PORTLAND, Ore. (February 3, 2021) – The Rose Quarter announced today it has earned the WELL Health-Safety Rating through the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) – the first building based in Oregon to achieve the rating. The WELL Health-Safety Rating is an evidence-based, third-party-verified rating for all new and existing building and space types focusing on operational policies, maintenance protocols, stakeholder engagement and emergency plans to address public health concerns now and help organizations be better prepared for future crises. The achievement includes the Rose Quarter’s three properties: Moda Center, Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the Annex offices.
Designed to empower owners and operators across large and small businesses alike to take the necessary steps in order to prioritize the health and safety of their staff, visitors and stakeholders, the WELL Health-Safety Rating can help guide users in preparing their spaces for re-entry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, instilling confidence in those who come through the building as well as the broader community.
The Rose Quarter Campus is the first WELL Health-Safety Rating enrollment based in Oregon and is the first to achieve the rating. Twenty-five sports and entertainment venues across the country have enrolled in the WELL Health-Safety Rating, with 13 of those venues achieving the rating nationwide.
“Health and safety are our number one priority for our players, staff, artists and ultimately the return of our fans to the Rose Quarter,” said Chris McGowan, President & CEO of the Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter. “The WELL Health-Safety Rating is a massive accomplishment in providing an extremely safe environment for anyone who steps through our doors. We are committed to following the IWBI’s guidelines, as well as many other arena safety improvements, in hopes of welcoming fans back safely to our arenas soon.”
In order to achieve WELL Health-Safety Rating, the Rose Quarter has implemented features such as improved cleaning practices, select preferred cleaning products, monitoring air and water quality and much more. Additionally, the Rose Quarter is now a smoke-free campus to minimize fan exposure to secondhand smoke, reduce smoke pollution and maintain proper social distancing.
“We have been evaluating every inch of our arenas to make safety improvements in anticipation of welcoming fans back to the Rose Quarter,” “said Amanda Mann, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Rose Quarter Operations. “The WELL Health-Safety Rating designation is one big step of many to make the Rose Quarter as safe as it can be for our fans, staff, tours and athletes now and into the future.”
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 and provides guidance on the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections developed by the World Health Organization (WHO), 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. This includes core principles already established by IWBI’s WELL Building Standard, the premier framework for advancing health in buildings and spaces of all kinds.
“The pandemic has underscored how critically important it is to prioritize health and safety in the spaces where we gather,” said IWBI Chief Commercial Officer Jessica Cooper. “By achieving the WELL Health-Safety Rating, the Rose Quarter has demonstrated incredible leadership in directly supporting the health, safety and overall well-being of guests, staff, and all who visit the campus.”
ABOUT THE ROSE QUARTER
Established in 1995, the Rose Quarter is a 30-acre sports and entertainment district located on the east bank of the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon. The region is highlighted by two multi-purpose arenas, the 19,393-seat Moda Center and 12,888-seat Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Together, the venues serve as homes to the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, WHL’s Portland Winterhawks and a wide variety of concerts, family shows and other events. Founded in 1970 and purchased by the late Paul G. Allen in 1988, the Trail Blazers are the foremost resident of the Moda Center after winning the 1977 NBA Championship at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Widely known for its innovative approaches to sustainability and environmental practices, Moda Center is the first existing arena to earn LEED Platinum Certification in 2019 after receiving LEED Gold Recertification in 2015 and becoming the first existing professional sports venue in the world to receive LEED Gold status in 2010. The Rose Quarter also includes a large commons area, annex office building, four parking garages, signature restaurant and bar Dr. Jack’s, and easy access to the city’s robust public transportation system. For more information and a list of upcoming events, visit rosequarter.com.