TORONTO—Dream Office REIT recently announced it has achieved the milestone of becoming Canada’s largest commercial portfolio to earn the WELL Health-Safety Rating for 25 buildings across Canada.
The buildings total 4.6 million square feet, representing 87 per cent of the trust’s Canadian gross leasable area. Dream Office has properties in Toronto, Mississauga and Calgary.
A release stated that to earn the designation, Dream Office has developed Better Together plans for each building detailing new features to address the post-pandemic return to office. Infrastructure improvements across all buildings include upgrades of all air filtration systems with the highest efficiency MERV filters wherever possible, installation of UV light technologies, treatment of high-contact surfaces with anti-microbial solutions, and consistent measurement and monitoring of air and water quality.
Contact minimization strategies have also been implemented, such as social distancing markers, wayfinding signs and separation of pedestrian entry and exits.
Through the Dream+ app, tenants can access real-time updates about their building, learn about the enhanced protocols and features, as well as communicate with Dream Office directly on any questions or requests.
The WELL Health-Safety rating contains criteria set out by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), developed by the IWBI and launched in June 2020.
“Creating healthy and positive buildings has always been a cornerstone of our Dream Office approach,” said Gordon Wadley, COO of Dream Office REIT, in a statement. “Over the pandemic, this has never been more important – we have proactively made investments in new technologies and put in place extensive measures to ensure a healthy and safe return to our buildings.
“The third-party verification of our operational and maintenance policies, communications and engagement, and emergency preparedness plans ensures all of our occupants can feel safe and confident in our buildings emerging from this pandemic, whether it’s a boutique heritage building or a downtown highrise.”