When relocating its headquarters, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) pared down from 17,000 SF to 8,500 SF and opted to be one of the District’s first WELL Building certifications. Designed by Perkins+Will to be a living laboratory, it demonstrates the impact of design with intent on productivity, engagement and retention among employees, particularly for wellness and sustainability.
The space is a mix of open work areas with flexible, unassigned seating for collaboration and private work space for more focused endeavors. Innovative technology, such as a suite doorway kiosk, allows guests to call for the person they are visiting all while ensuring no single person is isolated in their work environment. Design aspects of biophilia are used throughout including for select light fixtures to mimic patterns found in nature similar to how sunlight is scattered through tree leaves. The new fit-out also includes a 1,000 SF Material ConneXion in which ASID demonstrates different materials that contribute to wellness and sustainability, including those that remove VOCs from the air or are antibacterial.
Specific WELL and sustainable aspects include:
- Various sensors inform environment air quality measuring temperature, humidity, carbon dioxide and particle counts
- Designed to achieve a 40% water use reduction that includes advanced water filtration system with sediment, carbon and ultraviolet filters
- Sophisticated lighting strategy that eliminates eye strain and other negative ergonomic impacts from glare, including automatic daylight harvesting, automatic shade control, and occupancy/vacany sensors