Bloomberg HQ Awarded 3-Star Fitwel Certification

The 29-story office building marks the first Fitwel certification pursued jointly by a landlord and tenant. In addition, it is the first non-governmental, single-tenant property to be three-star certified.

Bloomberg’s headquarters at 731 Lexington Ave. received a Fitwel 3 Star Rating from the Center for Active Design (CfAD)—the operator of the Fitwel Certification System and an international nonprofit organization launched in 2012 by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The property at 731 Lexington Ave., commonly known as The Bloomberg Tower, is managed by Vornado Realty Trust. The Fitwel certification has been pursued jointly by landlord and tenant, marking the first non-governmental, single-tenant property to be three-star certified. However, the building is the fourteenth property to be awarded a Fitwel 3 Star Rating.

Active working

Bloomberg’s 900,000-square-foot office received the certification thanks to a series of factors including: access to daylight and exterior view for the majority of workspaces; provision of healthy food offerings and access to community supported agriculture deliveries during the local growing season. The active workplace culture has unfolded around the building’s stairwell system, encouraging employees to take the elevator less while traveling between its 29 floors.

Vornado’s contribution to the healthy indoor environment is delivered through the green cleaning program run by BMS, its wholly owned subsidiary. The firm proactively monitors indoor air quality for optimal levels of fresh air, temperature and humidity, as well as potential pollutants.

“To achieve excellence in health promotion, the strategies within Fitwel encourage cooperation between all those involved in the development, design, management, and end use of buildings. Vornado and Bloomberg L.P.’s groundbreaking Fitwel certification demonstrates the great potential for building owners and tenants to join together to meet the highest standard for workplace health promotion,” Joanna Frank, president & CEO of CfAD, said in a prepared statement.

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