space is capable of maintaining rigorous health and well-being strategies for their employees. WELL recertification helps Teknion monitor its high level of operation with important health metrics. Air and water quality testing, air filtration maintenance, thermal comfort monitoring and occupant satisfaction surveys are required to reconfirm that all health and wellness policies remain in place, and that the health and well-being of the building’s occupants remains a principal focus of the company.
Texas Mutual Insurance Headquarters
New Construction, Office | Austin, Texas, USA
LEED Gold, Austin Energy Green Building 4-Star
Texas Mutual Insurance Company, in close collaboration with its design team, prioritizes wellness design aspects to create a healthy and active workplace. The headquarters building is located within the Mueller development community under LEED for Neighborhood Development—a pedestrian-friendly environment with walkable destinations, open green spaces and connections to public transit—concepts that are replicated throughout the project’s design.
One of the primary goals of the project was to align itself with the “Design for Active Occupants” LEED innovation strategy, to promote physical activity in what would normally be a sedentary office environment. With LEED Gold and Austin Energy Green Building 4-Star certifications, the project took action to implement building design features that encourage an active lifestyle for current and future occupants. These wellness features include accessible central staircases, activity-promotion signage, an on-site fitness center, complimentary healthy and locally sourced food and drink choices, biophilic elements, ergonomic workstations, public transit incentives and access to natural daylight and work-friendly green spaces.
To monitor the activity and health progress of occupants, Texas Mutual provides wearable devices to track activity, plus access for employees to an online portal that evaluates individual health scores and biometric data. The company also provides a generous financial incentive to all employees who participate in an annual health risk assessment and biometric screening. The data collected from internal programs, combined with data from medical claims, provide key insights into the overall health of the organization.