HDR Forms Alliance with Delos to Advance Health and Wellness Goals

HDR has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Delos™, a wellness real estate technology firm, to advance health and wellness innovations and outcomes-driven design in the built environment. The organisations have agreed to collaborate toward rigorous applied research and further development of strategies to integrate wellness as a primary goal in built environment design.

The HDR and Delos alliance aims to develop practical methodologies to systematically integrate health and wellness goals very early in the design process, and to measure results rigorously over time to inform ongoing improvement. Initial design areas of focus will include access to daylight, acoustical environment, access to views, and impacts of spatial decisions on workplace outcomes including collaboration and productivity. Delos is the pioneer of the WELL Building Standard™, which is administered by its subsidiary the International Well Building Institute™ (IWBI™).

“This alliance continues our commitment to elevating human-centred strategies and incorporating them early in the design process, which underscores our belief that sustainability is about changing values, culture and processes,” said Colin Rohlfing, HDR’s director of sustainable development, architecture. “We believe that architects and designers play critical roles as practitioners of wellness, and that the research that comes from this alliance will provide important metrics to demonstrate the positive outcomes that designing for wellness can have on building occupants.”

Delos founder and CEO Paul Scialla said, “HDR, already deeply invested in research which seeks to codify the impacts of healthy building design on occupant heath and performance, is an obvious and exciting partner for us.  We look forward to joining forces with their offices around the world to accelerate the adoption of healthy, well buildings.”

Rohlfing added that the agreement further strengthens the firm’s previous commitments, including endorsing the Architecture 2030 Challenge to achieve dramatic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and endorsing the use of the Health Product Declaration Open Standard, which requires manufacturers to adhere to transparency guidelines regarding the chemical composition of the products they supply.

About HDR

For over a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans more than 10,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future. For more information, please visit   

About Delos


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 centre of design and construction decisions. Delos formed the International WELL Building Institute which delivers the WELL Building Standard that helps create spaces that contribute to human health, performance and well-being by marrying the best innovations in technology, health, science and real estate. The Delos platform includes programming, consulting, research, and an array of innovative products and technologies that research suggests may improve occupant well-being. More information is available at

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