Arup’s Boston office achieves leading-edge WELL Certification

Rebecca Maloney Rebecca Maloney Americas Press Office ,Boston
20 July 2017

The first project in New England to receive WELL Certified Gold, the fit-out design of Arup's Boston office aims to foster an environment where employees thrive.

Arup’s Boston office is the first project to receive WELL Certification at any level in New England and the 14th project to achieve WELL Certified Gold globally. The design team members include Dyer Brown Architects for architecture and interior design and Corderman & Company, Inc. as general contractor. In addition to our role as owner, we provided lighting design, WELL consulting, commissioning, acoustics, and structural engineering.

The lobby of Arup's new Boston office. Credit Darrin Scott Hunter. The lobby of Arup's new Boston office. Credit Darrin Scott Hunter.

“Arup’s WELL Certified Gold award demonstrates outstanding healthy building leadership. IWBI’s mission is to bring human health and wellness to the forefront of building practices globally, and it is leaders in the building industry like Arup that are helping to advance this movement.”

Rick Fedrizzi, chairman and CEO of IWBI (the International WELL Building Institute)


The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based certification system that marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based scientific research. It identifies 105 performance metrics, design strategies, and procedures that can be implemented by owners, operators, and the design team to improve indoor environmental quality. Arup’s Boston office earned the distinction based on seven categories of building performance: air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort, and mind.

Arup is committed to creating both a sustainable and healthy office environment. WELL emphasises health and wellbeing initiatives to achieve a workplace optimised for people. We believe that working in a healthy building relates to employee performance, recruitment and retention, reduced absenteeism, embodiment of brand, and company culture. ” Tim McCaul Tim McCaul Principal and Boston Group Leader

Desks in Arup's new Boston office. Credit Darrin Scott Hunter. Desks in Arup's new Boston office. Credit Darrin Scott Hunter.

The Arup Boston office serves as a living laboratory to test its own wellbeing approaches to help quantify the impact of health and wellbeing strategies. The assessment includes a WELL-focused pre- and post-occupancy survey developed with in-house environmental psychologists, as well as a custom-designed indoor environmental quality sensor kit built by Arup programmers to stream real-time data.