NEW YORK—Delos™, a wellness real estate and technology firm, has announced a partnership with HOK, a global design, architecture and engineering firm, to accelerate the organization’s mission to integrate health and wellness into the built environment. The new partnership will leverage HOK’s worldwide network of designers and clients to further expand the global reach of the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™).
As part of this partnership, HOK is undertaking a major initiative to educate and professionally accredit its design teams through the WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP™)program, a credential signifying advanced knowledge of health and well-being in the built environment and specialization in WELL. HOK also will collaborate with the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) to provide research and insight from subject matter experts that will strengthen the foundation of WELL.
“HOK is recognized globally as a champion of environmental stewardship through sustainable design, and we are thrilled to partner with them to advance our efforts to achieve broad industry adoption of the WELL Building Standard,” said Delos Founder and CEO Paul Scialla. “HOK has already designed the world’s first project certified under v1 of WELL, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with them to propel the design and construction community forward to build WELL.”
Bill Hellmuth, AIA, LEED AP, president and CEO of HOK, has joined the Delos Advisory Board, a distinguished group of industry leaders in science, medicine, real estate, sustainability and government affairs. Hellmuth, who leads the design of HOK projects worldwide, will provide strategic counsel on design that will guide the development of healthier buildings.
“HOK’s fundamental aspiration is to enhance people’s lives through design,” said Hellmuth. “This partnership with Delos will enable our design teams to integrate the principles of the WELL Building Standard to improve the health and well-being of the people who experience the environments we create. It also is a great honor for me to serve on the Delos Advisory Board. We are eager to contribute our sustainable design expertise and help achieve broad adoption of WELL across the profession.”