2022 Forums // Design Spaces for Planet Wellness
Design for Wellness Series
Planet health is inextricably linked to human health- if the planet suffers, so do people. How can we sort through the overwhelming data, and seemingly contradictory- or at least confusing- information around human and planetary wellness?
Join us at the impressive new Mission Bay offices of UBER, as our Moderator, Suzanne Drake (Sr. Designer at Revel), hosts a conversation with panelists to explore this timely topic through different lenses. This presentation will also be available virtually on Zoom.
Appetizers/Cocktails: 4:30-5:30 pm
Forum: 5:30-6:45 pm
Uber HQ Tour: 6:45 -8:00 pm
Suzanne Drake, CID, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP
Revel Architecture & Design
Suzanne’s career has focused on commercial interiors, specializing in creating healthy environments and being the conduit for healthy materials knowledge dissemination. As an interior designer, she draws on over two decades of experience in workplace, health care, and laboratory environments to support client initiatives and sustainability goals. Currently she is leading Revel’s sustainability initiative. She was instrumental in developing the Precautionary List, and has co-authored three installments of the Healthy Environments whitepaper series, including Strategies for Avoiding Flame Retardants in the Built Environment, What’s New (and What’s Not) With PVC, and Understanding Antimicrobial Ingredients in Building Materials. Her book EcoSoul: Save the Planet and Yourself by ReThinking your Everyday Habits was published in 2013.
Halie is passionate about making an impact on the built environment through thoughtful, integrated sustainable solutions. She uses her background and expertise in construction and wellness to help clients reduce their waste, prioritize indoor air quality, and enhance resilience through wellness interventions. With experience on over 1.6M square feet and more than 30 LEED and WELL building certifications for commercial office, education, and government projects, Halie helps clients achieve strategic sustainability and wellness priorities at the asset level and across real estate portfolios. In addition to her work on certifications, Halie has deep knowledge in waste management, health and wellness strategies, and corporate sustainability programs.
Halie is affiliated with CREW SF and USGBC Northern California and was a co-founding member of the Bay Area Sustainable Construction Leaders and USGBC Northern California’s Rising Leaders.
Halie Colbourne, WELL AP, LEED AP ID+C, Fitwel Ambassador
Sustainable Consulting Team
Tracie Kelly, NCIDQ
Director Workplace & Real Estate
Uber HQ Bay Area
Tracie Kelly leads the Bay Area Real Estate portfolio within the Workplace + Real Estate team at Uber, focusing on Operations, Facilities Management, Project Management and Employee Experience. Managing over 1 Million square feet of property and projects, her role at Uber allows her to exercise her passion for
providing healthy, sustainable, financially performing environments which allow people to do their best work. Prior to this role, Tracie held the role of Head of Global Workplace Design at Uber and spent 8 years focusing on Workplace, Government and Hospitality Interiors on a variety of projects. Tracie’s past 10 year experience in the Design community has enabled her to develop a unique
understanding of the relationship between the built environment and productivity, the impact of building relationships and translating insights into developing cross functional teams. In addition to her work accomplishments, Tracie has a passion for understanding what is next for the future of Workplace and discovering new ways of working.
Kriss Kokoefer has a passion for meaningful and achievable sustainability in workplace design. As the fourth owner of Kay Chesterﬁeld Inc., in Oakland, CA, she is dedicated to advancing the company’s role as a national supplier of contract re-upholstery to all sectors of the commercial furniture industry including corporate, healthcare, and hospitality organizations. Clients include Nokia, Kirkland & Ellis, San Francisco Ballet, Oakland Museum of California, Google, St Regis Hotels, Kaiser Permanente, University of San Francisco, and San Francisco International Airport. Kokoefer has more than 20 years of expertise in both contract furniture and architecture-and-design businesses. She recently had the company certiﬁed as a B Corp and a Woman-Owned-Business. She is also a founding member of the National Association of Upholsterers. Kay Chesterﬁeld Inc. was founded in 1921 and was formally recognized in 2018 by The City of Oakland as one of the City’s innovative Small Business Entrepreneurs.
President and Owner
Kay Chesterﬁeld Inc.
Touring the *new* Uber Headquarters
The Uber Mission Bay campus was designed to be a vertical microcity, with its four architecturally unique buildings acting as separate boroughs. The two buildings in our scope, MB1, and MB2 are owned by Uber, with MB2 bearing the company address. Our goal for the design of these buildings was to honor Uber’s vision of a smart city, one that is connected, easily navigable, technology-enabled, and energy-efficient, with integrated green spaces that offer a diverse citizenry reprieve from density.RMW
This year’s Forums theme was Designing for Wellness, a very relative topic in this day and age, especially over the last two years. The word “wellness” has now become very personal, taking on different meanings for different individuals. Our two part forums series focused on the three main pillars of wellness: Mental, Physical, and Planet Wellness. We had an incredible group of panelists and moderators who offered their insight into these topics which led to two great conversations.
Our first forum we addressed the topics of concerns for physical & mental health such as the WFH balance and separation of work/personal; uncertainty around job stability; maintaining social connections with WFH/Hybrid teams; and what will employees look for in a workplace environment upon return to office. The human experience is impacted by the environment they are surrounded in which has changed from just showing up to a desk to wanting to feel wanted and connected to community.
In our second forum, we had a roundhouse discussion on how do we, as designers, manufacturers, contractors, clients ensure that we’re looking at sustainability from a holistic approach for their employees from an environmental impact standpoint and company. Many companies are now working towards obtaining certifications such as LEED, WELL, JUST, B-Corp, and Red List Free.
While this barely skims the surface of both conversations, the takeaway is that if all of us in this industry do not keep these three pillars in mind when talking to our clients, nothing will change. We need to ensure this continues to be a topic of conversation, not an option but a must.