HOK Names Mara Baum to Lead Health and Wellness Initiative
The appointment supports the firm’s new partnership with Delos and the International Well Building Institute.
HOK has named a leader to guide its global efforts to incorporate health and well-being performance and design standards, including the WELL Building Standard (WELL), into projects.
Mara Baum, AIA, EDAC, WELL, LEED Fellow, is HOK’s new sustainable design leader, health + wellness. As a WELL Accredited Professional and WELL Faculty member, Baum previously was sustainable design leader for HOK’s Healthcare practice. Based San Francisco, she has 18 years of sustainability experience in architecture, urban planning, research, teaching and green building certification. Baum is an expert on the intersection of ecological considerations and the creation of healthy, healing environments. She continues to provide leadership for the sustainability efforts of HOK’s Healthcare group.
In September 2016, HOK announced a partnership with Delos and the International WELL Building Institute. This partnership is leveraging HOK’s global network of designers and clients to expand the reach of WELL.
“We have always been committed to improving the well-being of the people who occupy the communities, buildings and workplaces we design,” said Bill Hellmuth, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, HOK’s president and CEO and a member of Delos’ advisory board. “We’re excited about the leadership that Mara brings as we seek to integrate WELL’s health and wellness principles into our projects.”
HOK previously provided interior design and sustainability consulting services for TD’s newly renovated office (pictured above) in Toronto. This office, which achieved WELL Certification at the Gold level, was the first project globally to be certified under v1 of WELL and was Canada’s first within the standard’s New and Existing Interiors typology.
HOK and Delos are currently working with Strategic Property Partners on the design of multiple buildings within its mixed-use development on a 53-acre site in downtown Tampa. As the world’s first WELL Certified city district, this multi-phase project will help create a roadmap for how cities worldwide can be designed and developed to support public health. Individual building projects that HOK and SPP are collaborating on include the new 320,000-sq.-ft. University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine and Heart Institute, an adjoining 300,000-sq.-ft. medical office building and a parking, residential and retail building.