Navy Pier in Chicago

The Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) announced that 63 new facilities have achieved GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation, including Navy Pier in Chicago; McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas; TD Garden in Boston; Port of Portland in Portland, Ore.; and hotels around the world.

“The world needs cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response,” said GBAC Executive Director Patricia Olinger. “GBAC STAR ensures just that to protect public health and safety and make facilities as clean as possible.”

Built in 1916 for shipping and recreational purposes, Navy Pier is now one of the most-visited destinations in the world. Known as the “People’s Pier,” it attracts more than 9 million visitors to its cultural venues, retail stores, and restaurants each year. In 2016, as part of its Centennial Vision, the pier was redeveloped to offer new enhancements, dining options, and design features.

In addition to heavily trafficked destinations like Navy Pier, GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation is also well-suited for smaller facilities such as restaurants, retail shops, and small businesses. Its adaptability to facilities of all sizes and types makes the performance-based program sought after around the world.

Some of the facilities that earned GBAC STAR accreditation are:


McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas

Oakland International Airport-Port of Oakland in Oakland, California

Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia

Stadiums And Arenas

Delaware North Company-TD Garden in Boston, home of the NBA’s Boston Celtics and the NHL’s Boston Bruins

FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, home of the NFL’s Cleveland Browns

Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets

“GBAC STAR has helped facilities reopen safely and remain operational during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said ISSA Executive Director John Barrett. “By creating safer and cleaner environments, these organizations are able to protect their employees, customers, and visitors while also supporting the bottom line during these difficult times.”