NAI Hiffman Achieves WELL Health-Safety Rating for 14 Chicago-Area Office BuildingsJuly 16, 2021
NAI Hiffman, the Midwest’s largest independent real estate services firm, today announced it submitted information for and secured the WELL Health-Safety Rating for 15 office buildings under its management. Fourteen of the properties are located in Chicago’s suburbs – the highest number of certifications secured by a single management firm in the region – while the other is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. In all, the WELL-certified buildings total more than 3.5 million square feet of office space.
“The WELL Health-Safety Rating is critical to return-to-workplace strategies because it helps reassure building occupants that the appropriate steps have been taken to reduce the risk of transmitting not only COVID-19, but also other infectious diseases,” said Carrie Szarzynski, director of management services for NAI Hiffman. “After researching third-party certifications, we felt the WELL Health-Safety Rating was the best option for our clients because it is affordable, tangible – with an official seal posted at building entrances – and credible in that it’s based on a comprehensive set of evidence-based criteria that are part of the WELL Building Standard, which is already a leading health benchmark for our industry.
“Moreover, studies suggest WELL certification has positive long-term impacts on the building as an asset,” Szarzynski continued. “A 10-year study by Bentall Kennedy found it could lead to a 3.7% increase in rents, 6% increase in tenant retention, 5-10% increase in occupancy and 8-10% increase in overall asset value. We expect occupiers will pay even closer attention to health building certifications, including the WELL Health-Safety Rating, coming out of the pandemic.”
Properties under NAI Hiffman management earning the WELL Health-Safety Rating include:
- Bannockburn Corporate Center, 3000 Lakeside Drive, Bannockburn, Ill.
- Naperville Woods Office Center, 1000-1100 E. Warrenville Road, Naperville, Ill.
- The Westwood, 2441-2443 Warrenville Road, Lisle, Ill.
- 814 Commerce Drive, Oak Brook, Ill.
- 26TWENTYFIVE, 2625 Butterfield Road, Oak Brook, Ill.
- Cornerstone Cantera, 4320 Winfield Road, Warrenville, Ill.
- Oakbrook Gateway, 1111 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, Ill.
- 50 Northwest Point, 50 Northwest Point Blvd., Elk Grove Village, Ill.
- 909 Davis Building, 909 Davis St., Evanston, Ill.
- Edens Corporate Center, 630-650 Dundee Road, Northbrook, Ill.
- One Oakbrook Terrace, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill
- Washington Pointe, 535 E. Diehl Road, Naperville, Ill.
- The Reserve at Deer Park, 21440 W. Lake Cook Rd., Deer Park, Ill.
- 8585 Broadway, Merrillville, Ind.
- 90 North, 191 Rosa Parks St., Cincinnati, Ohio
Introduced by the International WELL Building Institute in June 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party certification of best practices in facility operation and management for mitigation of COVID-19 and improving overall building wellness. To achieve the WELL Health-Safety Rating, facility owners and operators submit information on at least 15 of 22 criteria in five core areas: cleaning and sanitation, emergency preparedness, health service resources, air and water quality management, and stakeholder engagement and communication.
About NAI Hiffman:
NAI Hiffman is the largest independent real estate services firm in the Midwest, providing leasing, management, tenant representation, capital markets, project management and marketing services for institutional and private owners and occupiers of commercial real estate. It currently leases and manages a more than 100 million-square-foot portfolio of more than 800 commercial properties throughout the region, with a primary focus on metropolitan Chicago. With more than 200 employees, NAI Hiffman is the Chicago-area representative for NAI Global, the world’s largest managed network of real estate service providers, with more than 6,700 local market professionals managing more than 380 million square feet of property. NAI Global has more than 375 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit www.hiffman.com.