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Building Healthy Places at the Fall Meeting: Concurrent Sessions on Office and Residential

Last week, ULI’s Fall Meeting in Chicago featured a good deal of Building Healthy Places programming, with dynamic panels and speakers that focused on what it takes to make healthy places happen, the future of retail and office and emerging opportunities for doing well and good. Read highlights and tweets from some of the sessions. PowerPoints will be available soon for download.

Creating Holistically Healthy Work Environments

Office developers are thinking more and more about health of tenants and employees, said panelists at this session.

  • Clare De Briere, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at The Ratkovich Company, discussed the Hercules Campus in Los Angeles, which was redeveloped with creativity and innovation in mind. The project contains open space and park space and amenities for employees such as barbecue pits, surfboard racks, and outdoor showers.
  • Ken Hubbard, Senior Managing Director at Hines, discussed ideas for metrics for how to measure what makes a building healthy, including location and transportation, proximity to green space, LEED, air quality, roof terraces, natural light, comfort, views, and programming.
  • Robert Arron, Senior Director at Vulcan Real Estate, described the company’s South Lake Union project in Seattle, Washington, which aims to be a 24-7 sustainable community. In that project, the use of public art encourages office workers to go outdoors.


Building Healthy, Wealthy, and Wiser

A panel of residential builders and developers discussed how they are integrating health, wellness and real estate.

  • Marja Preston, President of Grow Community Bainbridge/Asani, discussed how this development created pocket neighborhoods on Washington’s Bainbridge Island to foster social connections and reduce the carbon footprint. The neighborhoods cluster units around community gardens, with parking spaces that are not adjacent to homes. Absorption has been much faster than expected.
  • Leroy Moore, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Tampa Housing Authority, discussed Encore Tampa, a mixed-use, mixed-income redevelopment project in downtown Tampa. Programming, LEED certification, and a future grocery store all help ensure physical and social health of residents.
  • Jeremy Newman Sharpe, Vice President of Community Development at Rancho Sahuarita in Arizona, created a team for this master planned community whose sole job is to make residents lives better, including forming partnerships with health care providers to provide educational opportunities and engaging residents through programming.

Other Highlights from the Fall Meeting

Read highlights from other Building Healthy Places concurrent sessions here.

Watch highlights from videos of the General Sessions here.


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