The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has awarded WELL Certification at the Silver level for the new Hyatt Hotels corporate headquarters in Chicago. The prestigious distinction – IMEG’s first – was awarded through’s IWBI’s WELL Building Standard (WELL), a relatively new standard that focuses on enhancing people’s health and wellness through the buildings in which they live, work and play.
IMEG provided MEP, fire protection, and security design for the $60 million, 240,000-sf buildout of the new headquarters in the new 150 N. Riverside Plaza tower. The office, which is also seeking LEED Platinum certification, is designed to enhance the workplace environment and improve efficiency, creativity, and collaboration opportunities for Hyatt’s employees. JLL was the owner’s representative on the project, which was led by Gensler; Power Construction was general contractor.
To be awarded WELL Certification by IWBI, the Hyatt headquarters project underwent rigorous testing and a final evaluation carried out by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the third-party certification body for WELL.
Created through seven years of rigorous research and development working with leading physicians, scientists, and industry professionals, WELL is a performance-based certification system that marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based scientific research. WELL is grounded in a body of evidence-based research that explores the health and wellness impacts that buildings have on occupants. Buildings are rated on seven categories of performance: air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort, and mind.