LEED BREAKFAST SESSION II: WELL Building Standard
Increasing amounts of evidence-based medical research demonstrate that there are resonating connections between the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time and the health and wellness impacts on us as occupants. Our second session of the 2015 LEED Breakfast Series focused on the WELL Building Standard®, the newest solution to address these impacts. The WELL Building Standard® is a performance-focused system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing. Optimized for commercial and institutional buildings, WELL focuses on best practices in design and construction in order to enhance the affirmative environmental elements of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. The WELL Building Standard® was developed through consultation with leading medical researchers and building industry practitioners.
Speakers discussed key questions such as:
What does the WELL Building Standard® measure and how do projects get WELL® certified?
Which projects have already achieved certification and what is unique about them?
Whitney Austin Gray, Executive Director of Research and Innovation, Delos
At Delos, Dr. Whitney Austin Gray is responsible for the oversight of health research and the development of innovative design strategies and products that seek to improve human health and wellness through building design.
Prior to joining Delos, Dr. Gray served as the Health Research and Innovation Director for Cannon Design, a global healthcare design firm, where she oversaw the company’s primary and secondary research, prototyping and innovation platforms. During her tenure with Cannon Design, she delivered transformative projects to clients and worked to develop and promote new ideas that increased the impact of health research and innovation on the design industry. She holds dual appointments as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Studies, with research interests that include the development of innovative and sustainable design strategies, processes, and products that provide a safe and healing environment for patients and staff.
Barbara Ciesla, Senior Vice President, Occupier Strategies & Solutions, Jones Lang LaSalle
Active in sustainable initiatives throughout her career, Barbara is focused on helping clients assess and manage their environmental impacts, and providing innovative solutions that support and add value to achieving business objectives tied to environmental and human capital objectives. Barbara's work includes providing strategic direction on sustainable practices and in identifying green operating solutions. By combining her understanding of tenant’s organizational needs, building operations & behavioural science, she developed an industry leading and award winning program for occupant engagement.
Martha MacInnis, Design Director, Workplace Experience, TD Bank Group
Martha MacInnis is Design Director for Workplace Experience at TD Bank Group. She is responsible for developing strategy for design and Employee experience for TD's North American corporate portfolio engaging stakeholders and industry leaders in conversation about the evolution of workplace design and the impact on the Bank's real estate strategy. Martha is a licensed Interior Designer with more than 8 years' experience working within the Architecture & Design industry. She is passionate about creating environments that support an engaging and memorable occupant experience with a focus on developing programs and tools to measure the qualitative and quantitative impacts of design. Martha recently participated in the inaugural WELL AP Workshop at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and earned a provisional WELL Accredited Professional credential through the International WELL Building Institute.