WELL Gold Certification Award

The Views of Marion Senior Living Community has been AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS WELL COMMUNITY CERTIFICATION
The Views Senior Living Communities Assisted Living has achieved WELL Community Certified at the Gold Level

Marion, Iowa February 2020 – The Views of Marion, Iowa announces that it has been awarded WELL Community Certification at the Gold level for it’s senior living community, The Views of Marion Assisted Living by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). The prestigious distinction was awarded through IWBI’s WELL Community Standard pilot, a district-scale rating system focused on enhancing people’s health and wellness in the communities where we live, work and play.

About The Views of Marion Senior Living Community

The next wave of living healthy is demonstrated by The Views of Marion’s new senior living community. The Views of Marion is the only senior living community in Marion to offer all levels of care. This includes a unique memory care wing designed to enhance the lives of those living with dementia. It is located at 720 Oakbrook Drive, Marion. It was designed and built to enhance the lives of those who both live and work there by incorporating WELL standards from beginning to end. The Views of Marion is proud to be certified as a Gold standard WELL building, being the first in the nation to meet reach this goal.

Delivered by IWBI and created through seven years of rigorous research and development, WELL is a performance-based certification system that marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based scientific research. The Views Senior Living of Marion has earned WELL Community Certification based on ten categories of performance — Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community.

Project features that helped The Views of Marion achieve its WELL Community Certified Gold rating include:

  • Low VOC selections in Paint, Carpeting, Vinyl flooring
  • Oiled woodwork instead of using stain and varnish
  • Air filtration installation and maintenance practices that reduce dust and pollutants improving air quality to hospital-grade
  • Architectural design to include an abundance of natural light and space through high ceilings and an abundance of windows
  • Improved atmospheric well-being and air by increased plants and greenery
  • Enhanced health by design layout including walking opportunities and convenient exercise equipment and opportunities

Marion, IA - As one of the only senior living community in the nation to be WELL registered, The Views of Marion raises the bar in building design for senior living by building a one-of-a-kind healthy building. The evolution from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) to the WELL Building Standard is putting Iowa and Marion on the map, being on the cutting edge of health and design standards for senior residents, employees, the community and our future.

WELL is the premier building standard to focus on enhancing people’s health and wellness through the buildings where we live, work and play. Delivered by the International WELL Building Institute, WELL sets performance requirements across seven categories relevant to tenant and employee health (air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind).

WELL at The Views of Marion 
The Views community will use 50% of the energy required by another building its size and will be 100% covered by a generator. This design reduces risks of health concerns associated with molds and hazardous chemicals.

The Views air quality component incorporates a hospital grade ventilation system. Illness such as COPD, asthma, allergies and more can be greatly affected by the quality of the air. Having enhanced filtration and plenty of plants creates cleaner air for living and working environments, helping reduce symptoms for those living with respiratory issues.

The water used in the building is Marion water + additional filtration system + third party testing quarterly. Reducing metals in drinking water has been known to aide in the reduction of high blood pressure and kidney disease. Plenty of healthy water is not only important as we age, it is known to be especially beneficial for those living with dementia.

The Views In-house culinary chef and certified dietician follows strict WELL standards for nutrition. Menus are labeled with nutritional facts and nutrition education is available.

Lighting systems throughout the community are designed to increase alertness, enhance the living experience and promote good sleep. The building is also designed with many windows increasing exposure to natural light!

Activity and programs are designed to promote and enhance fitness, comfort, and mind wellness.

WELL is grounded in a body of evidence-based research that explores the connection between the buildings where we spend approximately 90 percent of our time, and the health and wellness impacts on the people inside these buildings. To be awarded WELL Certification by IWBI, [project name] underwent rigorous testing and a final evaluation carried out by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), which is the third-party certification body for WELL, to ensure it met all WELL Certified [certification level] performance requirements.

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