Skanska USA has joined the Fitwel Champion Network. Fitwel is the world’s leading certification system for optimizing building design and operations to support human health and well-being.
The system was created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. General Services Administration, with the Center for Active Design. Fitwel Champions are committed to implementing the Fitwel Standard across their real estate portfolio, with only two dozen companies globally currently part of the program.
All of Skanska’s developments — office, multi-family, and mixed-use – aim to achieve a minimum of LEED Gold certification, with many achieving LEED Platinum.
In addition to achieving the highest possible LEED certification, the company’s application of Fitwel represents its dedication to developing buildings to their highest potential to create optimal environments for tenants and residents.
“Sustainability is woven into Skanska’s DNA and becoming a Fitwel Champion is the next step in that journey. As we develop high-quality, energy-efficient buildings, it is vital that we provide environments that empower the people living and working within them to be productive and healthy,” said Robert Ward, president & CEO of Skanska USA Commercial Development.
“We are pleased to join the community of other real estate leaders in the Fitwel Champion Network, and look forward to collaborating with all involved in our developments.”
Skanska’s approach to sustainability encompasses a focus on environmental factors, like carbon, water, air and waste; community and social impacts; and tenant health and wellness.
The Fitwel criteria vary and are tailored to the unique features of each building and the surrounding community.
They include, but are not limited to:
• Selecting sites that are optimally located for walkability and access to public transit, and promoting and enhancing those connections through design and operations;
• Incorporating stairs into building design and constructing in a way that is more visible and inviting, encouraging use;
access to diverse indoor and outdoor fitness opportunities including onsite fitness or proximate walk, run, or bike trails – and providing top-notch bike storage and shower facilities;
• Enhancing access to healthy food at retailers in buildings and at neighborhood restaurants and markets;
• Creating workspaces with abundant daylight, views of nature, fresh outdoor air and access to active workstations.
“As developers and builders, we are responsible for ensuring that the hundreds of people that work, live and visit the buildings we create are provided with environments in which they can
be successful,” said Sarah King, Skanska USA Commercial Development’s national director of sustainability.
“There are immediate, tangible and visible impacts on occupants when a more structured, holistic approach to human health and wellness is considered so Fitwel should be more than prioritized.”