WELL Health-Safety Encourages a Safe Return to Building

Shared meeting space in the WELL Health-Safety certified Alliance Center

As early adopter, The Alliance Center achieves WELL Health-Safety Rating

DENVER – More and more frequently students are returning to their classrooms, restaurants are reopening and as time progresses we are getting closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. For office workers the return to work comes along with concerns about whether their workplace is a safe space to be. The Alliance Center is happy to announce it has received the WELL Health-Safety Rating to assure customers their building is safe and allow them to feel more comfortable about returning to the office. 

The Alliance Center, a 40,000-square-foot collaborative working space in the heart of Lower Downtown (LoDo) Denver, has been a leader in the sustainability movement since its founding in 2004. The 113-year-old facility continues to be recognized as a leader in environmental performance and was recently identified as the most energy efficient building in LoDo and 9th in all of Denver. 

As the immediate response to the COVID pandemic began to subside, The Alliance Center turned its attention to how to provide tenants and visitors of their space the assurance needed to return to the building with peace of mind. This focus pointed towards the International WELL Building Institutes’ (IWBI) WELL Health-Safety Rating. The rating requires third party verification on topics such as reducing surface contact, planning for healthy re-entry, supporting mental health recovery, monitoring air and water quality and more.

“We were pleasantly surprised that many of the features identified by IWBI as helpful tools to promote a safe office were already in place at the building. We simply needed to document those practices and policies to achieve the rating” Chris Bowyer, director of building operations for The Alliance Center, said. “We are excited to be one of the first in Colorado to achieve WELL Health-Safety, but we are even happier this will provide our community with additional reassurances we are doing our absolute best to provide a space that will allow our tenants and guests to feel safe in their work environment” he continued.   

The Alliance Center was able to accomplish this rating by redoubling their efforts on human health and wellbeing, which have been a cornerstone to their ongoing operations since their founding. Some elements like replacing push button soap dispensers for automatic ones, adding directional signage and installing plexiglass dividers were common sense improvements to incorporate as an early response to COVID. Many more, such as maximizing outdoor air, documented emergency procedures and teams, annual air quality testing and providing progressive benefits to their staff, were in place well before the pandemic began. The Alliance Center will use this new rating as a framework to educate its community about how buildings impact human health along with everything The Alliance Center is doing to improve occupant health and wellness.  

As the light on the horizon continues to brighten, The Alliance Center is excited to welcome more of its community members back and provide them a safe space where they can be at ease and focus on their important work. The accomplishment of receiving the WELL Health-Safety rating serves as an important tool in this process and displays The Alliance Center’s neverending dedication to the wellbeing of everyone who enters their doors.  

About the Alliance Center

The Alliance Center is a nonprofit focused on holistic sustainability with an event and collaborative working space in the heart of lower downtown Denver. We demonstrate sustainability in action and mobilize change agents to accelerate solutions. The Alliance Center is a model for innovative green building practices, collaborative working techniques and engaging educational programming—all designed to scale up the sustainability movement. For more information, visit thealliancecenter.org and follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn and Instagram.

Quick Facts

  • The Alliance Center utilizes its building as a living laboratory, demonstrating sustainability in action and testing innovative green building practices to improve sustainability in the building sector and the wellness of building occupants.
  • The International WELL Building Institute develops and administers the WELL Building Standard (WELL), a roadmap for creating and certifying spaces that advance human health and well-being. Backed by the latest scientific research, WELL sets pathways for accomplishing health-first factors that help everyone do their best work and be their best selves by supporting our physical and mental health across ten core concepts.

Available for comment

  • Chris Bowyer / Director of Building Operations / The Alliance Center
  • Jason Page / Chief Operating Officer / The Alliance Center