Bloomberg N.Y. headquarters earns highest 3-star Fitwel certification
Bloomberg L.P.'s headquarters in New York City has been certified by the Center for Active Design (CfAD) with a Fitwel 3-Star Rating, the system’s highest achievement level, according to a release.
Fitwel is the leading global health certification, evaluating evidence-based strategies in buildings that support human health. The Center for Active Design is the operator of the Fitwel Certification System and is an international not-for-profit organization that was launched in 2012 by then-mayor and founder of Bloomberg L.P., Michael Bloomberg.
Commonly known as The Bloomberg Tower, the building is managed by Vornado Realty Trust. The building’s Fitwel designation is the first to be pursued jointly by a landlord and tenant, reflecting the commitment of both parties to creating forward-looking workplaces that enhance employee health, safety and well-being.
The building is the first non-governmental, single-tenant property to be 3-star certified. The building joins 13 others with a Fitwel 3-Star Rating.
Fitwel is a cost-effective, high-impact certification system promoting positive impacts to building occupant health and productivity through improvements to building design and operational policies. The Fitwel Certification System benchmarks buildings against a baseline of evidence-based criteria that define a health-promoting environment.
In office environments, the expected improvements in employee wellness may result in lower health care costs, lower rates of absenteeism and increased revenue from enhanced employee performance. Fitwel responds to the growing demand for recognition of healthier buildings and workplaces, serving as a market differentiator to retain and attract tenants and future employees.
Bloomberg’s 900,000-square-foot office aligns well with Fitwel strategies, officials said. For example, access to daylight and exterior views for the majority of workspaces is found to improve workplace performance and employee satisfaction. Bloomberg fosters healthy lifestyles for employees through provision of healthy food offerings, and access to community supported agriculture (CSA) deliveries during the local growing season.
Most notable is the active workplace culture that has evolved around Bloomberg’s interior stairwell system, which encourages employees to be more physically active while traveling between its 29 floors, as well as collaborate more fluidly between workspaces. Vornado contributes to a healthy indoor environment through the green cleaning program run by BMS LLC, its wholly owned subsidiary, and proactively monitors indoor air quality for optimal levels of fresh air, temperature and humidity, as well as potential contaminants.
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