U.S. Steel Tower WELL Health-Safety Rating
The 64-floor U.S. Steel Tower in the heart of Downtown Pittsburgh has undergone a series of progressive building performance and sustainability improvements by Winthrop Management, with guidance from evolveEA since 2013. Our team had previously been helping the tower’s anchor tenant, UPMC Health Plan, achieve LEED for Commercial Interiors certifications for over one million square feet of offices when Winthrop engaged us in their own collaborative efforts to make the building’s core and shell more energy efficient. This latest achievement validates the U.S. Steel Tower as a healthy indoor environment where evidence-based measures to address the health, safety, and well-being of occupants have been adopted and third-party verified through the WELL Health-Safety Seal.
After achieving BOMA 360 certification and three consecutive years of Energy Star certification (2016 – 2018), Winthrop worked with evolveEA to achieve a LEED V4 Silver Certification under the Operations + Maintenance (O+M): Existing Buildings rating system. The new WELL Health-Safety Seal further ensures that environmental efforts and building operations and maintenance focus on the health of the people who visit and work in the U.S. Steel Tower.
The WELL Health-Safety Rating provides a centralized source and governing body to validate efforts made by owners and operators. It leverages insights drawn from the IWBI Task Force on COVID-19, in addition to guidance on the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), global disease control and prevention centers and emergency management agencies, as well as recognized standard-making associations such as ASTM International and ASHRAE, and leading academic and research institutions, as well as core principles already established by IWBI’s WELL Building Standard, the premier framework for advancing health in buildings and spaces of all kinds.