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Category: Wellness

Using biophilic design to create spaces that support health and wellness

Stantec recently sponsored a research project to identify the impact biophilic design has on holistic wellbeing with Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, directly measuring physiological, emotional, and cognitive wellness. Our study results show that by leveraging these patterns of biophilia we can create a positive impact on people’s wellbeing. In total there are fourteen patterns broken out in three main categories that focus on nature in the space, nature of the space, and natural analogues. Many are easy to implement if programmed early into the design process and offer the ability to create truly immersive experiences.

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Montana Heritage Center in Helena

The design of the Montana Heritage Center in Helena, including a 66,000 square feet expansion and renovation to nearly 67,000 square feet of existing space, is led by Cushing Terrell and is anticipated to be completed in 2024. Taking inspiration from the state’s geology, the new expansion will appear to emerge from the earth, symbolically referencing the Lewis Overthrust, the geophysical collision of tectonic plates that drove one plate over another and helped to define Montana’s landscape.

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Valspar® announces 2021 Colors of the Year inspired by mindfulness and wellbeing

Valspar earlier this week announced its 2021 Colors of the Year with 12 livable shades the company says evoke calm, serenity and simplicity. When forecasting the 2021 Colors of the Year, the color experts at Valspar observed global lifestyle trends that have shifted significantly from last year. The rise in external stressors has correlated with consumer’s increased interest for mindfulness and self-care activities. Since a physical space can directly impact your mindset, this year’s colors have been selected to bring a sense of wellbeing to your walls, ultimately blending home improvement with self-improvement.

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International WELL Building Institute formally launches WELL v2

Following two years of extensive development, in-use application and review, the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) last week formally launched the latest version of the WELL Building Standard – WELL v2. WELL v2 is a vehicle for buildings and organizations to deliver more thoughtful and intentional spaces that contribute to improved human health and well-being. It includes a set of strategies that aim to enhance human health through design interventions, operational protocols and policies and a commitment to fostering a culture of health and well-being.

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COOKFOX-designed residential building tops out at Water Street Tampa

Designed by COOKFOX Architects in partnership with Florida-based O’Donnell Dannwolf & Partners Architects (“ODP”), with interiors by Washington D.C.-based firm Edit Lab at Streetsense, the new residential building features 388 new homes. Situated in the heart of the world’s first WELL-certified community, 1011 East Cumberland Avenue embodies COOKFOX’s signature biophilic design philosophy, which integrates elements like organic materials, floor-to-ceiling windows, natural light and local plants to create positive emotional responses and reduce stress among residents.

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Okland Construction headquarters in Salt Lake City

Okland hired WRNS Studio to renovate and expand their existing headquarters. Using LEED, Living Building Challenge, and WELL, WRNS worked with Okland to craft a healthy, inspirational workplace that connects employees with one another and their natural environment. Strategies focused on using healthy, regional materials, maximizing daylighting and views, and creating a warm and engaging sense of place.

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Akamai Technologies’ headquarters enhances staff experience in a unified, sustainable space

Akamai Technologies new global headquarters is designed to achieve both the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification and the International WELL Building Institute’s certification. The project team included: Boston Properties, Stantec (formerly ADD Inc.), Pickard Chilton, Turner Construction, Northstar Project & Real Estate Services, Acentech Incorporated, and Sasaki. Working closely with Acentech, Sasaki specified Rockfon’s acoustic ceiling systems, which were provided by Merrimack Building Supply and installed by Allan Construction.

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ASID announces first-ever Virtual Conference

The American Society of Interior Designers ​(ASID) has announced its first-ever Virtual Conference, seeking to unite design professionals nationwide. Created to support and inspire the design community despite the travel and health restrictions of COVID-19, the Virtual Conference will provide programming, resources, networking, and a virtual exhibit hall to connect designers and design partners, promote wellness and wellbeing, and demonstrate the impact of design. The Virtual Conference will be hosted on the ASID Academy and will also be accessible via mobile app from September 15-17, 2020 with a preview of the Exhibit Hall starting September 8, 2020. Additionally, the event is free and open to all of the design public, not just ASID members.

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5 strategies for creating safer, healthier hotel experiences

From retail-infused brands to Airbnb, the hospitality industry has seen its share of disruptors over the last several decades. These disruptors have been relatively gradual and allowed time for the savvy hotel brands to anticipate and react to change. The COVID-19 pandemic, however, arrived suddenly resulting in the abrupt shutdown of the entire industry. Brands and hotel owners were left scrambling to figure out how to react and strategize their next moves. Some hotels are taking a wait-and-see approach while others are implementing measures so that they can open as anticipated.

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Center for Active Design introduces the Fitwel Viral Response module to set building industry best practices for mitigating viral transmission

Fitwel®, the healthy building certification system operated by The Center for Active Design (CfAD), announced the launch of its Viral Response module, which provides annual, third-party building certification of policies and practices informed by the latest public health research on mitigating the spread of infectious diseases. Fitwel will provide recognition for implementation of the Viral Response module at a company level and/or within individual assets.

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Cradle to Cradle Certified products

The Cradle to Cradle program certifies products based on five quality categories—material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Click here to see a list of building supply & materials, as well as other products, that are Cradle to Cradle certified.