We are pleased to announce that our partnership with Prologis, Inc. (NYSE: PLD), the global leader in logistics real estate, has resulted in Prologis Park Tacoma Building D, located in Tacoma, WA, receiving WELL Certification by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™). The prestigious distinction, given at the Silver level, was awarded through IWBI’s WELL Building Standard™ (WELL), the premier building standard that focuses on enhancing people’s health and wellness through the buildings where we live, work and play; and based on seven categories of building performance — Air, Water, Light, Nourishment, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.
It is not often that we think of industrial facilities as a means to improve health and well-being, but that is all the more reason that they should be.
“By achieving WELL Certification, Prologis is transforming our perception of logistics real estate and exemplifying how every workplace can and should be designed to enhance the lives of the people who work there,” said Fedrizzi.
“The WELL certification of Prologis’ Park Tacoma is a testament to our success in integrating employee health and wellness elements into building design,” said Jeannie Renné-Malone, Prologis’ Vice President of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). “Prologis is committed to developing best-in-class buildings that combine forward-thinking design with our industry-leading approach to environmental stewardship and social responsibility, creating value for our customers and shareholders.”
To ensure certification, our team was chosen for Prologis’s pilot WELL program. BranchPattern is a leader in helping clients achieve WELL Certification and has worked with clients in multiple sectors to achieve the designation, including LEED® Certification.
“BranchPattern and Prologis worked together to navigate through the WELL Certification program, which shifts the focus to the health and wellness of the occupant,” said project manager Anand Parthasarathy, LEED AP and WELL AP, who has worked with Prologis to complete several LEED certifications and their first WELL certification.
“Most people don’t realize warehouses are a workplace. They think they’re just large box buildings where goods and products are stored. While, in fact, 50-100 people could be working in a warehouse at any given time. It’s a very progressive vision from Prologis to realize that everybody deserves a healthy workplace, with great air and water quality, even in the largest building types covering the most square feet, in the world,” said Parthasarathy.
The project scored highly for several key positive features, such as skylights, which helps daylight the warehouse space and provides occupants with a connection to the outdoors. It also demonstrated a high level of air quality in the warehouse space by supplying and exhausting additional outdoor air and specifying low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials. Prologis also scored points for their commitment to a high level of drinking water by installing carbon filters at sinks.
Additionally, BranchPattern recommended a safe and secure walking trail around an infiltration pond for exercise; an outdoor picnic area and blueberry patch for occupants to eat and take breaks outside the building; and interior murals that reflected the local culture giving occupants a sense of community pride — all items not typically found in industrial parks.
We, as humans, are now spending 90% of our time indoors in the built environment. It’s no surprise then that the way we design, construct, and operate our buildings can have a huge impact on our own health and well-being.
BranchPattern is especially excited at seeing the future of the WELL Building Standard with its occupant-centered approach to the built environment; an approach much aligned with the firm’s overall mission and 2030 vision.