Urban Wellness: Water Street Tampa’s Gold-Level Certification

Water Street Tampa, the groundbreaking lifestyle destination in Downtown Tampa, recently achieved the prestigious WELL Community Certification at the Gold level.

This remarkable achievement marks Water Street Tampa as the first neighbourhood in North America to receive this honourable distinction. Spearheaded by the Tampa-based real estate development firm, Strategic Property Partners, LLC (SPP), and in collaboration with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), this certification underscores Water Street Tampa’s unwavering commitment to fostering health and well-being throughout the entire community.

Urban Wellness: Water Street Tampa's Gold-Level Certification

Strategic Integration for Well-being

The WELL Community Certification is a testament to Water Street Tampa’s dedication to enhancing the lives of its residents and visitors. From the project’s inception, the vision was clear: to create a place that prioritizes the well-being of all who dwell within it. Josh Taube, Chief Executive Officer for SPP, highlighted this vision, stating, “From the very beginning, we conceived of Water Street Tampa as a place that would honour and promote the well-being of all our residents and visitors in unique and thoughtful ways.

Urban Wellness: Water Street Tampa's Gold-Level Certification

IWBI, a globally recognized authority on health and well-being in the built environment, introduced the WELL Community Standard to acknowledge communities that champion health and well-being across various facets of community life.

This comprehensive and evidence-based approach evaluates neighbourhoods such as Water Street Tampa, which implement design and policy strategies geared towards enhancing the lives of their inhabitants. These strategies encompass areas like air quality, water quality, nourishment, access to light, promoting movement, thermal comfort, sound, sustainable materials, mental well-being, and community engagement.

Transforming the Community Landscape

“We are so excited to congratulate Water Street Tampa for its trailblazing leadership in community health as the first neighbourhood in the country and across North America to earn WELL Community Certification,” said Rachel Hodgdon, President and CEO, of IWBI. “By deploying WELL’s comprehensive and interdisciplinary roadmap to support human health and well-being at the community level, Water Street Tampa has secured its place as a true pioneer, serving as an inspiration for other neighbourhood projects around the world.”

Urban Wellness: Water Street Tampa's Gold-Level Certification

Water Street Tampa’s achievement of WELL Community Certification stems from its holistic approach to promoting health-conscious and community-focused elements. These initiatives include:

  • Enhanced Walkability: Water Street Tampa has widened its sidewalks to improve walkability and create engaging street-level experiences.
  • Air Quality Monitoring: The neighbourhood actively measures air quality to ensure a healthy living environment.
  • Community Engagement: A comprehensive public art program and regular free public events foster high levels of community engagement.
  • Access to Healthy Resources: Water Street Tampa offers strategically placed water stations and a neighbourhood grocery store, along with regular farmers’ markets, to increase access to drinking water and healthy foods.
  • Promoting Physical Activity: New bike lanes and free community fitness classes encourage movement among residents and visitors.
  • Digital Connectivity: Free public Wi-Fi enhances digital connectivity.
  • Environmentally Friendly Landscaping: Native landscaping reduces environmental impact.
  • Reducing Pollution: Efforts to reduce light and noise pollution are evident throughout the neighbourhood.

The WELL Community Standard, being the highest standard for wellness at a community level, promises numerous benefits, including higher tenant satisfaction, increased productivity, and improved physical and mental health. According to IWBI, a recent study in the Journal of Building and Environment found that workers in WELL-Certified buildings reported a 30 percent increase in overall satisfaction, a 26 percent increase in well-being, and a 10-point increase in median productivity scores compared to their experiences before certification.

Beyond Community: Individual Wellness

Urban Wellness: Water Street Tampa's Gold-Level Certification

Water Street Tampa not only excels as a community but also as the home to individual buildings that prioritize wellness. The neighbourhood’s Thousand & One office tower has achieved WELL Core Certification at the Gold level, making it the first building in Tampa to attain this distinction.

This recognition reflects the commitment to tenant well-being, with features like accessible outdoor spaces, ample natural light, high-quality water, indoor temperature monitoring, amenities supporting new mothers, and the use of MERV 15 air filters.

Water Street Tampa’s accolades extend beyond the WELL Community Certification. It recently received the Urban Land Institute’s Americas Award for Excellence 2023, acknowledging its successful public-private partnership between developers, local government, and community leaders.

Additionally, Water Street Tampa stands as the world’s first WiredScore SmartScore Precertified Neighborhood, reflecting its exceptional technology infrastructure. It was also named one of Time’s “World’s Greatest Places” for 2023, solidifying its global reputation for innovation and excellence.

In conclusion, Water Street Tampa’s achievement of the WELL Community Certification at the Gold level is a testament to its unwavering commitment to the well-being of its residents and visitors.

As a pioneer in community health and wellness, Water Street Tampa sets a new standard for urban development, creating a blueprint for neighbourhoods worldwide to follow.

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