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Journey to WELL
Milliken & Company has a long history of combining science with design,
offering insights in creating specialty chemicals, floor covering, and
performance materials for interior design applications. Through research
and innovation efforts in chemistry and material science, Milliken has
been granted more than 2,500 U.S. patents and more than 5,500 patents
worldwide for its products and materials, including flame-resistant textiles
and plastic antioxidants that can improve indoor air quality.
Milliken’s latest chemistry challenge? Creating an innovative space for
its celebrated commercial design showroom at Chicago’s theMART, and
receiving the first WELL Platinum project certification in the Windy City.
The reasoning for Milliken was simple.
“We wanted to show how our materials can help meet important standards
and put wellness into real-life action by working with the International WELL
Building Institute (IWBI),” says Milliken Floor Covering Strategic Sustainability
Leader Philip Ivey. “Certifying our Chicago showroom at theMART was a
natural next step for Milliken to better understand the WELL Building Standard
and how to implement it. It provided us the opportunity to share our learnings
along the way with our customers.”
The process wasn’t an easy one. According to Ivey, obtaining Platinum
at theMART was not the company’s original intent, due to the stringent
requirements for Platinum and a six-month period to complete the certification
before NeoCon in early June. Using the WELL Retail pilot standard allowed
Milliken to achieve all required “Preconditions,” plus 80 percent of the
“Optimizations.” Chemistry and material science expertise gave Milliken
the edge it needed to receive the highest achievement possible from IWBI.
“We originally planned to try for a Gold-level certification. But, as we got into
the project, we realized we had the potential to get certified at a Platinum
level due to these changes,” explains Ivey. “This was accomplished by
achieving most of the material-related credits, working closely with the
landlord, and being creative where we could be.”
Milliken & Company achieved
WELL Platinum certification for its
showroom at theMART in Chicago,
noting its commitment to embracing
wellness from the top down.
(Image: Milliken & Company)
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