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Perkins+Will’s Design of SRAM HQ Gets Top Honors for Health and Active Design

The new Chicago headquarters of bicycle parts manufacturer SRAM, designed by Perkins+Will, was honored with an Excellence Award from the Center for Active Design (CfAD). The Excellence award recognizes outstanding, innovative workplace design from around the world that promotes and fosters health.

A distinguished panel of five independent jurors—including former New York City Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs and former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Design and Construction David Burney—selected SRAM and 11 other projects based on their potential to serve as transformative catalysts in health-based design and research. A critical criterion for each winning project was a holistic understanding of health that includes physical, mental, social, and civic wellbeing.

The 72,000-square-foot SRAM headquarters in Chicago’s Fulton Market District “supports a fun, active, high-performance environment, which connects employees and reinforces SRAM’s unique office culture,” CfAD said. Thanks to Perkins+Will’s innovative idea for a 1/8-mile bicycle test track winding through the office space, along with an on-site bike storage facility, a bike wash station, bike mounts, locker rooms, a laundry room, and showers, the SRAM office “caters to the staff’s already robust bike commuting habits.” Additionally, the office offers ample natural light, encourages movement among staff via strategically placed communal spaces, provides height-adjustable desks for all employees, and allows access to fresh air on an outdoor terrace.

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The Center for Active Design: Excellence award comes on the heels of the launch of Fitwel, a new rating system for healthier workplaces developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), and administered by CfAD. Perkins+Will is the first company in the world to adopt Fitwel, having committed to certifying all of its North American offices to the standard by 2017.