LaSalle Investment Management (“LaSalle”) is pleased to announce it has earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating for 114 office and multifamily properties in the U.S. and Canada through the International WELL Building Institute (“IWBI”). This represents one of the largest portfolios with combined space types to receive the WELL Health-Safety Rating. The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and space types focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans to address a post-COVID-19 environment now and into the future.
Designed to empower owners and operators across large and small businesses alike to take the necessary steps in order to prioritize the health and safety of their staff, visitors and stakeholders, the WELL Health-Safety Rating can help guide users in preparing their spaces for re-entry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, instilling confidence in those who come through the building as well as the broader community.
Kristy Heuberger, LaSalle Co-Head of the Americas, said: “In today’s environment, it is critical to have healthy spaces that tenants can enjoy with peace of mind. The WELL Health-Safety Rating validates the best practices that we have implemented to keep people safe at our properties throughout this unprecedented time. We strongly believe in the value creation of the Well Health-Safety Rating as it demonstrates our commitment to improving the lives of our tenants and residents.”
Jessica Cooper, Chief Commercial Officer of IWBI, said: “LaSalle is a global leader in real estate assets. In achieving the WELL Health-Safety Rating for multiple office and residential properties across North America, LaSalle is showcasing leadership to scale the impact of health and well-being where people spend most of their time. IWBI congratulates LaSalle for achieving the rating and extending health benefits across the U.S. and Canada.”
In order to achieve WELL Health-Safety Rating, the properties implemented or demonstrated features such as improved air and water quality management, health service resources, emergency preparedness programs, enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures, and increased stakeholder engagement and communication.
The WELL Health-Safety Rating provides a centralized source and governing body to validate efforts made by owners and operators. It leverages insights drawn from the IWBI Task Force on COVID-19, in addition to guidance on the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections developed by the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, global disease control and prevention centers and emergency management agencies, as well as recognized standard-making associations such as ASTM International and ASHRAE, and leading academic and research institutions, as well as core principles already established by IWBI’s WELL Building Standard, the premier framework for advancing health in buildings and spaces of all kinds.
LaSalle’s properties were awarded the WELL Health-Safety Rating following the successful completion of third-party documentation review by GBCI to confirm it has met the feature specific intents and requirements.
About the International Well Building Institute
The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is a public benefit corporation and the world’s leading organization focused on deploying people-first places to advance a global culture of health. IWBI mobilizes its community through the administration of the WELL Building Standard (WELL) and the WELL Health-Safety Rating, management of the WELL AP credential, the pursuit of applicable research, the development of educational resources, and advocacy for policies that promote health and well-being for everyone, everywhere. More information on WELL can be found here.
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About LaSalle Investment Management
LaSalle Investment Management is one of the world’s leading real estate investment managers. On a global basis, we manage approximately $77 billion of assets in private equity, debt and public real estate investments as of Q4 2021. The firm sponsors a complete range of investment vehicles including open- and closed-end funds, separate accounts and indirect investments. Our diverse client base includes public and private pension funds, insurance companies, governments, corporations, endowments and private individuals from across the globe. For more information please visit www.lasalle.com and LinkedIn.
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