Menno Haven building receives WELL certification

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The lobby area of the new Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center in Chambersburg, Pa. The building has been certified to the gold level by the International WELL Building Institute.

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Menno Haven Rehabilitation Center in Chambersburg has been WELL certified to the gold level by the International WELL Building Institute.

This certification is awarded to projects that are built with the framework in mind to help improve health and well-being for everyone who visits, works in or experiences the building.

The WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the building that impact human health and wellbeing through air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.

A few examples of elements included in the building to achieve this certification are UV lamps throughout the HVAC system, whole-building water filters, elimination of pesticides and herbicides, abundant natural light and a lighting system designed to match the human body’s circadian rhythms.

“I am proud to reveal that our project is the first skilled nursing project worldwide to receive this certification,” Menno Haven CEO Hugh Davis said in a news release.

The center, which was completed in 2018, has been built with health in mind.

Davis described the center as being unlike any in the region.

“This building has allowed us to better serve individuals who need short-term care,” he said. “Whether that be someone recovering from a surgery, an illness, or an accident, they will recover here and then return home.”

Menno Haven partnered with RDG Planning and Design on the project.

Deanna Beins, the center’s administrator, said, “We put a lot of thought into the design to provide the best recovery atmosphere possible. It has been great to see how our guests have benefited from our planning efforts.”

The center is part of Menno Haven’s five-year strategic plan known as Project GENESIS which will include replacing the original 1964 nursing home, a Resident Life Center, Memory Care Houses and new independent living cottages.