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Health + Well-Being

Helping people thrive in the built environment

Organizations of all types are searching for ways to help their people thrive: physically, mentally and socially. At the same time, the links in the built environment between sustainability, health and well-being have never been clearer.

HOK designs healthy places. In each project we look for ways to incorporate the restorative effects of nature. Our approach emphasizes accessible and lush outdoor spaces for work and play. We also create healthy interior environments that prioritize the biophilic principles of daylight, natural ventilation, nontoxic materials and indoor greenery.

We were an early adopter of the International WELL Building Institute’s WELL Building Standard, a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring building features that can improve health and well-being. Regardless of whether a project is seeking certification, we look for every opportunity to apply WELL-inspired design concepts related to air, water, nourishment, light, movement, thermal comfort, sound, materials, community and mind. The people who occupy these healthy spaces can amplify the impact by carrying their positive feelings and behaviors back into their communities.

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