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05.22.19

David Sorg certified as OPN’s first WELL AP

David Sorg, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP

We’re excited to congratulate OPN Principal, David Sorg, who was recently certified as WELL AP by The International Well Building Institute (IWBI).

WELL’s unique focus is on the personal health inadequacies caused by the modern office. The WELL Building Standard underwent a comprehensive expert peer review process, which included three phases – scientific, practitioner, and medical review in order to create a holistic barometer.

Our culture today spends 90% of our time indoors, a statistic that is inextricably linked to our personal health and wellness. The WELL Building Standard’s goal is to quantify the human experience in built material by measuring if it’s performing healthily.  It’s matrix is comprised of air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, community, and mind. Each of these categories have points awarded within them according to pre-determined standards. Some examples of things it grades upon: health sleep policies, stress and addiction treatment, physical activity spaces, low-glare workstation design, serving sizes, and artifical ingredients.

As designers we’re consistently asking ourselves how the buildings we design will translate for the daily lives of people. Having team members be WELL certified helps ensure that our buildings are being designed with a holistic view of how the human experience and built environment relate and affect one another. Another congratulations to David Sorg, AIA, LEED AP, WELL AP for attaining this certification.

With more than two dozen LEED certified buildings and more than half of its staff LEED certified, OPN also is proud to be among the 525 firms who have pledged to design 100 percent carbon-neutral projects by 2030. In 2018, the firm’s average energy savings across its entire portfolio of work is 60% above the 2030 baseline, outpacing the industry average of 44%.