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Monday
Jul282014

Wellness on the Corporate Campus 

Confidential energy trading facility. Photographer: Tim Griffiths

Recently I've been involved with a number of efforts to marry the traditional fitness center with a larger notion of well-being across the corporate campus and its 24/7 workplace life. In North America the idea of a corporate campus can vary: a single tall building or a cluster in an urban setting, or a suburban campus of lower rise buildings. Both have the single purpose focus of supporting collaborative teams whose “full work/life needs” are designed to be close at hand. This all-encompassing environment, a hallmark of these 21st century “company towns,” entails both wellness and fitness imperatives.

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Wednesday
Jul232014

Food & Wellness

Last month, Gensler's San Francisco office hosted its first annual Serve it Forth dinner, which brought professionals from disparate industries together to discuss the future of health and wellness at the workplace. Image © Gensler

Great food has a singular power to bring people together and create long-lasting relationships. This was proved yet again at the San Francisco office’s first Serve it Forth dinner. With the help of Guckenheimer, a premier catering company whose highly trained chefs create menus that are not only pleasing to the palate but nutritious for the body, our growing health and wellness practice area transformed the front lobby into a beautiful restaurant-like setting with a long stretch of communal tables covered in local produce. We invited 40 guests from various industries, all of whom are extremely passionate about wellness, to join us for a three course dinner and brainstorming session geared towards impacting community health and well-being.

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Wednesday
Jul092014

The Future of the Campus Health Center and Student Wellness

Bechara Choucair, commissioner of public health for the City of Chicago; Denise Scarpelli, market pharmacy director for Walgreens; and Alex Lickerman, vice president of student health and counseling for the University of Chicago speak at Gensler’s Chicago office about the future of student wellness and on-campus health centers. Image © Gensler

What is your memory of the campus health center when you were in college? For many, it’s of a somewhat sinister building that you only visited when you absolutely had to – and even then, it was with the firm belief that you were going to check out in worse shape than when you checked in.

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Monday
Jun302014

We’ve Topped Off! The Tower at PNC Plaza Reaches Full Height

Rendering © Gensler, Photo © PNC

It seems like just yesterday, but was in fact 2012 when we broke ground on PNC’s new world headquarters, The Tower at PNC Plaza. The 33-story, 800,000-square foot tower is set to open in the fall of 2015. Located in Pittsburgh, Penn., the building will house approximately 2,200 employees in what is being billed as the "greenest highrise in the world."

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Monday
Jun302014

How Good Design Can Improve Public Health

Willowbrook MLK Wellness Community Health Park. Image © Gensler

By the year 2050, a staggering 70 percent of the planet’s population will live in urban areas. That rate of change holds significant ramifications, not the least of which is that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death globally and will be proportionately represented in growing cities. NCDs pose a significant risk to these burgeoning populations. To protect the health of the global population, we must mitigate the spread of NCDs in dense urban centers by applying scalable design strategies that prioritize our emotional and physical wellness.

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