AIA LA COTE presents "Building Health, Measuring Wellness: Brown School Evidence-Based Design & Innovations"
August 3, 2017, 6:30-8:00PM
Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, 933 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

AIA LA COTE presents

Building Health, Measuring Wellness: Brown School Evidence-Based Design & Innovations

Date: Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 6.30 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.

Where: Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners, 933 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

AIA Members: Free

Non-Members: $15

On average we spend 2,400 hours per year at the office, spending six hours a day sitting at a desk.  How can we improve health outcomes, increase productivity, and attract and retain good staff?  How can we measure the impact of healthy building design to the occupants?  The design of Hillman Hall for the Brown School of Social Work and Public Health at Washington University in St Louis redefines the traditional academic building. This newly completed “healthy” building case study will address the importance of integrating health and wellness into building and landscape design to increase opportunities for physical activity and enhanced student, faculty, and staff collaboration and social networks.

The George Warren Brown School of Social Work is the top-ranked school of social work and a pioneer in the  area of evidence-based practice.  Its path-breaking research addresses some of current societies’ greatest challenges. The school’s research centers focus on a range of issues including obesity prevention, diabetes research, mental health services, violence and injury prevention and American Indian studies.  At the onset of planning, the primary goal of the Brown School was to construct a building that fully embraces the School’s vision, which is to create “Positive Social Change”. The design of the new 106,000 GSF building redefines the traditional academic building through open floor plans that encourage collaboration and offer equitable access to natural light and views.  Hillman Hall itself is an experimental laboratory.  Researchers conducted a two and a half year-long academic study aimed at quantifying the impact of the building’s many innovative features on the well-being of the people who work, learn and visit. Using a tool kit of high-tech methods to gather data, including accelerometers and bluetooth beacons.  The results of the research data were surprising.  

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