At Harrison Street, the wellbeing of employees and guests is of utmost importance.
To that end, we strive to create a healthy and welcoming environment through the design and operations of our physical office space and its surrounding community. To formalize our health and wellbeing efforts, we sought to certify our space to Fitwel® standards. Fitwel is a leading third-party, performance-based healthy building certification system that was originally developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) and General Services Administration (GSA).
The process of thoughtfully designing office space that contributes to health and wellbeing began well prior to the Fitwel designation, originally earned in 2019. Harrison Street purposefully chose the Chicago location for its walkability, access to public transportation, quality amenities, accessibility features, and building management’s demonstrated commitment to tenant safety and engagement (e.g., maintaining high indoor air quality standards). A park space directly outside hugs the river and features walking trails and a restorative garden. The building has a fitness centre, secured bicycle storage room, showers and lockers, and on-site health programming such as yoga classes – available to all tenants.
We worked with an architect to ensure our own office space considered the needs of our staff and designed many features including flexible workstations and areas for relaxation, socializing, collaboration, and privacy (e.g., for nursing mothers).
In June 2022, we were thrilled that the Chicago Harrison Street office was recertified and recognized with a coveted Fitwel 2-star certification for health and wellness that considered seven “health impact categories.” Our resolve to promote occupant safety is surely a factor in the firm’s eight Best Places to Work awards and low staff turnover rates.