Class A Asset in Chicago Achieves Highest Rating
May 12, 2021
CHICAGO – Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) announces that 77 West Wacker, a Class A office tower located at 77 W. Wacker Drive in Chicago’s Central Loop, has earned a Fitwel® 3 Star rating, demonstrating commitment to advancing occupant well-being by implementing health-promoting design and operational strategies. The 51-story, 959,258-square-foot asset is managed and leased by Transwestern.
Administered by the Center for Active Design, Fitwel is the world’s leading certification system for building health. A 3 Star designation is the highest rating within the Fitwel standard, and 77 West Wacker is one of only two commercial buildings in Chicago – and one of only 16 in the U.S. – to achieve this level.
“Our team is deeply committed to continually enhancing the occupant experience, and we are thrilled to have earned the prestigious Fitwel 3 Star rating at 77 West Wacker,” said Myrna Coronado-Brookover, Senior Vice President at Transwestern. “This certification is a testament to Transwestern’s dedication to creating workplaces that prioritize health, well-being and high performance.”
The Fitwel scoring process assesses the performance of a built environment according to 12 categories that improve occupant health and productivity. 77 West Wacker was recognized for walkability and proximity to transit; a comprehensive Green Purchase Policy; dedicated fitness and conference facilities; informative health programs for tenants and employees; a comprehensive emergency preparedness plan; and an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) policy, which means that building management monitors indoor air quality for optimal levels of fresh air, temperature and humidity, as well as pollutants.
In October, 77 West Wacker became the first of Transwestern’s properties to deploy TranswesternHub, an innovative intelligent building software platform, powered by Cohesion, that provides an enhanced tenant experience. With a single sign-on application, tenants can access their mobile credential, remote call elevators, register visitors, access IAQ real-time monitoring, live chat with building management, generate service requests, reserve building amenities and more. The introduction of this groundbreaking tool demonstrates that smart building technology can be used to enhance all properties, while addressing demand for touchless amenities and greater transparency during the height of the pandemic.
About Fitwel and the Center for Active Design
Fitwel is the world's leading certification system committed to building health for all®. Generated by expert analysis of 5,600+ academic research studies, Fitwel is implementing a vision for a healthier future where all buildings and communities are enhanced to strengthen health and well-being. Fitwel was originally created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and U.S. General Services Administration. The CDC remains the research and evaluation partner for Fitwel. The Center for Active Design, a global not-for-profit organization, was selected as the licensed operator of Fitwel, charged with expanding Fitwel to the global market. To learn more about Fitwel, please visit: www.fitwel.org.
About Transwestern Real Estate Services
Transwestern Real Estate Services (TRS) adds value for investors, owners and occupiers of all commercial property types through a comprehensive perspective and by providing solutions grounded in sound market intelligence. Part of the Transwestern companies, the firm applies a consultative approach to Agency Leasing, Asset Services, Tenant Advisory + Workplace Solutions, Capital Markets, and Research & Investment Analytics.
The privately held Transwestern companies have been delivering a higher level of personalized service and innovative real estate solutions since 1978. An integrated approach formed from fresh ideas drives value for clients across commercial real estate services, development, investment management and opportunistic programs for high-net-worth investors. The firm operates through 34 U.S. offices and global alliances with BNP Paribas Real Estate and Devencore. Learn more at transwestern.com and @Transwestern.