March 3, 2016 7:00:00 AM EST  |  Culture  |  Facilities Support Services  |  WELL Building Standard

WELL building expertise another first from Markon

Markon Solutions is on track to be the Washington, DC region’s first WELL-certified commercial interior project. Certification is planned for the first phase (1,905 square feet) of the second-floor tenant fit-out, which will total 5,000 square feet when all phases are complete.

“Going through the WELL process, we’ve learned the challenges and hurdles that exist with such a new certification. We’re educating our vendors on the standards and the products necessary to be compliant,” said Ray Carney, vice president of Markon. The project was registered Feb. 1.

As of Feb. 24. 2016, there are currently 107 registered projects worldwide with seven achieving certification. Seventy-seven of the 107 projects, including Markon’s project, are office space construction projects according to the U.S. Green Building Council.

WELL building standards are where the wellness and real estate industries merge. The focus is on human health and wellness in a space. The payoff comes in recruitment, retention, productivity, and reduced HR costs.

Markon is planning to do more than just certify its space. “We are hoping to take the expertise and relationships we’ve developed here and, in turn, coach other firms/organizations through this process.”

Markon plans to use their new office space to showcase WELL features. Plaques located throughout the space will educate visitors on the seven WELL principals and explain the significance of each feature. “Employee wellness is incredibly important to Markon. We are thrilled that there is finally a certification that focuses on the most important element of a building—the human occupants,” said Carney.

Phase one is scheduled to be completed mid-2016.

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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.