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JLL’s Downtown Office Primed to Showcase WELL Building Standard

JLL takes own advice with new offices at 28 Liberty Street; firm pursuing WELL Certification, LEED Platinum for space

NEW YORK, September 16, 2016JLL is pursuing WELL Certification for its new Downtown offices with the International WELL Building InstituteTM through its WELL Building StandardTM the first building standard to focus on enhancing people's health and wellbeing through the built environment.

JLL recently relocated its Lower Manhattan office to the 30th floor of the Class A 2.2 million-square-foot landmarked building at 28 Liberty Street. The new space has been designed to showcase the firm's commitment to sustainability, health and wellness and also meets the U.S. Green Building Council standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum Certification.

Administered by the International WELL Building Institute, WELL is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the built environment that impact human health and wellbeing through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between buildings and the health and wellness impacts on its occupants.

In its efforts to achieve certification, JLL implemented stringent cleaning and ventilation standards and installed state-of-the-art equipment to provide high-quality indoor air and water for everyone at its 28 Liberty Street office. Visual and physical ergonomic systems were put into place that included ensuring all computer screens and workstations were fully adjustable in terms of height and distance from the user, and could alternate between seated and standing positions.

The firm also paid significant attention to lighting, with all workstations and conference rooms located on the office perimeter allowing for direct views to the outdoors. JLL installed task lighting with adjustable color temperature and built-in occupancy sensors and electric glare control was incorporated directly in the design of the office space.

The effort to achieve WELL Certification and LEED Platinum certification is being led by Dana Robbins Schneider, managing director and head of JLL's Energy and Sustainability Projects group in the northeast, and includes George Ladyman, managing director and head of JLL's Project and Development Services in the northeast; Hrisa Gatzoulis, senior project manager, and Corey Greer, vice president. The team is working closely with Delos, the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™ and founder of the WELL Building Standard to provide WELL Certification consulting services.

 "JLL's new offices in Lower Manhattan are intended to showcase the benefits of sustainability and wellness building standards that we advise our clients to follow," said Robbins Schneider. "There is no better way to understand the impact of these important efforts to incorporate human health issues into everyday real estate decisions than to do it ourselves for our own staff."

JLL inked a 10-year lease for 10,000 square feet on the 30th floor of 28 Liberty Street in 2015, and completed the relocation of its Downtown employees to the new offices in late June 2016. John Wheeler, managing director, represented JLL in the transaction with Tom Costanzo, director of leasing, representing building owner Fosun Property Holdings in-house.

"JLL's new Downtown office project was focused on mindful design," said Ladyman. "Our offices are intended to celebrate and foster culture and the human spirit. We concentrated our efforts on the people who work here, establishing wellness, health and activity programs along with employee incentives to help our people get healthier and stay that way."

JLL's new Lower Manhattan office is projected to achieve WELL Certification in the third quarter of 2016 by IWBI following rigorous testing and a final evaluation by Green Business Certification Inc., which is the third-party certification body for WELL, to ensure the space meets all WELL performance requirements.

JLL is a leader in the New York tri-state commercial real estate market, with more than 2,300 of the most recognized industry experts offering brokerage, capital markets, property/facilities management, consulting, and project and development services. In 2015, the New York tri-state team completed approximately 32.6 million square feet of lease transactions; arranged investment sales, notes, debt and equity transactions valued at more than $8.2 billion; managed projects valued at $7.8 billion; and oversaw a property management, facilities management and agency leasing portfolio exceeding 141 million square feet.

About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. A Fortune 500 company with annual fee revenue of $5.2 billion and gross revenue of $6.0 billion, JLL has more than 280 corporate offices, operates in more than 80 countries and has a global workforce of more than 60,000. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 4.0 billion square feet, or 372 million square meters, and completed $138 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2015. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $59.1 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit