Toronto tower Canada's first Fitwel-certified office building
Photo courtesy of Menkes
A 30-story tower that helped revitalize Toronto’s waterfront since it was completed in 2010, has become the first office building in Canada to receive Fitwel certification.
25 York Street, owned and operated by Menkes, was completed in 2010.
Fitwel, an evidence-based building certification system for well-being in real estate, is noted for elevating occupant health and productivity via targeted improvements to workplace design and operational policies.
“We view Fitwel as a great initiative to allow us to engage with our tenants in new ways, and as a way to measure our performance in promoting health and wellbeing at our properties,” said Jon Douglas, director of sustainability at Menkes. “We want to create opportunities for our occupants to live their healthiest lives by making this goal convenient and actionable to them, and Fitwel is a practical program to support Menkes in delivering on this objective.”
Created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the General Services Administration, Fitwel has ignited a culture of health and wellness within both private and public sector office and residential properties. The Center for Active Design (CfAD) is the licensed operator of Fitwel, and actively works to inspire real estate companies to adopt Fitwel into their developments.
A Fitwel scorecard includes more than 55 evidence-based design and operational strategies that enhance building environments by requiring a standard of excellence in seven health impact categories. These include healthy food options, occupant safety, physical activity, well-being, social equity, morbidity and absenteeism, and community health.
In addition to achieving Fitwel certification, 25 York Street has additionally aligned itself with the BOMA BEST certification system – a strategic Canadian partner to Fitwel.
A partnership between Menkes and the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), 25 York Street, also home to TELUS, consists of 30 stories of more than 780,000 square feet of office space.
“Our mandate to focus highly on tenant health and wellness has never been stronger. Fitwel has enabled us to gain valuable insight into the way we operate our buildings,” said Taryn Kelly, senior property manager at 25 York Street, told Remi Network.
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