Delos™ and HOK Partner to Accelerate Health and Well-Being in the Built Environment | Business Wire

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Delos™, a wellness real estate and technology firm, has announced a

partnership with HOK, a global design, architecture and engineering

firm, to accelerate the organization’s mission to integrate health and

wellness into the built environment. The new partnership will leverage

HOK’s worldwide network of designers and clients to further expand the

global reach of the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™).

As part of this partnership, HOK is undertaking a major initiative to

educate and professionally accredit its design teams through the WELL

Accredited Professional (WELL AP™) program, a credential signifying

advanced knowledge of health and well-being in the built environment and

specialization in WELL. HOK also will collaborate with the International

WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) to provide research and insight from

subject matter experts that'll strengthen the foundation of WELL.

“HOK is recognized globally as a champion of environmental stewardship

through sustainable design. We're thrilled to partner with them to

advance our efforts to achieve broad industry adoption of the WELL

Building Standard,” said Delos Founder and CEO Paul Scialla. “HOK

has already designed the world’s first project certified under v1 of

WELL. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with them to

propel the design and construction community forward to build WELL.”

Bill Hellmuth, AIA, LEED AP, president and CEO of HOK, has joined

the Delos Advisory Board, a distinguished group of industry leaders in

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affairs. Hellmuth, who leads the design of HOK projects worldwide, will

provide strategic counsel on design that'll guide the development of

healthier buildings.

“HOK’s fundamental aspiration is to enhance people’s lives through

design,” said Hellmuth. “This partnership with Delos will enable our

design teams to integrate the principles of the WELL Building Standard

to improve the health and well-being of the people who experience the

environments we create. It also is a great honor for me to serve on the

Delos Advisory Board. We're eager to contribute our sustainable design

expertise and help achieve broad adoption of WELL across the profession.”

HOK was the interior design firm and sustainability consultant for TD

Bank Group’s (TD) newly renovated office within the Toronto-Dominion

Center in downtown Toronto. The project achieved WELL Certification at

the Gold level, was the first project globally to be certified under v1

of WELL and was Canada’s first within the standard’s New and Existing

Interiors typology.

“This project for TD Bank is an example of how designers can uses WELL’s

performance standards to elevate our ability to create exceptional

workplaces,” said Kay Sargent, ASID, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, director

of strategic accounts at HOK. “People are the most valuable assets in

any workplace. Using WELL helps designers create spaces that support

their well-being, which will drive innovation and productivity.”

Delos and HOK are working with the real estate development company

Strategic Property Partners (SPP) on the design of multiple buildings

within its mixed-use development on a 53-acre site in downtown Tampa. As

the world’s first WELL Certified city district, this multi-phase project

will help create a roadmap for how cities worldwide can be designed and

developed to support public health. Individual building projects that

HOK and SPP are collaborating on include the new 320,000 square foot

University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Heart

Institute, an adjoining 300,000 square foot medical office building and

a parking, residential and retail building.

Pioneered by Delos and administered by IWBI, WELL is a performance-based

system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features that impact

human health and well-being in the built environment. It marries best

practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and

scientific research – harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to

support human health and well-being. WELL Certified spaces can help

create a built environment that improves the nutrition, fitness, mood,

sleep patterns and performance of its occupants.

Third-party certification for WELL is provided through IWBI’s

collaboration with Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the same

organization that administers LEED certification. WELL works

harmoniously with LEED and the Living Building Challenge. Is

expanding alignment with other international leading green building

systems like Three Star, Green Star and BREEAM. To date, WELL has

enrolled nearly 55 million square feet of over 260 building projects in

23 countries.

About Delos:

As the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, Delos is transforming our

homes, offices, schools. Other indoor environments by placing health

and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. Delos

helps create spaces that actively contribute to human health,

performance and well-being by marrying the best innovations in

technology, health, science. Real estate. The Delos platform

includes programming, consulting, research. An array of innovative

products and technologies that research suggests may improve occupant

well-being. More information on Delos is available at www.delos.com.

About HOK:

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm.

Through a network of 23 offices worldwide, HOK provides design

excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives

and help clients succeed. DesignIntelligence consistently ranks

HOK as a leader in sustainable, high-performance design and technology

innovation. More information on HOK is available at www.hok.com.

Press:
Delos
Callie Stanton, 646-654-3438
cstanton@nikecomm.com
or
HOK
Corinne Drobot, 212-981-3754
Director of Public Relations
corinne.drobot@hok.com