WELL Certification Marks a Major Milestone for Toronto Development
TORONTO, March 7, 2022 – CIBC SQUARE, Toronto’s new innovative office complex by Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines, today announced that it has earned a WELL Health-Safety Rating for their 81 Bay Street tower. Primary tenant CIBC has also received the health rating for their office space that is housed in CIBC SQUARE. Awarded by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) for its operational policies and protocols, community-centric design, and overall innovation, the designation recognizes CIBC SQUARE as a leader in health and safety, a notable achievement as tenants enter the forward-thinking space for the first time.
The achievement is only awarded to buildings and organizations that uphold the highest standard of employee health and well-being through IWBI’s rigorous third-party review. CIBC SQUARE includes features such as emergency preparedness programs, enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures, installation of safety and educational signage, enhanced air quality, as well as advanced tenant engagement platform, all working together to make healthier workspaces.
“CIBC SQUARE will be one of the first office developments in downtown Toronto to open amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and when tenants return we will be ready with the highest health, safety and security measures in place,” said David Hoffman, General Manager at CIBC SQUARE. “The WELL Health-Safety Rating underscores our commitment to being an industry leader in responsible health and safety operations and design. CIBC SQUARE’s elevated environment and people-first approach allow all occupants to thrive through work and wellness.”
For tenant CIBC, the WELL Health-Safety Rating ensures the safety of its clients, employees and the communities they serve when the new office space opens.
“Even before the pandemic, we had ensured the design of our office space within CIBC SQUARE adhered to the highest standards and represented the workplace of the future. We have long been committed to the health and safety of our team and clients, and our WELL Health-Safety Rating provides reassurance that we have prioritized their well-being and have the measures in place for today and tomorrow,” said Veni Iozzo, Executive Vice-President, Enterprise Real-Estate and Workplace Transformation.
Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines’ WELL Health-Safety Rated designated properties have the highest operations and design standards, meeting the specific intents and requirements of the program. Ivanhoé Cambridge and Hines have already completed WELL rating labels for a number of their properties across North America.
To learn more about the WELL Health-Safety Rating, visit https://www.wellcertified.com/health-safety.