Dream Office is now Canada’s largest commercial portfolio to earn the WELL Health-Safety Rating for 25 buildings across the country totalling 4.6 million square feet.
To ensure a healthy and safe return to work, its office spaces across Toronto, Mississauga and Calgary have implemented a wide range of solutions, such as developing Better Together plans tailored for each building and detailing new “return-to-the-office” features. Infrastructure improvements include: an upgrade of all air filtration systems with the highest efficiency MERV filters wherever possible; installation of UV light technologies; treatment of high-contact surfaces with anti-microbial solutions; and consistent measurement and monitoring of air and water quality, among others. Contact minimization strategies have also been implemented, such as social distancing markers, wayfinding signage, and separation of pedestrian entry and exits.
The International WELL Building Institute launched the WELL Health-Safety Rating in June 2020 to address the post-COVID-19 environment and guide users in preparing their spaces for a healthy re-entry.
“Over the pandemic, this has never been more important – we have proactively made investments in new technologies and put in place extensive measures to ensure a healthy and safe return to our buildings,” said Gordon Wadley, COO of Dream Office REIT.
Through the Dream+ app, tenants can access real-time updates about their building, learn about the enhanced protocols and features, as well as communicate any questions or requests.
Photo: 350 Bay Street, Toronto, Well Rating, Dream Office REIT