About This Course:
The office should be a place that can heal, not hinder, our mental and physical health. The corporate focus on health and well-being is part of a wider acknowledgment of the advantages of mindfulness and mental health, both in the workplace and in general. There is now a focus on allowing people to experience different modes of thought throughout the day, through meditation rooms, sleep pods and increasingly dynamic and well-designed workplaces. Incorporating elements of nature into workplace design can offer a significant boost to employees’ mental well-being. For example, plants and wooden materials have been shown to reduce stress and natural daylight with a view of the great outdoors helps reduce anxiety.
In this learning program, elements of and examples of office design elements that incorporates the WELL Building Concepts will be examined. Examples will be presented to reinforce the attendees understanding as to how the WELL design concepts can enhance the productivity, quality of life and mental well-being of employees.
Learning Objective 1
Attendees will be provided an overview the elements of the WELL Building Standard relevant to the design of office spaces for the mental and physical well-being of the occupants.
Learning Objective 2
Attendees will learn how the biophilia design, through incorporating elements of nature into workplace design, can enhance the indoor air quality and offer a significant boost to employees’ mental well-being.
Learning Objective 3
Attendees will learn about the criticality of natural light in context of the mental health of employees, and how the proper use of natural lights can improve the quality of life and reduce stress of employees. In addition, the various types of artificial lights and their functionalities will be examined, along with presentation of design examples that illustrate how the proper design and light intensity can positively affect the employees’ well-being.
Learning Objective 4
Overuse of the same muscles and ligaments while trying to adjust to static furniture or equipment over time can cause discomfort and strain the body, especially in occupational environments that require repetitive tasks. Under such conditions, the effects of even slight visual or physical discomfort are compounded, leading to decreased occupant comfort and focus. As such, the visual and physical ergonomics should be addressed in office space designs. Examples will be examined to reinforce attendees’ understanding of the WELL elements built into the workplace furniture.
About the Speaker:
PE, P.Eng. (Canada), PMP, WELL AP, LEED GA,CTS
Principal Estimator at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, possessing more than 20 years of experience in establishing and reviewing estimates for heavy civil construction projects of various types (aviation, passenger and freight rails, roadways and utilities, bridges and tunnels, etc.) and at all design stages (from order-of-magnitude through bid estimates), and proficient in both design-bid-build and design-build / fast-track projects. Currently assigned to be the lead estimator to the $13 billion JFK Redevelopment Program and responsible for conceptual estimate development and audit reviews. Previously worked for STV, Incorporated, Con Edison, MTA New York City Transit and MTA Bridges & Tunnels.
Professional licences and credentials include:
Professional Engineer (PE) in New York State
Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) in the Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, Canada
PMI Project Management Professional (PMP)
USGBC / GBCI LEED Green Associate
AVIXA Certified Technology Specialist
Henry Yu, PE, P.Eng. (Canada), PMP, WELL AP, LEED GA,CTS
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2022
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM ET
2.0 AIA LU-HSW / 2.0 PDH