EDMONTON, ALTA. – Commercial real estate company CBRE announced that its Edmonton office has achieved WELL Certification at the silver level for new and existing Interiors by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).
It is the first property in Alberta to obtain the achievement. The certification is based on IWBI’s WELL Building Standard which encourages employee health and wellness through the built environment.
CBRE’s office on the 19th floor of Manulife Place achieved WELL certification after it was assessed, monitored and tested across seven wellness categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
According to CBRE, the office incorporates more than 100 wellness strategies, including universal access to natural light for employees, ergonomic sit-stand desks, and noise-attenuating technology to reduce stress-inducing background noise. Carbon-filtered water is provided within 30 metres of workstations to keep workers hydrated. And a central lunchroom, the RISE Café, encourages staff to take a break from their desks to eat while exchanging ideas.
“The fact that CBRE’s office has become the first workspace in Alberta to receive WELL Certification speaks volumes about the value our company places on the health and wellbeing of our employees and clients,” said David Young, executive vice president and managing director of CBRE Edmonton, in a press release. “It also underscores CBRE’s market leadership in Alberta and beyond. With five WELL-Certified offices in Canada, CBRE is at the leading edge of office design and is able to help our clients achieve significant benefits for their people.”
In the past few years, the company has renovated nine of its other offices in Canada with the goal of create world-class space for employees and clients. The company stated that its intent is to help pioneer the adoption of the WELL Standard, which it considers to be the next frontier in workplace design. CBRE now has a total of five offices registered for WELL Certification, making it a leader in global adoption of the standard.
In 2013, CBRE’s global parent became the world’s first company to achieve WELL Certification for a commercial office space through the WELL pilot program, with the opening of its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles. CBRE is currently connected to 89 WELL projects worldwide, acting as either the owner or consultant, representing a total of more than 16 million sq. ft.
“We’ve experienced a shift in how people think about the built environment and how it impacts health and wellness,” said Jean-Philippe Picard, managing director for project management services in Western Canada at CBRE, in a press release. “Having carried out WELL Certification in several of our offices, and with the workplace transformation program executed by CBRE’s very own service lines – including workplace strategy, transaction advisory, office relocation and project management teams – we boast a wealth of institutional knowledge and expertise to advise and execute on WELL Certification pursuits.”