Teknion’s New York Showroom Achieves WELL & LEED Certification
Teknion Corporation’s 15,514 square foot New York City showroom has achieved WELL Gold certification from The International WELL Building Institute, and LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The New York property is Teknion’s fourth WELL certification, and 12th LEED certified showroom.
“On July 11, Rachel Gutter, President of International WELL Building Institute, presented Teknion with a plaque acknowledging and honoring our Gold certification,” said Backus. “The presentation, held in our showroom, was supported heavily by our friends at IWBI, the community at large and our staff, who will benefit the most from the space. People are motivated to improve their well-being and when we consider the built and natural environments together, we find that what’s best for the planet is what’s best for people.”
Designed by Vanderbyl Design, the showroom features a building architecture with spacious tall ceilings, as well as an open plan arranged by a grid of classical columns.
Located at 641 Avenue of the Americas, the showroom welcomes its visitors with a hearth space, while a Teknion Community Table defines the casual meeting area. The pavilions also integrate a library lounge, and a third pavilion houses the main conference room.
Private offices at the edge of the showroom are detailed by Teknion’s architectural wall systems, used to provide full-height space division with the illumination of natural light.
While the furniture that populates the showroom floor replicates a contemporary office landscape, this area also reflects the changing character of the contemporary workplace and reinforces Teknion’s brand.
“Attaining WELL has been a challenging initiative,” said Tracy Backus, Director, Sustainable Programs, Teknion. “We have seen the return on the investment in our own people and business opportunities in our Boston, Dallas and Toronto locations and are confident that New York will provide similar results. The WELL Building Standard is a tool to drive change. Even if that change is incremental, it can be very inspirational. As a human-centric standard, WELL has encouraged us to give consumers what they are asking us for, including transparency.”