Philadelphia, the Arborcrest 5 recently completed a
major renovation that's transformed it into a Class
A building. The goal, says Coughlin, who worked on
the redesign, was to raise the bar and create something that stood out.
There was also a need for more of a feeling of
community and connectivity, a job that partly falls
onto the new lobby.
"A lot of people can be in this lobby and feel like
they can work there, socialize there and they have
their own sense of space," Coughlin says.
The lobby's new full-service cafe plays a major
role in that. There, tenants and visitors can find hot-pressed sandwiches, coffee and an employee behind
the counter all day. There's also a separate grab-and-go station, as well as healthy food options.
2) Outdoor Connections Tenants can only spend so many hours indoors before they need a break, a literal breath of fresh air.
Creating stronger connections between your
building and the outdoors can be an attractive amenity for tenants. This can include adding outdoor
tables or seating, a courtyard or garden and sufficient walkways and pathways from your building to
the surrounding area.
At the Arborcrest 5 building, sidewalks and
pedestrian pathways allow tenants and employees
to use their lunch break to go for a walk, run or even
venture to a nearby retail shop.
"The biggest thing is to get outside and have it be
a pleasant environment, so I'm not walking across
a parking lot, but I have a sidewalk with trees that's
To be a top commercial office building in today's world, it takes more than some vending machines and a gym. Tenants want more – oftentimes a
one-stop destination for things like food, fitness and
wellness. So when considering amenity upgrades at
your building or facility, think about creating an experience.
"It's really about services, creating the ability for
folks to get everything they need during the day in
these spaces," says Lauren Coughlin, design director
and workplace strategist for D2 Groups LLC.
That doesn't mean your building needs to become
some kind of entertainment center. However, adding
simple upgrades like a café, outdoor seating or hiring
food trucks for events or lunch can create common
spaces that tenants and their employees want to be in
rather than pass through.
"Building owners obviously want to attract tenants,"
says Callie Reid, senior designer at CallisonRTKL.
"And the employers currently in that building want to
attract and retain talent. Their employees are spending so many hours in this building, and the more amenities that are in the building and surrounding area,
the more likely their employees are happy and are
going to stay."
So where do you make the upgrades that fit your
After identifying what your goals are, consider these
five trending amenities.
1) Full-Service Cafe In order for your building to stay competitive, some type of food amenity is a must-have. In suburban
AMENITIES AT THE ARBORCREST 5 BUILDING IN PHILADELPHIA include
a cafe with a grab-and-go station, lounge seating and a fitness center
with garage doors that open to an outdoor basketball court.
The Amenities Tenants Want Right Now
A look at five trending amenities, from full-service cafes to event spaces