ASID Headquarters Goes Double Platinum!

Congratulations to The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).

On Friday, July 7, the five and a half year journey to build the new headquarters offices of ASID  culminated in the formal presentation of the plaques recognizing fulfillment of certification requirements for LEED Platinum, and WELL Platinum.

President and CEO, U.S. Green Building Council Mahesh Ramanujam and IWBI Chairman Rick Fedrizzi present the LEED Platinum and WELL Platinum Plaques to ASID CEO Randy Fiser. Photo by Lindsay Cephas.

In his opening remarks, Randy Fiser, ASID CEO, stated that being the first to achieve both certifications was an honor, but more importantly this highlighted the 26,000-member organization’s commitment to supporting health and wellness in the workplace as well as providing an aesthetically pleasing and functional space. Representing the interior design profession, the successful completion and certification of this space not only demonstrates how thoughtful design matters, but sends a message to other organizations that it can be accomplished at any scale and budget. Being a non-profit, ASID accomplished this even with a challenged budget.

The achievements did not come without significant research and diligence on the part of Perkins + Will’s design team led by Ken Wilson ASID, FAIA, LEED Fellow, and in coordination with a larger team of engineers, manufacturers, and cooperation of their broker and landlord.

The project team and contributors are featured at the entrance to the space. Photo by Elise Shapiro.

 Even after occupancy, ASID is participating in ongoing research to measure and evaluate the positive impact of workspace on the health and wellbeing of their staff. Hoping to lead by example, Randy reports that the early results are in and everyone is enjoying the work experience in their new space after being in temporary space for two years. The design team considered light, air, acoustics, and thermal comfort to assure that physical environment contributed to overall positive health outcomes and providing an atmosphere where people choose to come into the office.

All workspaces are free address and employees can choose from a variety of workspaces. Image courtesy of ASID.

Finding a spot to meet or be ‘heads down’ is also available. Photo by Elise Shapiro.

To find out more about this exceptional workspace, project team and resources:

https://www.asid.org/resources/resources/view/resource-center/126

https://www.asid.org/news/asid-headquarters-in-washington-d-c-is-first-space-in-the-world-to-earn-both-leed-and-well-platinum-certification-under-well-building-standard-v1

http://www.metropolismag.com/interiors/workplace-interiors/asid-new-offices-help-employees-stay-healthy/

https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2015/12/this-could-be-the-district-s-first-well-building.html

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