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JLL eyeing employee well-being in move to 28 Liberty Street

JLL is pursuing WELL Certification for its new Downtown offices with the International WELL Building Institute through its WELL Building Standard, the first building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and well-being through the built environment.

JLL recently relocated its Lower Manhattan office to the 30th floor of the Class A 2.2 million-square-foot landmarked building at 28 Liberty Street.

The new space has been designed to showcase the firm’s commitment to sustainability, health and wellness and also meets the U.S. Green Building Council standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum Certification.

Administered by the International WELL Building Institute, WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.

WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between buildings and the health and wellness impacts on its occupants.

In its efforts to achieve certification, JLL implemented stringent cleaning and ventilation standards and installed state-of-the-art equipment to provide high-quality indoor air and water for everyone at its 28 Liberty Street office.

Visual and physical ergonomic systems were put into place that included ensuring all computer screens and workstations were fully adjustable in terms of height and distance from the user, and could alternate between seated and standing positions.

The firm also paid significant attention to lighting, with all workstations and conference rooms located on the office perimeter allowing for direct views to the outdoors.

JLL installed task lighting with adjustable color temperature and built-in occupancy sensors and electric glare control was incorporated directly in the design of the office space.

The effort to achieve WELL Certification and LEED Platinum certification is being led by Dana Robbins Schneider, managing director and head of JLL’s Energy and Sustainability Projects group in the northeast, and includes George Ladyman, managing director and head of JLL’s Project and Development Services in the northeast; Hrisa Gatzoulis, senior project manager, and Corey Greer, vice president.

The team is working closely with Delos, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate and founder of the WELL Building Standard to provide WELL Certification consulting services.

“JLL’s new offices in Lower Manhattan are intended to showcase the benefits of sustainability and wellness building standards that we advise our clients to follow,” said Robbins Schneider.

“There is no better way to understand the impact of these important efforts to incorporate human health issues into everyday real estate decisions than to do it ourselves for our own staff.”

JLL inked a 10-year lease for 10,000 s/f on the 30th floor of 28 Liberty Street in 2015, and completed the relocation of its Downtown employees to the new offices in late June 2016.

John Wheeler, managing director, represented JLL in the transaction with Tom Costanzo, director of leasing, representing building owner Fosun Property Holdings in-house.

“JLL’s new Downtown office project was focused on mindful design,” said Ladyman. “Our offices are intended to celebrate and foster culture and the human spirit. We concentrated our efforts on the people who work here, establishing wellness, health and activity programs along with employee incentives to help our people get healthier and stay that way.”

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