New Boston office highlights health and wellness

19 Dec 2016

Targeting both LEEDv4 ID+C Platinum and WELL Silver certifications, the fit-out design minimises ecological impact, sustains operational excellence, and fosters an environment where employees thrive.

Arup has had an office in the Boston area for over 17 years, working with a broad range of clients both locally and across the globe. In the new downtown office, we’ve committed to two industry standards: LEED v4 ID+C Platinum and WELL Silver. One of the first projects to incorporate both goals, the new office space positions Arup at the forefront of high-performance design.

"Arup is committed to creating both a sustainable and healthy office environment. While LEED focuses on strategies that reduce energy and water consumption, WELL emphasizes health and wellbeing initiatives to achieve a workplace optimised for people. We believe that working in a healthy building relates to employee performance, recruitment and retention, reduced absenteeism, embodiment of brand, and company culture."

—Tim McCaul, Arup Principal and leader of the Boston office.

The WELL program identifies 102 performance metrics, design strategies, and procedures that can be implemented by owners, operators, and the design team. A few of the WELL-compliant features at the Boston location include:

  • Material selection that promotes good indoor-air quality through the use of products proven not to emit harmful contaminants, and that disclose health and environmental impacts.
  • Circadian lighting systems designed by Arup with dynamic controls that automatically adjust colour and brightness based on the position of the sun to replicate daylight.
  • Active design through space planning and sit/stand desks to encourage more movement and less sedentariness during the day.
  • End-of-pipe water filtration that improves the taste and quality of tap water, promoting proper hydration.
  • Ventilation that optimises air quality through filtration and provides fresh outdoor air, as well as ventilation rates that respond to occupancy levels.

Arup's Boston office is now located at 60 State Street, Boston, MA 02109.

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