WKU Healthy Campus Initiative
Provide a healthy campus culture for optimal health that leads to personal and professional growth and enriches the quality of life for faculty, staff and family members.
WKU serves as a national model for a healthy community where faculty, staff and family members, in partnership with the institution, realize an optimal state of health and well-being. This vision relates the goal for WELL Certification at the Ogden College Hall. The project incorporates all of the ten WELL concepts including: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community.
Ogden College Hall is under consideration for official certification as a "Well Building" from the International Well Building Institute™.
Well buildings are certified based on the building's adherence to the following criteria:
Intent: The WELL Air concept aims to ensure high levels of indoor air quality across a building’s lifetime through diverse strategies that include source elimination or reduction, active and passive building design and operation strategies and human behavior interventions.
Intent: The WELL Water concept covers aspects of the quality, distribution and control of liquid water in a building. It includes features that address the availability and contaminant thresholds of drinking water, as well as features targeting the management of water to avoid damage to building materials and environmental conditions.
Intent: The WELL Nourishment concept requires the availability of fruits and vegetables and nutritional transparency and encourages the creation of food environments where the healthiest choice is the easiest choice.
Intent: The WELL Light concept promotes exposure to light and aims to create lighting environments that are optimal for visual, mental and biological health.
Intent: The WELL Sound concept aims to bolster occupant health and well-being through the identification and mitigation of acoustical comfort parameters that shape occupant experiences in the built environment.
Intent: The WELL Materials concept aims to reduce human exposure to hazardous building material ingredients through the restriction or elimination of compounds or products known to be toxic and the promotion of safer replacements. Compounds known to be hazardous to the health of occupational workers and/or known to bioaccumulate or aggregate in the environment are also restricted and in some instances not permitted.
Intent: The WELL Movement concept promotes movement, physical activity and active living and discourages sedentary behaviors through environmental design strategies, programs and policies.
Intent: The WELL Thermal Comfort concept aims to promote human productivity and ensure a maximum level of thermal comfort among all building users through improved HVAC system design and control and by meeting individual thermal preferences.
Intent: The WELL Mind concept promotes mental health through policy, program and design strategies that seek to address the diverse factors that influence cognitive and emotional well-being.
Intent: The WELL Community concept aims to support access to essential healthcare, workplace health promotion and accommodations for new parents while establishing an inclusive, integrated community through social equity, civic engagement and accessible design.