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NAI Hiffman Secures WELL Health-Safety Rating for 15-Building Portfolio

NAI Hiffman has secured the WELL Health-Safety Rating for 15 office buildings under its management. Fourteen of the properties are located in Chicago’s suburbs in Illinois and Indiana – reportedly the highest number of certifications secured by a single management firm in the region – while the other is located in Cincinnati.

“The WELL Health-Safety Rating is critical to return-to-workplace strategies because it helps reassure building occupants that the appropriate steps have been taken to reduce the risk of transmitting not only COVID-19, but also other infectious diseases,” said Carrie Szarzynski, director of management services for NAI Hiffman. 

“Moreover, studies suggest WELL certification has positive long-term impacts on the building as an asset,” Szarzynski continued. “A 10-year study by Bentall Kennedy found it could lead to a 3.7% increase in rents, 6% increase in tenant retention, 5-10% increase in occupancy and 8-10% increase in overall asset value.”

Pictured: Bannockburn Corporate Center.


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NAI Hiffman’s Szarzynski

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