CBRE Goes All in On Calgary and Wellness

July 21, 2022 3 Minute Read

Calgary office WELL certification

Move aside Stampede, Calgary’s got a new reason to be WELL known.

CBRE’s Calgary office has just become the company’s first North American office to receive the WELL v2 Platinum Certification from the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). It is just the second project in Canada to achieve WELL Certification at the Platinum level and is the first private commercial project in the country to do so.

“After everything Alberta has been through in recent years, it’s exciting to unveil a new office that reflects CBRE’s commitment to the future of this city and the opportunities in our economy. It shows our desire to attract and retain talent with world-class office space,” says Greg Kwong, CBRE’s Alberta Regional Managing Director.

What it is to be WELL

Situated in the heart of downtown Calgary at LEED Platinum-certified Eight Avenue Place, CBRE’s new office incorporates over 100 wellness strategies to enhance employee health and wellbeing. These include:

  • Carbon-filtered water stations
  • Ergonomic and safe, non-toxic furniture
  • Modern fitness centre, saunas, and end-of-trip facilities
  • Noise-reducing technology
  • Selection of nourishing food and beverages
  • State-of-the-art HVAC system preventing microbes and mold; UVC filters
  • Universal access to natural light and to the outdoors
  • Wellness room and an employee hub promoting collaboration and socialization


The WELL Building Standard (WELL) is a certification system that spotlights buildings and communities that enhance people’s health and wellbeing. It is founded on a series of evidence-based criteria across 10 categories of building performance: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community.

This system sets the bar for best practices in design and development.

Design and Deliver What You Know

CBRE’s expertise in various areas was on display in pursuit of this landmark certification. Brokerage, Workplace Strategy, Project Management and Move Management groups all participated in the project and provided a wealth of knowledge and expertise on ways to optimize the office for new flexible-working arrangements.

With five previous WELL Certifications under its belt in Canada, CBRE was well-equipped to tackle an even more ambitious target with the Calgary office project.

CBRE Calgary reaffirms the company’s commitment to enhancing employee wellbeing and its position as commercial real estate leader. The Calgary office helps other businesses understand the process of getting WELL Certification and gives them the chance to experience the benefits of this cutting-edge space.

“Hybrid work may be the way of the future, but we want to make our offices appealing and high-performance venues when people are present,” says Kwong. “CBRE is walking the walk when it comes to prioritizing the health and wellness of our people. Our office helps people thrive and create the best outcomes for our clients and stakeholders. Calgary, and CBRE, is one of the best places in the world to work.”

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