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designed for pedestrians," says
David McHenry, principal at Erdy
McHenry Architecture, who conducted the build-out of Arborcrest
5. "I can walk side-by-side with
Coughlin adds that Arborcrest 5
also has a fitness center with garage
doors that open up to a basketball
court. "A lot of the intent of this
building was to maximize the use
and connection of the outdoors as
much as possible," she says.
3) Wellness Rooms There are other ways to incor- porate health-driven components
into your building besides the
standard gym or fitness center.
Designers are increasingly seeing
requests for workplace wellness
rooms, a space that can be interpreted in a multitude of ways.
It might be a place for yoga and
meditation. It could be a maternity
room for mothers of newborns
to pump. It might also just be a
"A lot of times, there will be a
couple of comfy chairs where people can go in and relax," says Dean
Stier, design and marketing expert
at National Business Furniture.
"Oftentimes these rooms can have
a posting on the door that says if
it's occupied or not, so you have
a little bit of privacy and are able
to go there and catch a breath, lie
down if you need to."
4) Break Room Upgrade Once thought of as a boring, institutional space with a coffee
machine, break rooms are now
experiencing a renaissance. Stier
describes them as the "central nervous system of the office."
"It's where people come together
and share ideas and spontaneous
discussion happens," he adds. "It's
a really important part in the office
that needs more attention and a bit
If a break room remodel sounds
like the right place for an upgraded
amenity in your facility, adding
cheerier colors and more modern
break room furniture like tables
and chairs is a good place to start.
A fully operational cafe may not
be in the cards for your facility, but
adding healthy food options in the
break room is an accessible step
toward a happier and healthier
building. Stier says a company that
provides healthy snacks replaced
the candy in his office's vending
"It's small things like that where
5) Event Space
people can go and easily grab
something, instead of having to
go out somewhere and buy it and
bring it back," Stier says. "It's those
little things I think that can help
the connectivity between employ-
ees and creates more collaboration
Another amenity that has
become increasingly attractive to
tenants is a dedicated event space.
This can be incorporated in the
lobby or even your rooftop. Reid
says transforming a rooftop into
an event space is ideal – especially
with the included "wow" factor.
In Washington, D.C., Reid
helped design the rooftop event
space of a historical building
with a view of the Washington
Monument. It incorporates both
indoor and outdoor spaces and
provides plenty of shading outdoors to fend off the heat.
Ask Tenants for Feedback
If you're not sure where to start
when adding a new amenity, consider going directly to the source.
Reid says that when a bagel shop
closed inside her office building,
the management team reached out
to its tenants.
"We got an email from the building owner, and he asked, 'What
would you like to see come down-stairs?'" she says. "It was nice that
they were asking us for input." B
Sarah Kloepple sarah.kloepple
@ buildings.com is a staff writer
BREAK ROOM UPGRADES can include adding cheerier colors and
more modern tables and chairs.