SPP CEO James Nozar (above) The development includes dedicated spaces for fi tness and wellness activities (below)
Now we’re talking about pedestrians as the most important members of the street community with traffic and not particularly pedestrian friendly, the heat means it can be uncomfortable to walk around and sit outside, and it’s not known for its healthy food options. However, the developers of Water Street Tampa – Strategic Property Partners (SPP), a joint venture co-led by Jeffrey Vinik, owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning ice hockey team – are looking to change that with this ambitious project. Since joining Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative to make a commitment towards integrating wellness and sustainability into the project, SPP has teamed up with the International WELL Building Institute™. IWBI™ delivers the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™) that focuses on a range of factors that affect our health, including water quality, nourishment, light, fitness and peace of mind. This collaboration, and the vision for Water Street Tampa, has led to the creation of the WELL Community Standard™ – a district scale companion to WELL. There are many individual buildings designated with WELL Certification, but Water Street Tampa is aiming to be the world’s first WELL Certified™ community. “When our team first learned about the idea of WELL and the impact it can have on improving the lives of the people through the built environment, we were tremendously inspired,” says SPP chief executive James Nozar.
“Throughout our planning process for Water Street Tampa, we’ve challenged ourselves to rethink how to implement the best practices in wellness and sustainability, within the buildings themselves and in the public realm. We’re planning for a holistic approach to wellness, including having a supermarket for access to healthy food, water bottle refilling stations, and wide sidewalks.” The goal is to create a walkable, connected neighbourhood that promotes fitness, nutrition, mood, performance, sleep and comfort for residents and visitors. The design will focus on better air and water quality, sustainable construction using non toxic materials, access to healthy foods, abundant green space and routes that prioritise pedestrian and cyclist comfort. SPP will invest specifically in health-related technology and design that will promote wellness, exercise and clean living that meets the WELL Community certification.
PUBLIC SPACES A range of public spaces are woven throughout the Water Street Tampa district, and these were a key design focus for the team, says Nozar. “We’ve given a tremendous amount of thought to how these spaces will be experienced – how we will make it easy and inviting to walk throughout the broader neighbourhood, how we will make it comfortable to dine outdoors year-round, and
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