Ware Malcomb embraces new standard for sustainable design
IRVINE, CA — Ware Malcomb announced a new area of expertise in designing projects to achieve Well Building Standard (WELL) certification from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The firm is offering this service to clients across its 22 offices throughout North America. WELL is the world’s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness, setting performance requirements in seven categories relevant to occupant health in the built environment: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. “Many of our clients are interested in sustainable design, and the WELL program takes this concept to a new level in which companies are creating buildings that are designed and built with their employees’ health and well-being in mind,” said Tiffany English, principal of Ware Malcomb and a member of the firm’s company-wide Interiors Advisory Group. One of the first projects Ware Malcomb has designed to the new WELL standards is the corporate headquarters for Corporación Inmobiliaria Vesta, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: Vesta), one of the leaders in the development of industrial buildings and distribution centers in Mexico. The Vesta corporate headquarters, located at Arcos Bosques in Bosque de las Lomas in Ciudad de México, achieved LEED ID+C Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, as well as Well Building Standard Gold certification from the IWBI, the first tenant improvement project in Mexico to be built to this specification. Ware Malcomb provided full service interior design, branding and construction management services for the 900-square meter project. The general contractor was Seica. “It was exciting for us to design the first project in Mexico to achieve the highest wellness and sustainability certification standards,” said Andres Galvis, regional director of Latin America for Ware Malcomb. “As the first Gold WELL tenant improvement project in Mexico, along with LEED, Vesta’s corporate headquarters sets a new standard for the future of commercial construction in Mexico and beyond.” To date, Ware Malcomb has nearly 60 LEED Certified projects and is excited to continue its commitment to sustainability through WELL Design.