“The Road to WELL, Pain Free!” was presented at the A’18 MN Conference on November 13, 2018. The program was recorded and is now being made available through AIA Minnesota as an on-demand webinar.

Seminar description

This program provides a broad overview of the growing focus on health and wellness in the built environment, and how that led to the development of the WELL Building Standard. Learn about the feature concepts of WELL along with a sampling of the preconditions and optimizations to understand what it takes to get through the process. Panelists will share tips, resources, and lessons learned from their experience with WELL projects. The program will also explain how the WELL Crosswalks feature helps reduce doubled-up efforts for projects that are pursuing more than one type of certification. 

Presenters are Julie Esch, senior business development manager, Mortenson Construction; Jennifer Kruse, sustainability coordinator, McGough Construction Co., Inc.; Jacklyn Ostertag, interior designer, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.; and Nicole Vance, AIA, VP and director of sustainability, ESG Architects.

Learning objectives

1. Explain the basic tenets of the wellness movement and learn concepts and strategies that can be employed. 

2. Describe how the revisions to the WELL certification process continue to make it easier and cheaper to attain. 

3. Identify resources, both online and locally, that enhance the process of building a WELL Certified project. 

4. Examine the cross connections between WELL, LEED v4, and Fitwel. 


AIA members $50
Non-members $65

Continuing education credit

This program has been approved for 1.5 HSW LU Hours for AIA; and based on our review, should also qualify for Professional Development Hours for Minnesota licensing.


  • Complete registration and payment
  • You will then receive a confirmation email with the link and password to access the webinar 
  • View the 1.5 hour webinar and then complete the 10-question quiz (must score 80% or above for credit)
  • Within 48 business hours you will receive a certificate of completion and credits will be recorded to AIA member transcripts


Contact Deanna Christiansen, Continuing Education Director.