Post Occupancy Evaluations: Wellness Data Collection

September 22, 2021 | 12:00pm-1:30pm PT

Heidi Creighton, FAIA, LEED Fellow, WELL Faculty, Fitwel Ambassador
Natalia Traverso Caruana, Director of Interior Architecture, Morphosis
Amy Eyler, PhD, CHES, Associate Professor, WUSTL 
Neal Matsuno, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners

Part 1:
For the ongoing costs of a typical office building, 1% is energy, 9% is rent, and all the rest – 90% – is for the staff salaries and benefits. The leading professionals in this session will illustrate how our work environments have an enormous influence on a range of health and productivity outcomes, as well as, our individual and collective happiness and general wellbeing.

Field Indoor Environmental Quality [IEQ] testing and user satisfaction studies, along with post-occupancy evaluation results will provide quantitative insights into the Morphosis Office in Los Angeles and strategies that highlight the power of design for human capital. The project won the Center for the Built Environment Liveable Building Award and the staff’s health and wellbeing are improved by the building’s indoor air quality, safer materials, thermal comfort, lighting, acoustics and more. Reconnecting the work environment with the natural environment, including the use of daylight, fresh air, green spaces and other aspects of biophilic design has a demonstrable effect on a company’s bottom line, not least because it promotes the health and retention of key staff – important business metrics of success.

Part 2:
With the average American spending 90% of their time indoors, it is imperative that our buildings support human health and wellbeing. This session will outline the focus on health and wellness throughout the project design and operation of Washington University St. Louis [WUSTL’s] Hillman Hall. With the project as a new building for the Brown School of Social Work, social equity was at the core of the school’s values and vision to create positive social change.

Hear from the architect, sustainability and wellness consultant, and Building Expansion Evaluation Project (BEEP) researcher on this LEED Platinum project. The Post Occupancy evaluation (POE) of Hillman Hall will also be discussed which focused on assessing physical activity, assessing collaborative behavior and team science, and assessing sustainability efforts and impacts. A healthy and high-performance environment benefits profitability, staff retention, and improves student performance, and should be considered from the earliest stages of design through operation.

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