Design for Employee Wellbeing: Why (and How) We Did It

Jennifer Taranto is the Director of Sustainability at Structure Tone.

When Structure Tone asked our clients about sustainability in the built environment, 95 percent of respondents agreed that employee wellness was an essential, expected or emerging area of interest for leadership and millennial workers alike. The number one reason for that interest? Attracting and retaining new employees.

Indeed, 2017 has been a banner year for advancing wellness in the built environment, which—when it comes to office spaces—is said to increase job satisfaction and reduce sick leave. In New York, we welcomed the first projects to achieve WELL Certification. The WELL Building Standard is a rating system that combines the best practices of design, engineering and construction with evidence-based medical science to help employers meet their wellness goals. Released in 2014, the standard addresses the quality of the air, water, acoustics, food and light within a space, while at the same time guiding companies on policies related to employee fitness, comfort and mental wellbeing.

Over the past few weeks, Urban Green has toured the JLL and COOKFOX offices as part of a WELL(ness) at Work series. Structure Tone is sharing the third featured project, our New York Headquarters, online via a three-dimensional virtual tour.

In the wrap-up panel discussion on Thursday, June 29, representatives from each organization will discuss why their companies chose to pursue WELL Certification and, perhaps more interestingly, how they chose to pursue certification. You’ll hear about the lessons learned and the unexpected opportunities, along with occupant and industry feedback and project outcomes. We’ll also answer questions about the costs of certification—both expected and unexpected.

I look forward to seeing you at the event. It will be moderated by Karen Quintana and Melanie Koch of the International WELL Building Institute. In addition to myself, the panel will feature Dana Schneider of JLL and Zach Craun from COOKFOX.


About the authors

Jennifer Taranto
Director of Sustainability, Structure Tone