Webcor Announces Strategic Partnership with Delos®
San Francisco, CA (May 23, 2014) – San Francisco-based Webcor Builders today announces a strategic partnership with New York-based Delos®, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™. Webcor Builders, long known as one of the West Coast’s most sustainable and largest commercial builders, and Delos, the leader in the emerging healthier buildings market, are teaming up to advance a full range of wellness real estate programs – including promoting performance-based third-party certification through the WELL Building Standard® – into a broad range of private and public commercial building projects. The WELL Building Standard is administered by the International WELL Building Institute and will be third-party certified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
Webcor recognizes that wellness applies equally to offices, schools, residential, hospitality and specialty project types such as sporting and transportation. “Until now, sustainability has almost exclusively been associated with energy efficiency, water conservation and the responsible use of natural resources,” said Jes Pedersen, CEO and President of Webcor. “We’ve always known that buildings are about creating great environments for people. The multiple years of diligent and disciplined research and development that Delos has put into creating its wellness real estate programs have finally given us the systems and partner we’ve been looking for.”
“Webcor fits the profile of a respected, successful general contractor without question, but they are also a proven leader in construction,” says Delos Founder Paul Scialla. “With a portfolio of projects that range from buildings that meet LEED and Living Building Challengestandards, to innovative IPD and P3 delivery methods and the smartest buildings, Webcor is a leader in the global green building movement and sets the standard in every aspect of their business. This partnership is a natural alignment between two leaders in the sustainability and wellness arenas.”
Paul continues, “We are equally as pleased to announce that Phil Williams, the current Vice President for Sustainability at Webcor, will be joining Delos as Executive Director of Project Delivery. Phil’s extensive experience in organizational, sustainability and design-construction-facilities will enable us to aggressively engage the commercial real-estate market sector—helping to carry out our vision of connecting both human and environmental health.”
Over the following months, Webcor will continue to implement the WELL Building Standard in their current and upcoming projects.
WEBCOR BUILDERS was founded in 1971 and has operated offices continuously in California since then. Webcor is known for its innovative and collaborative, high-performance approach to construction, wide range of experience, cutting edge technology, skill in concrete construction, and expertise in building iconic and sustainable projects. The company has completed over 60 million square feet of projects to date. In 2014 Webcor became the first California-based General Contractor to earn ISO 9001: 2008 certification for its Quality Management Program.
As the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, Delos is transforming our homes, offices, schools, and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. Delos helps create spaces that actively contribute to human health, performance and wellbeing by marrying the best innovations in technology, health, science, and real estate. The Delos platform includes programming, consulting, research, and an array of innovative, built-in amenities that research suggests may improve occupant well-being. More information on Delos is available at www.delos.com.
About the WELL Building Standard:
Currently in pilot, the WELL Building Standard links evidence-based medical research with architecture, engineering, construction, and building operations to create a performance-focused system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and well-being. Created through six years of research and development working with researchers and physicians from leading medical institutions and expert practitioners from the building industry, the WELL Building Standard sets performance requirements in seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. Administered by the International WELL Building Institute and committed to third-party certification through the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the WELL Building Standard applies to commercial and institutional projects.