HAPO in east Vancouver earns certification for employee health wellness

first_imgDevelopers have for years built buildings with environmental efficiency in mind.The structures typically have superior energy usage, environmentally friendly rainwater management and eco-friendly building materials. The buildings and their owners got awarded for this behavior, too, in the form of LEED certification: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.In that spirit, HAPO Credit Union’s building at 13909 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. has achieved something similar, but different.In December, the Vancouver branch of the Richland-based credit union achieved WELL certification, which emphasizes employee health and wellness.The credit union, part of a nine-city HAPO network, opened in March 2018 and was designed with the WELL certification in mind, local branch manager Dawn Magnotta said.“We wanted to be cutting edge,” she says. “It’s hard to miss this branch when you’re on Mill Plain — it’s a showstopper.”The WELL certification program launched in 2014. The HAPO branch in east Vancouver is one of more than 100 buildings that have joined the program, and it’s the first credit union to receive the certification. The International WELL Building Institute, based in New York, calls itself a leader in “the global movement to transform our buildings and communities in ways that help people thrive.”The idea to pursue the WELL standard came from Momentum, the Seattle-based design firm that HAPO hired to make the Vancouver project more distinctive.last_img

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