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What is the WELL Building Standard and Why Design and Construct Well Certified Buildings?

C.D. Smith Construction has experience advancing health and well-being building commercial projects pursuing WELL certification, but what does that mean?


When you think about wellness, you think about personal and family health. Here is the twist. Buildings can also be WELL.

Healthy people in healthy places equals a healthy economy.” – U.S. Green Building Council.

Grande Cheese Corporate Headquarters C.D. Smith Construction builds WELL certified commercial projects & supports WELL Building Standard health + sustainability.

When employees spend up to 80 percent of their workday in a building or students learn in school environments, it makes sense that these surroundings should have standards of wellness too. Medical research supports environments that positively impact overall health and wellness. WELL standards focusing on air quality, water filtration, natural light, comfort, fitness, traffic patterns, and nutrition, all contributing to mind and body wellness.

SSM Health Beaver Dam Clinic C.D. Smith Construction builds WELL certified commercial projects & supports WELL Building Standard health + sustainability.

The way we design and build our communities can potentially improve the quality of life. WELL Building Standard® is a standard of measurement to monitor these features. WELL is managed by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), a public benefit corporation. The mission is to improve wellness.

SSM Health Beaver Dam Clinic C.D. Smith Construction builds WELL certified commercial projects & supports WELL Building Standard health + sustainability.

C.D. Smith Construction has experience with building plans and clients seeking WELL certification. When building WELL, some components that are considered include:

  • Approved ventilation standard must be met
  • Sealed and then cleaned air ducts before occupancy
  • The ventilation system must run during construction
  • Filters need to be replaced before occupancy
  • Carpeting, ceiling tiles, fabrics, and more - should be stored appropriately during preconstruction to avoid absorption of debris and moisture
  • Active work areas should be isolated from inactive areas
  • Walk-off mats in exit and entry points reduce transfer and pollution
  • Dust guards on tools
  • Construction vehicles meet emission standards
  • Loading docks should be located 25 feet away from the air intake
  • Buildings must be air flush on completion

And this is just a slice of the milestones that are required to attain WELL certification.

SSM Health Beaver Dam Clinic C.D. Smith Construction builds WELL certified commercial projects & supports WELL Building Standard health + sustainability.

So why wouldn’t all construction be WELL construction? It takes time, money, education, and experience to build WELL. But as with most good things, they come to those who invest for the long haul and the end payout. Healthy employees, students, and community.

Gundersen St. Joseph's Hospital & Clinics C.D. Smith Construction builds WELL certified commercial projects & supports WELL Building Standard health + sustainability.

“C.D. Smith is committed to holistically enhancing the environment, economics, and social well-being of the communities in which we live, work, and play. Our teams are committed to green and well-building. We can help you understand the financial and business impacts of a sustainable approach to building so you can make the most informed decisions.” Greg Sabel, SVP, C.D. Smith Construction.

Are you considering WELL options for your next build? Visit cdsmith.com/our-sustainability for more information. SSM Health, Beaver Dam, is an example of a WELL-certified clinic built by C.D. Smith Construction.

SSM Health Beaver Dam Clinic C.D. Smith Construction builds WELL certified commercial projects & supports WELL Building Standard health + sustainability.

Date: Apr 6, 2021 | Author: Marc McGuire






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About Us
C.D. Smith Construction is a nationally recognized industry leader in safely providing the highest quality commercial construction services. Utilizing an integrated approach and in-house technical expertise, our team serves as a solutions provider throughout all phases of a project, from planning through closeout. With veteran leadership and dedication to our employees and clients, we proudly place our name on projects of all sizes across the United States.
Sustainable Projects

Our commitment to holistically enhancing the current and future environmental, economic and societal well-being of the communities in which we live, work and play in begins with education. We have a team devoted to understanding the difference between green building and a sustainable built environment. Our team will help you weigh the financial and business impacts of building green, through a sustainable approach, to make the most informed decisions. Join us in our commitment to creating better-performing buildings by increasing sustainable construction practices. It’s more than a trend… it’s the right thing to do!


Recently Certified Projects

LEED Certified Platinum

  • MMSD Maintenance Facility | Madison, WI

LEED Certified Gold

  • C.D. Smith Corporate Headquarters | Fond du Lac, WI
  • Grande Cheese Home Office and Research Center | Fond du Lac, WI
  • Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District tR2E2 Project | Green Bay | WI
  • Spur 16 Apartment Homes |Mequon, WI
  • UW-La Crosse Centennial Hall | La Crosse, WI
  • UW-La Crosse Student Center | La Crosse, WI
  • Zurn Corporate Headquarters | Milwaukee, WI

LEED Certified Silver

  • 7Seventy7 | Milwaukee, WI
  • Spur 16 Townhomes |Mequon, WI
  • Mequon Public Market At Spur 16 |Mequon, WI (Processing)
  • Global Water Center | Milwaukee, WI
  • Viterbo School of Nursing | La Crosse, WI
  • General Mitchell Baggage Claim | Milwaukee, WI
  • Milo C. Huemphner Department of Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic | Green Bay, WI
  • Wilmington Veteran Affairs Medical Center | Wilmington, NC
  • Benjamin Charles Steele Veteran Affairs Clinic | Billings, MT
  • Bangor Veteran Affairs Clinic | Bangor, ME
  • The Lewiston / Auburn Veteran Affairs Clinic | Lewiston, ME


Sustainable Projects Currently Underconstruction

  • Ascent Timber Tower | Milwaukee, WI
  • Nakoosa Trail Fleet/Fire/Radio Shop Facility | Madison, WI


Sustainable Practices

We are proud of the sustainable design and construction that went into our new headquarters. Key sustainable features include:

Powered by Solar

Atop of our new headquarters sits a 94kW ballasted, solar photovoltaic system. The system features five SolarEdge Technologies Inc. inverters and (294) REC Group 320w modules. It is projected to offset an estimated up to 39.1% of our electric energy consumption. That’s saving over 93 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year!

Daylight Harvesting

Floor to ceiling, energy-efficient windows throughout the C.D. Smtih headquarters optimize daylight to reduce energy consumption by offsetting the amount of electricity lightly needed to properly light spaces in the building. 

Automated Building Controls

Tracking and metering of systems allow for decreased operating costs, enhanced system performance, energy savings, increased comfort and overall increased control of building infrastructure. 

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Reusable cups are located in cafes. Recycling Stations are located throughout the building along with bottle filling stations. Office employees are making a valiant effort to go paperless.

Prairie in Progress

As a part of our green initiatives, C.D. Smith is practicing sustainable landscaping. Native planting takes two to three years to develop and requires maintenance for the plants to successfully establish. Maintenance may include mowing, weed management, and prescribed burning. The land surrounding the building will look different throughout the season and every year.


Culture of Safety

Through a proactive safety program, strict standards and our “Think Safe. Work Safe.” campaign, we have built a solid culture where safety is our number one priority day in and day out.

 Go to our website's SAFETY page to learn more about how in everything we do, safety is our number one priority. A video is embedded at the bottom of the page.
Giving Back
Our Community

C.D. Smith supports many local organizations through sponsorship programs and monetary donations in our community and in the communities with which we work. In the past 10 years, we have donated over $4 million to businesses and organizations throughout the state of Wisconsin, from small community clubs to large non-profit organizations.

Building community is the foundation of our organization. By supporting community initiatives, economic growth and development, we feel privileged to help ensure our team members have solid places to live, work, volunteer, serve and play.

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Our self-perform capabilities are a direct result of our talented team members' skilled trade career paths in the communities in which we live and work.

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