Healthy buildings reap major benefits for their organizations. You can approach wellness in the workplace in any number of different ways and find great success with only simple workspace changes. “Everybody’s talking about treadmill desks or height-adjustable desks, but it’s also healthy to just get out of your workspace,” says David Chason, Partner at AEI U.S. Studio. “The idea is for an employee to feel that they can use the square footage of the entire company, whether it’s 2 floors or 10 floors. Maybe certain types of
coffee are only available on certain floors or specialty teas are placed on one floor.
Not everything is at your fingertips – you have to move around the space, which
benefits everyone’s health.”
While some of the featured interiors have made major changes to improve efforts
in fitness and wellness, many of their improvements were accomplished with
minor adjustments to the workspace. The following tips provide starting points to
make your facility a healthier place.
■ Showers are an important component of exercise spaces where employees can
work up a sweat, but they can also aid your building’s resilience during a crisis.
When a hurricane hit the Fort Lauderdale, FL, area, Valley Forge was already
prepared to help employees – the entire space runs off of a generator that can
fill in during power outages, and the company installed extra showers and a larger
locker room during its renovation so employees could head to the office for showers and hot meals in case of an emergency.
■ Know your company culture. “You can design height-adjustable desks, but just
because your desk is adjustable doesn’t mean you’ll stand all day,” says Barbara
Savage, Senior Associate at Stantec. “It has to be part of the culture.”
■ Instead of a vending machine, Savage recommends bringing in free-access
■ Green walls, moss walls and other interior plantscaping encourage occupant
■ Consider a living wall or a selection of trees, plants or flowers in place of artwork.
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THIS CENTRAL STAIR CONNECTS ALL THREE
FLOORS at PayU and does double duty as a meeting
space and pathway. “Because they were on multiple
floors, PayU was concerned that the company would
be divided into silos,” notes Juliana Fernandez,
Founding Partner at AEI. “That was part of the
reason we created the stair – people can look up
and down and have vertical connections as part of
the ambiance. All of the amenities and the plaza are
concentrated around the stair, and the work areas
are towards the perimeter where the light is.”
MEETINGS AREN’T JUST FOR CONFERENCE
ROOMS at PayU. Game rooms, ping-pong
tables and communal nap rooms offer
plenty of opportunities for employees to
switch up their surroundings and gather
THE SOCCER FIELD AT VALLEY FORGE
SHOWCASES THE COMPANY’S COMMITMENT
to employee wellness. “There’s also a yoga
space and locker rooms in the gyms,” notes
Savage. “They love being able to provide
that for their employees. There’s also a deck
where people can go eat their lunch and
read a book.”
Lining the soccer field are plenty of
comfortable chairs for spectators to cheer
on their colleagues.
NEED TO GET TO A LOWER FLOOR AT
VALLEY FORGE? Hop into the slide next
to the soccer field and re-emerge in this
fun space with tilting seating and brightly
colored carpet that echoes the company’s
vivid fabric designs. Tucked under the
slide is one of the scooters Valley Forge
provides for people to navigate the
polished concrete workspaces.