- By Brian Kilen
Mayo Clinic and Delos®, the Pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, Announce Agreement to Establish the WELL Living Lab
Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation Collaborates with Delos® to open first of its kind lab devoted to health and wellness in the built environment
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Delos®, the Pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, and the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation today announced their agreement to design, build and operate the newly formed WELL Living Lab — a multidisciplinary lab that will be uniquely focused on the interaction between health, wellness and the built environment. Set to debut in April 2015 adjacent to Mayo Clinic’s Rochester campus in downtown Rochester, the WELL Living Lab will be the first lab exclusively committed to research, development and testing of both new and existing innovations designed to improve the health and well-being of individuals as they live and work within built environments.
An open-innovation ecosystem for healthy living, the WELL Living Lab will simulate realistic living and working environments, including homes, offices, schools, communities and hotels in order to test, monitor and identify the efficacy of wellness-based interventions. The lab will incorporate state-of-the-art technology and unique design elements that will create a dynamic, versatile and highly adaptable environment, allowing for a wide range of simulated real-world conditions. Delos® and Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation will co-govern the lab, which will be staffed by Mayo Clinic personnel, along with members of the Delos® team.
“The new WELL Living Lab provides us with an unparalleled opportunity to work with one of the world’s leading medical institutions to drive new, groundbreaking research in the fields of health and well-being,” says Delos® founder Paul Scialla. “As an engine for discovering and introducing health and wellness innovations to the industry, the lab will be a sought-after resource for companies all over the world to bring their ideas, products and technologies to be tested and researched.”
The lab will utilize the WELL Building Standard® as the foundation for testing, research and development pertaining to the improvement of health and wellness through evidence-based interventions. Pioneered by Delos® in 2012, administered by the International WELL Building Institute and third-party certified through the Green Building Certification Institute, the WELL Building Standard is informed by seven categories — Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort and Mind.
“Delos® has a remarkable vision of how environments can help people optimize their health and well-being. We are excited to partner with Delos® in extending our capacity to create health for people where they live and work,” says Douglas Wood, M.D., a Mayo Clinic cardiologist and medical director, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.
Upon completion, the WELL Living Lab will work on a diverse range of activities including case studies and projects that include product and technology evaluations, testing, development and improvement, as well as sponsored research and protocol testing.
Founded in 2007, Delos® has pioneered the concept of Wellness Real Estate™, merging human and environmental sustainability to create homes, offices, schools and other built environments that optimize residents’ health and enhance their quality of life. Delos® has spent over five years researching, developing and collaborating with leading medical institutions and researchers, architects, engineers and wellness thought-leaders to create groundbreaking healthy designs, features and technologies that passively deliver medical interventions through the built environment. Some of Delos®’ recently completed projects include CBRE’s new Global Headquarters in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., which was completed in November 2013 and designed with more than 50 health and wellness features, and 66 East 11th Street, which is a six-unit condominium building in New York City’s Greenwich Village and the world’s first wellness residences.
As the pioneer of Wellness Real Estate™, Delos® is transforming our homes, offices, schools, and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design and construction decisions. Delos® helps create spaces that actively contribute to human health, performance and wellbeing by marrying the best innovations in technology, health, science, and real estate. The Delos® platform includes programming, consulting, research, and an array of innovative, built-in amenities that research suggests may improve occupant well-being. More information on Delos® is available at http://www.delosliving.com.
About Mayo Clinic
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