DALLAS – October 11, 2022 – Granite Properties, a commercial real estate investment, development and management company, announced today it has become a Fitwel Champion, and has certified five office buildings. Fitwel is a third-party healthy building certification system promoting health and wellbeing through the built environment. Fitwel Champions are companies that adopt and apply Fitwel’s evidence-based strategies to their property portfolio. Granite is pursuing Fitwel certifications for nineteen office buildings in 24 months, and 23Springs in Uptown Dallas upon completion. The twenty buildings consist of approximately 6.7 million square feet of office and amenity space. Granite’s distinction as a Fitwel Champion coincides with its broader commitment to providing people-centric workspace promoting wellness, community, sustainability, and giving back.
In 2021, 100 Bayview, a Class-A, LEED Gold certified office building in Newport Beach, became the first Granite Fitwel-certified building. It was also the first multi-tenant Fitwel-certified building in the region. Since then, the firm has certified Plaza Tower One, a Class-A, LEED Gold certified office building in Denver, 100 City View, a Class-A, LEED Silver certified office building in Atlanta, 500 North Brand Boulevard, a Class-A, LEED Gold certified office building in Glendale, and Midtown Union, a Class-AA office building designed for LEED Silver certification in Midtown Atlanta.
“Granite is proud to be a Fitwel Champion. It reflects our commitment to providing high quality, productive and wellness-focused work environments for the health and wellbeing of our customers and employees,” said Sylvia Golisano, ESG, Engineering, & Sustainability Specialist, Granite Properties. “Our sustainability and wellness efforts align with our core values, and are designed to help our customers make a positive impact as well. Our Property Experience Team has been working hard to certify our buildings for both LEED and Fitwel, and we thank them for always putting our customers first,” she added.
Ten members of Granite’s Properties Experience Team have become Fitwel Ambassadors. These ambassadors are located in each market the firm has a presence, and are well-versed in the evidence-based connection between design and health.
Fitwel is a high-impact, people-centric real estate certification platform committed to building health for all®. Fitwel was created in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is operated by the Center for Active Design (CfAD).
Fitwel strategies utilized by Granite Properties’ developments and investments include wellness programming and features like outdoor workspaces, clean indoor air technology, an abundance of natural light, biophilic design, access to trails, fitness centers, and healthy food options.
“Granite Properties’ achievement as a Fitwel Champion indicates its alignment with the best science available, and demonstrates an unwavering commitment to tenant health and wellbeing,” said Joanna Frank, President and CEO of the Center for Active Design, which oversees Fitwel certification system. “We applaud Granite Properties for understanding the important role investors and developers have in safeguarding occupant health and wellbeing.”
About Granite Properties
Granite Properties is a privately held commercial real estate investment, development and management company founded in 1991. The firm owns 11.5 million square feet of high-quality office space in Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Denver, Southern California, Boston and Nashville. Granite is an established investor, developer, and manager with a focus on sustainable, highly amenitized projects. It has completed more than $8 billion in real estate transactions and more than 29 million square feet of real estate development and acquisitions. Current active development projects in Atlanta, Boston, and Dallas total over 2 million square feet with total costs over $1.5 billion. Granite focuses on creating extraordinary customer experiences through mixed-use environments, rich amenities, customer-centric service, and innovative wellness features. Granite is NAIOP’s 2022 Developer of the Year, and has been named a Fortune Magazine Great Place to Work for nine consecutive years. For more information, visit: graniteprop.com.
Fitwel is the world’s leading certification system committed to building health for all. Generated by expert analysis of 5,600+ academic research studies, Fitwel is implementing a vision for a healthier future where all buildings and communities are enhanced to strengthen health and well-being. Fitwel was originally created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and U.S. General Services Administration. The CDC remains the research and evaluation partner for Fitwel. The Center for Active Design (CfAD), a global not-for-profit organization, maintains the Fitwel standard and conducts objective third-party assessments that lead to certified projects. CfAD’s affiliate Adai (pronounced “a-DAY”), is charged with expanding Fitwel to the global market, administering the program while providing best-in-class customer service and technical support. To learn more about Fitwel, please visit: www.fitwel.org.