Wellness in 2018: Community and Inclusion Drive Well-Being

By Robert Atkinson and Anne Tudryn, IIDA, LEED AP

 March 29, 2018

New Opportunities Push the Boundaries for Wellness

ServiceMaster Innovation Center in Memphis, TN. Photo © Katie Bricker Photography

On a holistic scale, in Irvine, CA, IA’s renovation and repositioning of a 15-acre urban campus, dubbed INTERSECT, integrates a wellness strategy and design into the physical infrastructure. On the premise that a community of like-minded tenants with shared values will empower one another, the goal was to attract health-focused businesses that could play a significant role in the campus’s success. Among others, tenants include a natural supplement developer working with the emerging science of MentaBiotics, a fitness company that will brand the extensive indoor/outdoor fitness center, and a restaurant group to occupy both office and restaurant space, providing organic food options using produce from the campus’s sustainable urban garden.

INTERSECT Campus, Irvine, CA. Photo © Benny Chan / Fotoworks

With wellness at its core, the site shares many characteristics of today’s co-working spaces. Community, fitness, and healthy nourishment are touchstones of the tenant experience. A bike-share program and walking trail, game pavilion, and other amenities keep tenants and guests interacting and on the move. A shaded dining deck, picnic tables—even a beer garden with video screen and fire pit—offer choices for dining, social events, and relaxing. In an effort to engage with the adjacent community, an area for farmers-market stalls/food trucks is integrated into the planning of the campus.

INTERSECT Campus, Irvine, CA. Photo © Benny Chan / Fotoworks

Both INTERSECT and the SVM Innovation Center create a sense of inclusive community intended to nurture a happier, healthier, and more creative environment, while inspiring the loyalty critical for retaining and attracting talent in current competitive markets. Where people thrive, fully accepted and among friends, they want to stay.




Robert Atkinson
Project Manager & Associate

Project Manager and Associate Robert Atkinson has 20 years of experience in the design industry, working on projects around the globe in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. Based in IA’s London office, recent projects include Bacardi’s London headquarters and Sapphire Systems’ London headquarters. Robert is an Environmental Scientist and has written several posts on wellness. 

Anne Tudryn, IIDA, LEED AP

Intermediate Designer

Intermediate Designer Anne Tudryn is based in IA’s Boston office. She holds a Master of Design Studies, Sustainable Design, from Boston Architectural College, is a member of IIDA and NKBA, and is LEED AP certified. Since joining, IA she has worked on a variety of projects primarily for confidential clients.




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