By Bill Hethcock – Staff Writer, Dallas Business Journal May 1, 2018, 12:02pm
Hall Arts Residences, the 28-story luxury high-rise under construction in the Dallas Arts District, is the first residential development in Texas to register for a relatively new certification designed to promote the health and wellness of occupants, the project’s developer announced Tuesday.
Dallas-based real estate developer Hall Group, in partnership with project architect HKS Inc. and interior designer Emily Summers Design Associates, has registered the building for WELL Multifamily certification.
WELL building standards lay out a performance-based system for measuring and certifying features that impact human health and well-being. It is similar to LEED certification, which focuses on creating cost-saving, green buildings.
WELL, however, merges LEED’s best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research.
The $250 million Hall Arts Residences project under construction on Flora Street was designed to be the healthiest high-rise in Texas when the property opens, developer Craig Hall, chairman of Hall Group, said in prepared remarks.
“A focus on health and wellness has become a key feature of today’s luxury residential developments,” Hall said. “It was important to us to take this a step further at Hall Arts Residences by pursuing WELL certification and designing the most innovative, health-driven environment for our homeowners.”
The Hall Arts tower is comprised of 50 homes and is slated to open in early 2020. Homes start at $2 million and range in size from 1,600 square feet to a more than 10,000-square-foot penthouse.
In its efforts to achieve certification, Hall Arts will incorporate the following into the residences:
Minimization of indoor air pollutants using multilevel air filtration Elimination of building materials containing volatile organic compounds Thick walls that minimize noise transfer between and within homes Sound-reducing membranes in floors Healthy food options and on-site fitness facilities Interior design palettes created to optimize lighting Art designed to activate the mind
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The WELL Building Standard is a key differentiator in today’s luxury residential market, said Eddie Abeyta, Dallas-based HKS’ principal architect.
“At HKS, we’re always seeking out partnerships with developers that understand the value of creating healthy environments and are going beyond the status quo,” he said.
Upon opening, the goal is for Hall Arts Residences to be awarded WELL certification after rigorous testing by the New York-based International WELL Building Institute and a final evaluation by Green Business Certification Inc., which is the third-party certification body for WELL.
In August, Hollywood Proper Residences in Los Angeles became the first residential community project to earn WELL Multifamily Residential certification.
Design elements that helped that project win its WELL designation include performance-enhancing indoor air quality achieved through increased outdoor air and a suite of filtration devices, health-focused building materials, significant daylight access, and performance-verified water quality.
Hollywood Proper Residences provides its residents weekly fitness programming, which includes yoga twice a week, Wednesday boxing boot camp and Saturday morning wellness sessions that occur on the rooftop and include aromatherapy and seasonal smoothies, according to multihousing sector reports.
The Hall Arts second phase, which includes the Hall Arts Hotel and Residences, is currently under construction. It joins the KPMG Plaza at Hall Arts, an office tower that’s more than 90 percent leased.