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Integrative design

Integrative design


To facilitate a collaborative development process and ensure adherence to collective wellness goals.


A truly collaborative design process ensures that construction and upkeep of a space follows the original expectations and goals for the building. A focus on health and wellness principles throughout the design process guarantees that health-promoting criteria are well understood and integrated into a project.

Part 1
Stakeholder Charrette

Project stakeholders, including at a minimum the owner, architects, engineers and facilities management team, meet to:
Perform a values assessment and alignment exercise within the team to inform any project goals as well as strategies to meet occupant expectations.
Discuss the needs of the occupants, focusing on wellness.
Set future meetings to stay focused on the project goals and to engage future stakeholders who join the process after the initial meeting, such as contractors and sub-contractors.

Part 2
Development Plan

A written document detailing the building’s health-oriented mission is produced with the consent of all stakeholders, incorporating all of the following:
Building site selection, taking into account public transportation.
WELL concepts of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
Plans for implementation of the above analyses and decisions.
Operations and maintenance plans for facility managers and building policy requirements related to wellness.

Part 3
Stakeholder Orientation

Upon construction completion, the designers, owners, managers and facilities staff must:
Tour the building as a group.
Discuss how building operations will support adherence to the WELL Building Standard.