Coworking operators are making adjustments to their spaces in an effort to meet evolving demand from companies returning to the office.
Since the start of the pandemic, operators started incorporating new technologies and designs in order to accommodate new expectations. For instance, many of these operators invested into HVAC systems to improve air quality, as well as sanitation systems to keep occupants safe and healthy.
Now, as the threat of the pandemic begins to slightly subside, users are looking for new accommodations focused on getting people back into the office.
For instance, Sarah McCann, real estate strategy associate at architecture and workplace strategy consulting firm Vocon, said that the company is seeing tenant-driven changes to coworking space clients. She added that these operators are eager to make changes in part due to the growing amount of sublease space.
Some of the specific demands that McCann noted was a need for more meeting spaces, as well as technology that makes the office run more efficiently.
Additionally, operators are looking to incorporate more hospitality into their spaces to create a more user-friendly experience. Although this idea didn’t derive from the pandemic, the past year has accelerated the desire for it.