Cushman & Wakefield’s Chicago Headquarters Awarded Prestigious WELL Certification

Cushman & Wakefield’s Chicago Headquarters Awarded Prestigious WELL Certification

Company Among Early Adopters of the WELL Building Standard

CHICAGO, MARCH 25 2019Cushman & Wakefield’s global headquarters in Chicago has achieved WELL Certification at the Silver level by the International WELL Building InstituteTM. The company consolidated its Chicago operations to four floors at 225 W Wacker in May 2017. Certification was awarded based on IWBI’s WELL Building StandardTM (WELLTM), a premier building standard focusing on enhancing people’s health and wellness through the buildings where we live, work and play. The company’s Atlanta office also achieved certification this year.

Cushman & Wakefield is a Founding Alliance Member of the Well Living Lab, underscoring its commitment to evolving the built environment to best support human needs and enhancing the performance of people in the workplace by making wellness a priority. Additionally, three of Cushman & Wakefield’s Sustainability Services employees are WELL faculty members.

WELL certification provides a framework for maximizing the health and wellbeing of building occupants through the lens of design, operations and HR policies. Cushman & Wakefield’s Chicago headquarters earned the distinction based on seven categories of building performance: air, water, light, nourishment (food), comfort (thermal and acoustic) fitness and mind.

Cushman & Wakefield’s Chicago office features:

  • High air and water quality, thermal comfort and lighting quality and levels within the space
  • Sit-stand workstations, ergonomic seating and workstations that abate noise and promote physical well-being and productivity
  • A comprehensive corporate fitness and wellness program to support employee health
  • Clyde & Bernie’s custom-designed health café serving food and beverage options that minimize sugar and artificial ingredients
  • Project spaces that celebrate company employees and Chicago’s colorful local culture though art and displays
  • Incorporation of nature’s patterns, materials and colors
  • Two outdoor spaces totaling 5,000 square feet that enrich the workplace experience by offering access to fresh air, sun, meditative space and a view of Chicago’s sweeping city vistas

Shawn Mobley, Cushman & Wakefield Chief Executive Officer, Americas, said, “I’m incredibly fortunate to be located in Chicago, and I know first-hand the extensive professional insights and diligence that our teams put into creating this office space. Our headquarters represents the best in America’s workspaces, adhering to LEED, ENERGY STAR and WELL certification requirements.

“We were very deliberate about providing our employees with a space that is flexible in accommodating different working styles and productivity needs and fosters collaboration and engagement, so we can continue to provide our clients with the best real estate advice and solutions.”

Allison Kim, Vice President, Sustainability and Wellness Services, Cushman & Wakefield, said, “Today we spend nearly 90% of our time indoors. We now know how the built environment impacts our health, wellbeing and productivity. Knowing this, we were inspired to pursue WELL certification for our headquarters to create an environment that would be aligned with the company’s initiatives around employee health and wellbeing.”

Cushman & Wakefield’s WELL certification team includes: Eric Rudin, Barb Hazlett, Scott Smith, Allison Kim and Elyse Johnson Santic.

About Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value by putting ideas into action for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with 48,000 employees in approximately 400 offices and 70 countries. In 2017, the firm had revenue of $6.9 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, advisory and other services. To learn more, visit or follow @CushWake on Twitter.