Enriching Spaces – WELL Building Standard Platinum Certified – Virtual Office Tour

ChuckLohreEnriching Spaces, Greater Cincinnati Green Building Tours

Enriching Spaces – WELL Building Standard Platinum Certified – Virtual Office Tour

WHAT: Enriching Spaces Interior Services virtual office tour – First in Ohio and 9th in the US to receive WELL Certification Platinum
WHERE: Virtual (Forrest Park, Ohio)
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021; 11 am to Noon, photo links to registration page

“How a small company achieved WELL Certified™ Platinum on a tight budget!”

Dawn Schwartzman (CEO, Enriching Spaces) and Yasha Ogg (WELL AP, emersion DESIGN) will present Enriching Spaces, a WELL Certified™ v2 Platinum building. Enriching Spaces is a contract provider of furnishings, interior design, project management, and installation services. With less than 15 employees, Enriching Spaces managed to retrofit their existing 30-year-old office and showroom by maximizing the engagement of their employees, vendor partners, building service providers, and community safety department. This tour will walk the audience through the team’s successes and challenges in implementing the optimizations of ten WELLv2 evidence-based concepts promoting health, safety, and well-being in the indoor and outdoor environments.

In August 2018, Dawn Schwartzman introduced IWBI’s philosophy and certification process to her employees. “I had attended several regional WELL presentations and instinctively knew that this program was perfect for our company, our vision, our culture, building, and grounds.”  The team at Enriching Spaces registered for WELL Certification and ultimately achieved the highest level rating, Platinum. Each team member selected several features to work on.  The need for technical expertise became evident, and a search for a passionate WELL AP began.  In February 2019, the team added Yasha Ogg of emersion DESIGN, WELL AP, WELL Faculty, LEED AP, ID+C, BD+C.

WELL v2 is structured on ten evidence-based features that influence the health and well-being of the occupants, associates, and visitors in the built environment: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind, and Community.  These features link design, policy, and strategies to positive health and well-being outcomes, ultimately improving an organization’s ability to attract and retain employees.

Enriching Spaces is a contract provider of furnishings, interior design, project management, and installation services.  They partner with Herman Miller, OFS Brands, Exemplis, and Interface flooring in providing customers with sustainable human-centered solutions. These globally recognized vendor partners provided essential access to material specifications and certifications to meet WELL criteria.  The extensive materials verification process inspired Enriching Spaces to convert their existing fabrics and finishes library into a Mindful Materials Library.

At every opportunity, Enriching Spaces provides a maximum view of nature for all employees and guests. A mindful walking path around the building encourages and enables easy breaks for meditation or catching more steps in the day.  Sculpture, wind chimes, a bamboo grove, outdoor seating….all enhance the existing forest.

“In our showroom and studio, we continue every day to discover the potential of place.  WELL principles inform our designs, selections, and culture.  The images, textures, and patterns of nature evoke our curiosity and inspire a variety of spaces that nurture community, contemplation, and creative thinking.  When we return to nature, we return to ourselves,” Dawn Schwartzman.

Noticeable improvements to air quality and thermal comfort were among the most appreciated feature improvements.  Six different HVAC units were renovated for constant fresh air intake, and all filters were upgraded.  Daily measuring of air pollutants, pollen, humidity, and temperature informs decisions on open doors.  All ventilation was rebalanced, and thermostat controls, personal fans, and blankets were provided to all.  These investments soon became very COVID-19 relevant.

Schedule: 11 am until Noon. Gather in the portal, 11:05 pm MaryEllen Etienne introduces the Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and Chuck Lohre introduces the 2021 Cincinnati Green Building Tours’ sponsors. 11:15 am, Dawn Schwartzman (CEO, Enriching Spaces) and Yasha Ogg (WELL AP, emersion DESIGN) will present. Noon Chuck Lohre will announce the raffle gift certificate winner.

NOTE: You will receive webinar access details after you register. If you have any follow-up questions, please reach out to Chuck Lohre at [email protected] or 513-260-9025.

Future 2021 Green Project Tour Series locations:

  • April 10, 2021, 11 am till Noon – Urban Stead Cheese, a cheese shop in Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, OH, has been awarded LEED BD+C New Construction Silver by the US Green Building Council. Sol design + consulting provided energy efficiency consulting and green building certification services for the project, build by Terrex.
  • October 9, 2021, 11 am until Noon, Evanston – 3233 Fairfield, Cincinnati, OH; Envisage Architecture LLC, Sarah Kleiner, AIA, LEED AP. Conveniently located on Fairfield Avenue in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Evanston. These new homes will offer the convenience of urban living and the modern amenities of new construction. Check out the links on their website to learn more details about the features of these new homes. https://www.envisage-arch.com/expertise
  • November 13, 2021, 11 am until Noon, Sol Design + Consulting, LEED Platinum

Learn more about LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

USGBC SW Ohio Chapter  Greater Cincinnati Green Building Tours’ Mission: To provide education on sustainability in everyday tasks by promoting environmentally sound practices to transform the way homes & offices are designed, built, and operated enabling healthy, prosperous and environmentally and socially responsible living. Ohio Chapter USGBC Membership.

The Green Home Tours are sponsored by the following companies:
GreenBau Design Build, Steve Hampton & Tony Beck
Green Building Consulting, Paul Yankie
Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy, Chuck Lohre
Greener Stock Sustainable Building Materials & Design, Heather Estridge
Green Streets Environmental Services, Ben Haggerty
One Small Garden Planters and Sheds, Julie Gardner
Patterned Concrete of Cincinnati, Paul Schneider
Cincinnati Modern, David Smith
Solar Energy Solutions, Syl Masih
Third Sun Solar, Geoff Green

If you would like to “Do the right thing,” join me for coffee or lunch and a complimentary Green Building Consultation.

What’s the best way to learn about Green Building?
Join the Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.