ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Securian Financial’s headquarters building at 400 Robert Street North in downtown St. Paul is the first in Minnesota to be certified by Fitwel as a building that supports healthier lifestyles.
Developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and run by the Center for Active Design, the Fitwel certification recognizes work communities, inside and outside the building, that support employees’ physical, mental and social health. Securian Financial earned the certification earlier this summer after a robust examination of the building, employee resources and the company’s participation in its downtown neighborhood.
“With the largest private sector workforce in downtown St. Paul, it’s important to us that we also have one of the healthiest workplaces,” said Julio Fesser, Securian Financial’s vice president of facilities services. “We’ve made many recent investments in our spaces, particularly in the 400 Building, including a new state-of-the art cafeteria with expanded healthy offerings, fully adjustable sit-to-stand desks, and collaboration spaces and expanded wireless coverage to give our employees multiple options for where to work—which further promotes at-work mobility.”
Securian Financial’s headquarters is on bike and bus lines, and employees have quick access to nearby parks. Even in winter, it is easy for employees to be active, thanks to downtown St. Paul’s skyways.
“These are all elements that demonstrate our commitment to a healthy, vibrant work environment,” said Fesser. “We appreciate our efforts being recognized by Fitwel and the Center for Active Design.”
The Fitwel certification is valid for three years. Securian Financial is also working on completing the certification process for its other headquarters building, located at 401 Robert Street North, for 2020.
About Fitwel and the Center for Active Design
Named one of Fast Company's 2017 Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Social Good, Fitwel is the world’s leading certification system that optimizes buildings to support health. Generated by expert analysis of over 5,000 academic research studies, Fitwel is implementing a vision for a healthier future where all buildings and communities are enhanced to strengthen health and well-being. Since 2017, Fitwel has impacted 663,000+ individuals through 240+ certified and pending projects, with 2,300 global users. Fitwel was created by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. General Services Administration, with the Center for Active Design, a global not-for-profit organization, selected as the licensed operator of Fitwel in 2016, with the mandate to expand Fitwel globally to the private sector.
About Securian Financial
At Securian Financial, we’re here for family. And we’re here because of it. We’re guided by our purpose: helping customers build secure tomorrows. Since 1880, we’ve been building a uniquely diversified company that has outlasted economic ups and downs while staying true to our customers. We’re committed to the markets we serve, providing insurance, investment and retirement solutions that give families the confidence to focus on what’s truly valuable: banking memories with those who matter most.