By Mary Cook, Mary Cook Associates
As a commercial interiors firm, a question we hear a lot recently is “Are multifamily developers renovating amenities because of the pandemic?” The answer is a bit more nuanced than a straight “yes” or “no.”
No, entire amenity floors are not being ripped out and re-thought in direct response to changes stemming from the pandemic. But yes, long-term lifestyle trends are emerging from the pandemic that should be a factor when redesigning amenity spaces for other reasons — whether they aren’t resonating with residents as anticipated, or simply look a bit outdated. After all, the key to creating successful, appealing amenities is understanding the attitudes and preferences of the residents that will use them.
With that in mind, here are four priorities owners and operators should focus on when renovating amenities in a post-COVID world:
Early in the pandemic, the ability to open to the outdoors was the No. 1 factor that allowed indoor amenities to continue functioning. One year later and access to open-air amenities is still a top feature, according to Rent Café. And it’s easy to see why.
People behave differently outside,…