QuadReal and Tower Companies Achieve Certification with the Fitwel Viral Response Module Just One Month After Public Release
In response to COVID-19, Fitwel users continue to demonstrate their commitment to health with company-wide adoption of viral mitigation policies impacting diverse commercial and residential assets
Fitwel®, the healthy building certification system, is pleased to announce that QuadReal Property Group and The Tower Companies are among the first companies to certify their policies using the Viral Response (VR) module, further reflecting their leadership in advancing health and wellness through design and development practice. This achievement demonstrates how both property owners and operators have mobilized to adopt Fitwel’s evidence-based operational policies and best practices to combat the spread of infectious respiratory diseases in their properties and build trust among occupants.
QuadReal, a global real estate investment, operating and development company, and The Tower Companies, which owns a diverse collection of commercial properties in the Washington, D.C., region, have long prioritized occupant health and wellness as part of their broader ESG and social impact initiatives. Both organizations are Fitwel Champions, having each committed to use Fitwel’s health-focused design and operations strategies at scale across their respective portfolios. Adopting Fitwel’s VR module – which was developed in coordination with leading public health experts and real estate companies – enables them to effectively address the unique challenges associated with COVID-19 and other infectious respiratory diseases.
Jamie Gray-Donald, Senior Vice President of Sustainability & Environmental, Health & Safety at QuadReal, said, “We’ve been working with Fitwel for three years to advance health and wellness initiatives across our portfolio, and they’ve become a trusted advisor. The COVID-19 pandemic shone a spotlight on the role our buildings can play in mitigating the spread of infectious disease. The VR module was critical in helping us identify areas for improvement and in tailoring a policy specific to our needs. When our tenants are ready to return to the office, they can be assured that our practices align with Fitwel’s science-based approach.”