Urban Innovations announced today it has earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating for its entire 1MM+ SF commercial portfolio through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The 12 buildings awarded the achievement include: 212 W Superior, 222 W Hubbard, 300 W Adams, 445 N Wells, 300 W Hubbard, 306 W Erie, 314 W Superior, 325 W Huron, 372 W Ontario, 440 N Wells, and 444 N Wells in Chicago, as well as HUB640 in Milwaukee.
The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and space types focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans to address a post-COVID-19 environment now and into the future.
Designed to empower owners and operators across large and small businesses alike to take the necessary steps in order to prioritize the health and safety of their staff, visitors and stakeholders, the WELL Health-Safety Rating can help guide users in preparing their spaces for re-entry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, instilling confidence in those who come through the building, as well as the broader community.
The WELL Health-Safety Rating provides a centralized source and governing body to validate efforts made by owners and operators. It leverages insights drawn from the IWBI Task Force on COVID-19, in addition to guidance on the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), global disease control and prevention centers and emergency management agencies, as well as recognized standard-making associations such as ASTM International and ASHRAE, and leading academic and research institutions, as well as core principles already established by IWBI’s WELL Building Standard, the premier framework for advancing health in buildings and spaces of all kinds.
The 12 buildings within the Urban Innovations’ Management portfolio were awarded the WELL Health-Safety Rating following the successful completion of third-party documentation review by GBCI to confirm it has met the feature specific intents and requirements.