Wellworth Focuses on Better Work Environments for Small Businesses and Independent Workers
The old Woolworth building in downtown St. Paul is transitioning to Class A office space and rebranding as The 428. The five-story, 60,000 square-foot building, located at Minnesota Street and 7th Place East, recently announced its top-floor tenant, Wellworth, a co-working space designed from the ground up to support wellness and productivity for members. St. Paul-based developer, Commercial Real Estate Services, is leading the project which is scheduled to open in July 2018.
“Half of America’s workforce is expected to be independent workers by 2020 and that doesn’t account for small businesses, all looking for a work environment that will help them thrive,” said Pat Wolf, owner, Commercial Real Estate Services. “Creating space for people to collaborate and build a community, while giving them a sound sense of wellness allows for endless innovation, collaboration and productivity.”
Wellworth will offer approximately 7,200 square feet of indoor co-working space including individual workstations and collaboration space as well as beautiful rooftop patios. The space will have floor-to-ceiling windows and 360 degrees of natural light.
Members will have access to a private outdoor co-working patio, open-air social gathering areas and a wellness room. The building hopes to have a fitness studio in the lower level and will offer showers and yoga and fitness classes on the roof when weather permits.
Wellworth is located in the heart of downtown St. Paul, within walking distance of restaurants, sporting events, a grocery store and other attractions. It offers skyway-access to parking garages, bike storage, proximity to light-rail transit and a stop on a major bus lines.
Wellworth will offer multiple membership options ranging from month-to-month freelance options to private office space. There will be space to accommodate up to 120 members at any given time.
Commercial Real Estate Services is working with the Minneapolis office of HDR, Inc. as the architect for the base building and general contractor McGough Construction. The interior architect for Wellworth is Gensler.
First to LEED and WELL
The 428 is the first building in Minnesota to seek both WELL Core and Shell and LEED Silver certification. WELL certification identifies seven key features that improve personal health and well-being: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. To meet WELL Core and Shell certification, The 428, including Wellworth, will focus on enhancements such as filtered recirculated air, filtered water at all fountains, kitchenettes and showers, natural light management and bicycle storage to name a few.
LEED Silver certification focuses on building practices that are environmentally sustainable by efficiently using resources during design, construction and operation. As part of that effort, 88.53% of The 428’s construction materials are recycled.
The intersection of co-working and wellness
Wellworth will incorporate wellness and environmental considerations in construction and design to create an environment that helps decrease stress, improve health and increase productivity.
In addition to the amenities workers have come to expect in co-working spaces, Wellworth will provide features that focus on improving the well-being of its members. Wellworth will offer branded amenities called Wellements, which will include healthy snacks, chair massage, an indoor water feature and a botanical green wall. A study done by the University of Technology, Sydney, in 2010 found that plants in a workplace can reduce tension and anxiety by 37%, depression by 58% and fatigue by 38%.
“Co-working continues to accelerate employee expectations as well as bringing new opportunities for corporate real estate,” said Cassandra Griep, design director at Gensler Minneapolis. “The trend is taking shape in new markets such as St. Paul. Wellworth is leading by bringing options for individuals and groups as to how they will work with a focus in wellness in the work environment – a direct response to the concerns of today’s working generations.”
Wellworth also will be equipped with the expected amenities of a co-working space, including conference rooms with HDTV monitors, high-speed internet, stand-up desks, mail lockers and more.
Playing on its history
The Wellworth name pays homage to the previous tenant, the 1950s Woolworth store, while speaking to its focus on offering a wellness-focused environment and community.
Developers are working to honor the rich history of the building while creating space designed for modern day innovation, collaboration and business growth. The developers also plan to incorporate features from the past into the building including signage, fixtures and hope to keep Woolworth’s lunch counter on the building’s ground floor.
To learn more about Wellworth, visit www.WellworthCoWork.com or call 612-326-7682 to find out about membership options.
If you’re interested in learning more about leasing options for The 428, call 651-290-8890 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.