Experience The WELL
The WELL offers guided tours to large groups, small groups, and individuals. We do provided tours on a walk-in basis, however, we recommend prescheduling your tour to avoid a long waiting period. Tours typically last between 5 - 15 minutes. Individuals on a tour must stay with the group the entire time, and are not authorized to use equipment or take photos inside the facility.
The WELL provides large tours to school groups, clubs, organizations, and campus visitors. Each tour guide can accomodate 25 individuals per tour. If your group has more than 25 people we will separate them into groups. Please indicate the size and demographic (children, teenagers, college students, or adults) of your group. We request large tours to be scheduled at least one week in advance.
Schedule a Large Tour
A small tour is classified as between 1 - 10 individuals. Small tours provide a more intimate experience, and allow patrons to ask details questions. Small tours are available to potential students, alumni, affiliates, current students, and campus visitors. Please indicate the size and demographic (children, teenagers, college students, or adults) of your group. We request small tours to be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.
Schedule a Small Tour
Groups interested in learning about the WELL's LEED certification can schedual a specalized tour. The Well is a LEED Green Building project. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is governed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
There are several levels of LEED certification that a project can achieve: Basic, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. These certifications are based on a point system for meeting environmental goals in new construction of a building. The Well has earned Gold Certification with 41 points in the following categories: Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Innovation and Process, and Sustainable Sites.Please indicate the size and demographic (children, teenagers, college students, or adults) of your group, as well as the requested time length of your tour. We request specialized tours to be scheduled at least one week in advance.
Schedule a Specialized Tour
Items you will see on your tour include:
- Sunflower Seed Wall Panels
The gym box interior contains “sunflower seed” wall panels, a green product made from agricultural
waste. Use of these panels reduces waste and saves trees.
- Windows and Foiltech Skylight
Multiple windows and skylights throughout the facility allow for daytime use without need for artificial lighting.
The WELL lobby has a Foiltech skylight, just like the Water Cube at the Beijing Olympics. It is comprised of a composite foil material that is inflated to give it is mass and strength. The little metal circles are called fritting which is what changes how the light enters the space. In this case, this skylight has a shade/no-shade option which will inflate the pillow to let more light in by moving the frit further apart. To let less light in, the air is let out of the pillow which brings the fritting closer together, creating more shade.
The WELL has large fans from the Big Ass Fans company and measure 10 feet in diameter. These fans were added during construction. There are 10 big ass fans in the building which replaced 28 normal ceiling fans, for energy savings.
- Terrazzo Floor
The unique green chips in the floor is made up of recycled Heineken bottles that were crushed and put into the mix.
- Building Orientation
The WELL facility is oriented in a North-South direction, so the main entrances which contain all of the glass are not exposed to direct sun. This helps with energy management because the building will not have to work as hard to keep it cool in the summer and there was no need for use of special glass to keep the glare down from people being exposed to direct sunlight.
- Paint and Carpet
These interior building products were selected with no or low emissions of volatile organic compounds, and during construction the builders kept dust and fume production to a minimum to protect indoor air quality at the time and in the future.
Seventy percent (70%) of the wood utilized in The WELL is certified as sustainably harvested by the Forest Stewardship Council. This means that the ecological health of the forest from which the trees were taken is protected during wood harvesting. The wood is not from clear-cutting or other destructive forestry practices. A wonderful example of sustainably-sourced wood in The WELL is the exposed slats located beneath the lobby sky light. In all, 25% of the construction materials used to construct The WELL are from recycled materials.
- Overall Environemntal Footprint
In terms of overall environmental footprint, the building is projected to use:
- 23% Less Energy than a typical new building
- 43% Less Water than a typical new building
- 25% Recycled content materials used in construction
- 82% Total waste was diverted from going to a landfill
- 70% Sustainably harvested wood was purchased for construction