WELL Certification is a performance standard that supports and advances human health and wellness in the built environment. This series focuses on different aspects and unique ways of complying with WELL. The series begins with a tour of the Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) offices [read recap], where we will focus on their innovative use of lighting. The second tour will highlight the office of COOKFOX Architects [read recap], where nature was skillfully integrated as a visual (and edible) element. Finally, join architects, project managers and contractors from these projects as well as Structure Tone for a panel discussion of their unique paths to WELL Certification.
Register below to join the panel discussion and learn from architects, project managers and contractors who earned WELL certification for their own recent office renovations. Thanks to COOKFOX for hosting.
Vice President of Technical Solutions, International WELL Building Institute
Karen Quintana is Vice President of Technical Solutions at IWBI, supporting the real estate and design industries as they pursue WELL Certification for their buildings. Karen is passionate about creating healthier spaces, and her passion has inspired countless projects to join the WELL community. Prior to joining IWBI, Karen worked in both the design and public health fields, providing expertise in finance, human resources, operations and project management. Karen has lived, worked or studied on all 7 continents and brings this global perspective to her work at IWBI.
Melanie Koch, WELL AP
Associate, Technical Solutions, International WELL Building Institute
Drawing upon her experiences in environmental health, Melanie serves on the Technical Solutions team at the International WELL Building Institute. She works to support IWBI's mission by providing technical support to project teams, developing tools and resources to facilitate the certification process and leading workshops to help educate the industry on the WELL Building Standard. Prior to joining IWBI, Melanie worked at Delos as an Associate on the Solutions team where, in collaboration with architects, engineers and building owners, she developed wellness-focused design and policy strategies for some of the world’s first WELL Certified projects.
Senior Project Manager, Energy and Sustainability Services, Jones Lang LaSalle
Hrisa Gatzoulis is a Senior Project Manager at JLL focused on Energy and Sustainability Services in the Northeast division anchored by New York City, Boston and Washington DC. Her focus is on energy and sustainability project management for a broad range of clients and project types. She specializes in comprehensive energy and sustainability performance and LEED certification for new buildings, existing building retrofits, portfolios, schools and commercial interiors. She has also managed the oversight for fuel cell installations throughout the US. Recently, she led the efforts in achieving WELL Certification for JLL’s new downtown NYC office space.
Dana Schneider, LEED Fellow
Managing Director, Energy and Sustainability Projects, Jones Lang LaSalle
Dana Schneider leads JLL’s Energy and Sustainability Projects team nationally and heads the Northeast division in a region anchored by New York City, Boston and Washington DC. She works across a variety of project types, focusing on energy performance optimization and sustainability program implementation. Schneider specializes in LEED and WELL certification for new buildings, existing building retrofits and client portfolios, as well as commercial interiors. She joined JLL in January 2002.
Zach Craun, LEED GA, WELL AP
Associate, COOKFOX Architects, DPC
Zach Craun is an Associate at COOKFOX Architects who works at a variety of project scales and typologies in the pursuit of integrated, environmentally responsive design. He currently serves on Urban Green Council's Programming Committee, the Board of Trustees at the De La Salle Academy and leads COOKFOX’s Green Team, an internal team of employees responsible for implementing sustainable practices within the office.
Jennifer Taranto, LEED® AP ID+C, BD+C and WELL® AP
Director of Sustainability , Structure Tone
Jennifer Taranto has been in the commercial real estate and construction industry for nearly 20 years. Prior to becoming Structure Tone’s full time Director of Sustainability in 2008, her previous roles included superintendent and project manager. Jenn drives the principals of sustainability, wellbeing and Lean construction into everyday practices across the Structure Tone Organization. She is recognized as a thought leader and change agent for the company through her work with teams to create awareness and behavioral change within both internal staff and the supply chain.