JASPER, IN., March 2, 2022 — Kimball International announces that its Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles showrooms have earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI). As one of the first furniture manufacturers to have multiple corporate showrooms certified, this designation marks an important achievement and visible commitment to supporting the heath of individuals that visit their showroom spaces. This milestone signifies Kimball International’s efforts to prepare for re-entry in a post-COVID environment, instilling confidence in occupants and the broader community.
The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party verified rating for all new and existing building and space types. It focuses on operational policies and sanitization procedures, maintenance protocols, air and water quality, stakeholder engagement, and emergency plans to address a post-COVID-19 environment, now and into the future. Designed to empower large and small businesses alike to take the necessary steps in order to prioritize health and safety, the WELL Health-Safety Rating instills confidence in those who visit the showrooms, as well as the broader community. By prioritizing the health of their staff, visitors, and stakeholders, Kimball International can proudly display this rating in all six of their corporate showrooms.
“The pandemic has highlighted the critical role that buildings, and those that operate and manage them, play in supporting health, safety, and well-being,” said Andrea Rohleder, WELL AP and Marketing Manager for Kimball International. “Transmission of COVID-19 has been found to largely occur in indoor and enclosed environments, so it’s more important than ever to ensure our facilities are safe and welcoming. We are thrilled to be one of only a few furniture manufacturers that can proudly declare that all of our corporate showrooms are WELL Health-Safety Rated. This rare distinction proves our commitment to our partners and employees, as well as our dedication to overall wellness.”
“This is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Rachel Hodgdon, President and CEO of The International WELL Building Institute. “I want to congratulate and thank Kimball International for their significant contributions toward better buildings, more vibrant communities, and stronger organizations.”
About Kimball International
Kimball International is a leading omnichannel commercial furnishings company with deep expertise in the Workplace, Health, and Hospitality markets. We combine our bold entrepreneurial spirit, a history of craftsmanship, and today’s design driven thinking alongside a commitment to our culture of caring and lasting connections with our customers, shareholders, employees, and communities. For over 70 years, our brands have seized opportunities to customize solutions into personalized experiences, turning ordinary spaces into meaningful places. Our family of brands includes Kimball, National, Etc., Interwoven, Kimball Hospitality, D’style, and Poppin. Kimball International is based in Jasper, Indiana.
About WELL Health-Safety Rating
The WELL Health-Safety Rating provides a centralized source and governing body to validate efforts made by owners and operators. It leverages insights drawn from the IWBI Task Force on COVID-19, in addition to guidance on the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), global disease control and prevention centers and emergency management agencies, as well as recognized standard-making associations such as ASTM International and ASHRAE, and leading academic and research institutions, as well as core principles already established by IWBI’s WELL Building Standard, the premier framework for advancing health in buildings and spaces of all kinds.