June 13, 2016 7:00:00 AM EDT  |  Events  |  WELL Building Standard

Recap of We Are WELL: Nourishment, Mind and Fitness

Markon is a premier sponsor to the USGBC’s “We Are WELL” seminar series.

The third session, held on 6 June, focused on how to increase employee productivity and overall health and satisfaction through building designs focused on WELL concepts.

The keynote speaker Bill Browing, Partner at Terrapin Bright Green, explained that the atmosphere in and around a building has been proven significantly impact the way employees feel and act as a result.

For example, in a visual response study, patients were shown either a gray curtain, the outside nature by a window, or a picture of outside nature on a screen before surgery. Patients who had seen the outside nature through a window recovered significantly faster than patients who had seen the grey curtain or nature mimicked on a screen.

In another study, Bill explained how more trees and natural scenery led to increased productivity in schoolchildren.

The other speakers shared their experiences with improvements in corporate spaces and how that has led to increased satisfaction and productivity. For example at Inova Hospital in Fairfax, VA, Kara Nickerson, Wellness Coach Manager, has helped the cafeteria to transform into a space that promotes healthy eating and education. Pilar Lorca, Owner, Fitness4Everybody explained how positioning and setting up a gym with natural light through windows, plants, and nature concepts will attract more employees to work out and in turn, reduce company insurance costs.  Nikial Boston, Regional Human Resources Director, Nixon Peabody LLP, and Whitney Austen Grey, Senior Vice President, Business Development, DELOS described how nature concepts (such as natural lights), healthy snack options, living plants and walls, fitness incentives (such as a bike sharing program and a meditation room), and lactation room, help employees to maintain physical and mental health. They have found significant increases in employee productivity as a result of these changes based on WELL concepts.

The session was attended by Anneli Lambeth, Ginny Dyson, and Ray Carney. Markon continues our documentation for WELL Certification in our Headquarters Expansion project at 400 S. Maple Ave.

About the Author

Ray Carney

Ray Carney

Ray Carney, WELL AP is a Vice President at Markon Solutions and a champion for wellness in the workplace. Ray’s areas of expertise include workplace strategy and modification, design thinking, leadership, sustainable design, data centers, and creating secure environments. His experience includes providing cradle-to-grave project management support for the successful design and build of secure facilities. He also spearheaded the tenant fit-out of Markon's headquarters expansion to ensure that it achieved WELL certification. This was the first WELL certified project in the Commonwealth and was recognized by the City of Falls Church for its achievement. Since joining Markon in 2007, Ray has managed numerous internal program strategies, capture efforts, and client engagements. He also co-developed Markon's in-house Leadership Development Program. Prior to joining Markon, Ray consulted for prestigious consulting firms in the DC metropolitan area and Ohio. Ray's passion for wellness in the workplace has led him to speak at numerous engagements around the country including the National Facilities Management and Technology (NFMT) Conference and Expo. He also published an article on WELL Building Standards in FaciltiesNet. Ray was named one of Engineering News-Record Midatlantic's 2016 Top 20 Under 40 for contributions to the industry. He received his MBA with a concentration in Leadership and Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in Business Technology from John Carroll University. Ray is a WELL Accredited Professional, LEED Green Associate, Six-Sigma certified Yellow Belt, certified SCRUMMaster, Sun Certified Java Programmer, and holds the Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential as well as both ITIL v3 Foundations and Quality Management certifications.