Los Angeles-based Kilroy Realty Corp. revealed that eight of its assets, totaling approximately 2.5 million square feet of office space and representing 17% of its stabilized portfolio, have achieved Fitwel certification, administered by the Center for Active Design.
According to a prepared statement, the Fitwel certification system, which rates workplaces that promote positive health outcomes for occupants, was created as a joint initiative led by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the General Services Administration in addition to experts in public health and design over a five-year process completed in 2015.
KRC has a successful track record of sustainability and health achievements. GRESB, widely recognized as the most rigorous standard for benchmarking the sustainability performance of real estate companies and funds, named KRC the North American leader in sustainability for the past three consecutive years and named it #1 for Health performance in the office sector in the most recent reporting year, 2016, according to the statement,
Earlier this month, KRC announced the WELL certification of its residential tower in Hollywood, the first in California and the second in the world to achieve the certification.
“Fitwel allows us to demonstrate to our tenants that our buildings promote healthy outcomes both inside and out. Further, the system provides an accessible roadmap to allow our building teams to make positive, tangible changes that will help our health scores improve over time,” says Sara Neff, senior vice president of sustainability for KRC. “The fact that the CDC and GSA created this system gives us confidence that the health measures they endorse will result in clear benefits for our tenants.”
The eight buildings that earned this certification include properties in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle, with final scores ranging from one to three stars, three being the highest possible score.
The features attributed to the Fitwel certifications include:
High Walkscores as a result of locations in transit-oriented and walkable areas
Green cleaning and purchasing programs
Availability of healthy food options
Comprehensive emergency preparedness programs
Access to water
Availability of daylight and views in tenant spaces
“We are thrilled to partner with the world-renowned owner and operator of office properties, Kilroy Realty, as a Fitwel Champion,” said Joanna Frank, chief executive officer of the Center for Active Design. “By integrating Fitwel’s scientific design and operational strategies within its portfolio, Kilroy Realty is recognizing the shift in the market by providing office spaces that promote the health of its tenants and the communities in which they are located.”
KRC intends to both continue pursuing Fitwel certifications for its stabilized buildings that qualify for the certification and to using the Fitwel system as a guide to making health-related improvements in its existing portfolio.
At June 30, 2017, the company’s stabilized portfolio totaled approximately 14.4 million square feet of office space and 200 residential units located in the coastal regions of Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Seattle. In addition, KRC had four projects totaling approximately 1.8 million square feet of office space, 237 residential units and 96,000 square feet of retail space under construction.