The content for this article was originally featured in the Daily Journal of Commerce on December 8, 2021.
Weber Thompson’s new office, located in the Fremont Watershed building at 900 N 34th St., has been awarded a 3-star Fitwel certification – the highest level of the certification program. The office shares this award with only one other project in Seattle. Weber Thompson’s decision to pursue a Fitwel-certified office space arose from the firm’s dedication to health and wellness and the newly awarded 3-star rating reflects this commitment.
Fitwel is the world’s leading certification program focused on building occupant health and well-being. In order to achieve Fitwel certification projects need to meet criteria in twelve “health impact categories” that include impacts surrounding community health, supports social equity for vulnerable populations, instills feelings of well-being and promotes occupant safety and increases physical activity.
Using a scoreboard created by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and US General Services Administration, the Fitwel system addresses all-types of built environments. Weber Thompson’s office scored 126 out of 144 available points.
“There are several compelling reasons this project proved to be such a great candidate to receive the 3- star Fitwel rating, beginning with Watershed’s exceptional siting adjacent to the water, the Burke Gilman trail, and dozens of nearby amenities in Fremont,” said Nicole Winn, principal and Fitwel ambassador at Weber Thompson, in a press release. “This site checks all the boxes for nearby recreation, exercise, and community engagement.”
Many Fitwel requirements were already built into the space, which include a central location with an impressive 96 Walk Score, a room reserved for nursing mothers, locally sourced Red-List compliant materials, and more.