NYC’s first WELL-certified office boasts health-boosting features
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The new headquarters for Structure Tone, one of Manhattan’s largest construction firms, is the first building in New York City to be certified WELL, meaning that it’s deliberately designed to boost the well-being of the people inside it.
The 82,000-square-foot office space received a silver rating for a host of prescriptive features, including flooring, soundproofing, furniture, paint and sealants that have low or no volatile organic compounds — that is, toxic gas emissions that frequently contribute to indoor pollution, according to Inhabitat.
Other pro-health elements include scrupulous air and water filtration, circadian-attuned lighting that promises to foster alertness in the day and better rest at night, and sit-and-stand desks so employees can keep their bodies limber and moving.
Structure Tone brought in acoustic consultants to dampen ambient noise and minimize distractions.
An on-site café serves up plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains, along with beverages that contain less than 25 grams of sugar.
There is also an automated system that allows employees to “customize their own health profile” and learn to make more nourishing choices.
Although less widely known than programs such as LEED, the WELL Building Standard offers a new paradigm for the built environment, chiefly by incorporating features that promote the mind and body.
It’s not meant to supplant environmental building certifications, according to the International WELL Building Institute, but rather augment them.
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