HAPO Community Credit Union and Momentum Celebrate World’s First WELL Certified™ Credit Union Branch
SEATTLE, WA (January 16, 2019) — Momentum, a national plan-design-build firm, joined HAPO Community Credit Union in celebrating their new flagship branch in Vancouver, WA achieving WELL Certified™ Silver.
The regional branch is designed to meet the WELL Building Standard, a building certification that focuses on the wellness of the staff and members using the facility. This is the first credit union facility in the world to achieve WELL certification, and second in Washington State of any project type.
“We are proud to bring the first WELL Certified credit union office in the world to our Vancouver members, and we look forward to increasing health and wellness in every community we serve,” said Steve Anderson, President and CEO of HAPO Community Credit Union.
The WELL Building Standard takes a holistic approach to wellness, and to become certified nearly every element of the building’s design, construction, and operation must take the health and wellbeing of its occupants into consideration.
HAPO and Momentum chose the following WELL-based attributes to help improve building occupants’ heath and positively contribute to social impacts:
Fresh outdoor air is incorporated into the building’s HVAC system, while volatile organic compounds and other pollutants were virtually eliminated through filtration, choice of materials, and a carefully controlled construction process.
Interior lighting that matches the color and intensity of outdoor light improves circadian rhythms, while direct sunlight provided by a northern orientation and skylighting throughout the building improves the occupants’ mental clarity, energy, and mood.
A high-end filtration system ensures that the building’s water is healthy to drink and free of sediments, pathogens, and pesticide or herbicide residues.
All offices are furnished with height adjustable desks that offer variable positions to accommodate the healthy posture and movement of members and staff, while acoustic designs limit the stress and distraction of unwanted noise.
HAPO has an activity based incentive program for all employees to support fitness and work-life balance. The credit union provides gym subsidies and onsite fitness classes.
HAPO provides healthful eating programs and nutritious snacks for employees, while design choices in eating and bathroom areas minimize the spread of bacteria to maintain a clean and healthy environment.
Patterns of nature are incorporated throughout the building to instill a sense of biophilia, reducing stress and enhancing clarity of though. These patterns can be seen in the living walls, honeycomb-shaped acoustic paneling and light fixtures, exposed cross laminated timber system, and other nature-inspired textures and materials.
“The WELL Building Standard represents the next level of wellness oriented design and construction,” said Jim Haack, President of Momentum. “HAPO is very focused on supporting their staff and members, and we’re excited to have partnered with them on this elevated investment in the communities HAPO serves.”
Momentum is a strategic design-build partner that takes a people-centric approach to helping credit unions and community banks thrive.
The way we see it, a building cannot be successful unless it’s truly meeting the needs of the people who will use it. We start by fully understanding your business goals so we can design and build for your employees, your customers. We use powerful predictive data to zero in on how to best serve the people who live and work in your neighborhoods, and we help uncover the right technologies to connect your employees with colleagues and customers. We collaborate with you every step of the way using a unique integrated process and open communication style, so all stakeholders can move forward with confidence. We deliver brand-inspired buildings that strengthen connections and reflect their communities, where people love to work and visit.
People are the reason we do what we do, and high-performing buildings are the outcome.