BETHESDA, Md., April 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 15, TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, will open the first retail bank location in the United States targeting WELL Certification – Pilot Program, focused on human health and well-being.
The WELL Building Standard™ (WELL) is the first protocol of its kind to focus exclusively on enhancing people's health and wellness through the design and operation of a building. WELL focuses on integrating specific design elements, technologies, and conditions into the architecture and operation of a space with the goal of enhancing the health and well-being of occupants.
WELL is grounded in evidence-based medical research that demonstrates the connection between buildings – where we spend more than 90 percent of our time – and occupants' health and wellness. WELL focuses on seven categories of building performance: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind.
In Bethesda, TD Bank is pursuing both WELL and LEED certification. These complementary programs further the sustainable building movement and demonstrate a commitment to doing what is best for the planet and the community. By implementing WELL retail standard, TD Bank is making health and wellness a priority in their green building design and operation.
"At TD Bank, we take our green commitment seriously; we've opened more than 100 LEED-certified stores, we built the country's first net-zero bank store in Florida, and now, we're opening the first retail bank location in the United States targeting gold WELL Certification," said Michael Rhodes, Head of the Consumer Bank, TD Bank.
The new store at 7628 Old Georgetown Road incorporates more than 65 WELL and LEED features, including:
- Enhanced filtration and cleaning protocols to improve indoor air quality and make it easier for customers and employees to concentrate
- Paints, finishes and cleaning products selected with low environmental impact on indoor air quality
- A water purification system that eliminates typical contaminants and sediment levels found even in drinking water that meets EPA standards.
- Access to daylight, glare control on the windows, and lighting systems that support the body's natural circadian rhythm, psychological health and improve alertness throughout the day
- A green roof, which helps reduce the distribution of dust and dirt throughout the surrounding area, diminishes the production of smog and lessens greenhouse gas emissions.
- A living wall of flowering Virginia Creeper ivy mitigates our impact on the public storm sewer by holding and slowly releasing storm water from our green roof.
"When we designed the store, we focused on ways to reduce stress and increase productivity for employees while enhancing the customer experience," said Martha MacInnis, Design Director, Enterprise Real Estate, TD Bank. "Our numerous WELL features – in addition to our exterior green wall and roof – will deliver a unique customer experience that demonstrates our commitment to sustainability."
Grand Opening Celebrations Scheduled for Saturday, April 16
To celebrate the bank's newest retail location in Bethesda, TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®, will host a grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at 7628 Old Georgetown Road (at Woodmont Avenue).
Entire families – including pets – are invited to participate in the grand opening celebration, which is free and open to the public.
Local charities will be on hand for an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:00 noon:
- Bethesda Arts and Entertainment District
The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District aims to create and implement arts and entertainment projects that contribute to the artistic, cultural and economic growth of downtown Bethesda.
- Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad provides state of the art emergency medical, fire, and rescue services to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area and surrounding Maryland communities. Founded in 1937 as a one-ambulance department operating out of a tiny garage in Upper Northwest Washington, D.C., it has evolved into one of the best-trained, best-equipped rescue squads in the nation.
- Bethesda Green
Bethesda Green focuses on creating a greener, more vibrant community. The organization is creating a ground-breaking model of collaboration to address the many challenges facing the community and serves as a hub with a mission to promote sustainable living practices, build a healthy economy and reduce collective impact on the environment.
In addition, TD Bank will continue the celebration with a second grand opening event in Bethesda that day, at 8101 Wisconsin Avenue (between Highland and Maple Avenues) from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
About TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S., providing more than 8 million customers with a full range of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services at more than 1,200 convenient locations throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Metro D.C., the Carolinas and Florida. In addition, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services through TD Wealth®, and vehicle financing and dealer commercial services through TD Auto Finance. TD Bank is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J. To learn more, visit www.tdbank.com. Find TD Bank on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TDBank and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TDNews_US.
TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America. The Toronto-Dominion Bank trades on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges under the ticker symbol "TD". To learn more, visit www.td.com.
SOURCE TD Bank