01 May In Search of WELLness: Markon WELL Assessor Visit Completed

WELL assessor visit–check!

Markon is one step closer to achieving WELL Certification for our headquarters expansion. If you’re unfamiliar with WELL, it’s a relatively new certification that maximizes a work space by focusing on how a human being interacts in the built environment.

We registered the project in February 2016, at the very early days of the design phase. It took until the next February to complete all the required documentation. Last month, we were very happy to hear that our documentation passed review and that we were on to the next step. In April, we conducted a few internal audits to ensure that all of the spot checks would pass. For the most part, these internal audits produced only a few action items to ensure that the space was ready for the assessors.

We were assigned two assessors and the process took a full day. The day before the assessment took place, we received two large coolers and one box with the supplies that the assessors would use. The assessors arrived on-site with a very large suitcase of equipment and supplies. The tests included multiple outdoor air samples, indoor air samples, drinking water and hand washing water samples, light measurements, spot checks, collecting formaldehyde, and sound measurements. It was an intense day! Thank you to Sonali Bhasin, our assessor from the project assignment, and Katie Link, who was our assessor for the day.

We look forward to sharing the next steps and results as soon as they are available. In the meantime, if you are interested in hearing more about WELL Certification, the process, the benefits, or the business case, please contact Ray Carney, WELL AP.


Ray Carney, WELL AP

Ray Carney is Vice President of Operations and oversees the development of Markon’s corporate infrastructure to support growth. He also leads the Commercial Portfolio for Markon Solutions including all new and existing non-government clients. His responsibilities include client satisfaction, market maturity, and developing new opportunities. Mr. Carney’s areas of expertise include leadership, sustainable design, workplace strategy and modification, design thinking, data centers, and creating secure environments. Since joining Markon in 2007, Mr. Carney has successfully delivered design and construction projects for multiple government agencies including the DIA, ODNI, CIA, FBI, DoD, and DOJ. For example, Mr. Carney provided cradle-to-grave project management support for the successful design and build of secure facilities. He received his MBA with a concentration in Leadership and Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in Management with a concentration in Business Technology from John Carroll University. Mr. Carney is a Project Management Institute (PMI)-certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Six-Sigma certified Yellow Belt, a certified SCRUMMaster, a LEED Green Associate, a Sun Certified Java Programmer, and holds both ITIL v3 Foundations and Quality Management certifications.