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British Columbia receives its first WELL certified workplace courtesy of Perkins + Will


British Columbia receives its first WELL certified workplace courtesy of Perkins + Will

Over 100 wellness features are incorporated into CBRE’s Vancouver office.

By David Malone, Associate Editor | July 10, 2017

Photo courtesy of Perkins + Will.

The Vancouver office of CBRE Group, Inc. has recently become British Columbia’s first WELL certified workplace for new and existing interiors. The project was awarded gold level certification based on IWBI’s WELL Building Standard.

In achieving the gold level certification, CBRE’s Vancouver office incorporated over 100 wellness features. A staircase interconnects the four adjoining floors and promotes physical activity across the building. To nurture the innate human-nature connection, each floor includes a living tree that adds a biophilic element to employee surroundings. Additionally, a unique wood ceiling in the café was designed as an inverted topographic map of Vancouver meant to add warmth to the space and celebrate local culture.

“At CBRE, we believe that the workplace environment should and can actively benefit the health and well-being of employees, not diminish it,” says Loren Bergmann, CBRE’s Western Canada Managing Director of Workplace Strategy in a release.

The Vancouver CBRE office marks Perkins + Will’s first WELL certified project in Canada. The WELL building standard focuses exclusively on human health and wellness in buildings. It measures, certifies, and monitors building features that affect human health and wellbeing in seven categories: air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort, and mind.

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