Community Amenities

Property Managers, Now is the Time for Built-In Community Spaces

CRE Property Managers 2

According to an article from Allwork, 83% of employees using co-working and other forms of flexible space claim to have benefited from these new work environments over the last 5-10 years. The same article shared that by 2020, 50% of large companies will have some form of shared office space. Dedicating areas for community space in the office is a trend we’ve all been watching as employers realize their success. Preconceived community spaces in commercial real estate buildings that are already built in and ready to go, however, are just beginning to take off as property managers catch on.

Property management has grown tremendously over the past decade. As tenants look toward a more concierge-style experience, serving clients and their exceeding expectations is paramount. Property managers need to create an environment for the human experience to thrive.
— Bisnow

Hospitality considerations for tenants are becoming a necessity for retention. Now that on-the-go, collaborative millennials are moving in, user experience is the key to promoting creativity. Megan Matthews, Mid-Atlantic managing director at commercial real estate advisor JLL, says ten years ago, wellness initiatives like yoga classes, for example, were the sole purview of employers but would have been unheard of in commercial real estate. But as the workplace continues to adapt to the demands of a more experience-seeking generation, property managers will follow suit. CRE property managers, now is the time to focus on using space as a service and building these amenities into the floor plan!

Read more in this excellent Bisnow article. If you are a property manager in search of where to start, reach out to us at Chasing Nirvana Yoga. We offer on-site yoga and wellness classes ideal for any community-serving property.

Musings on Creative Building Amenities from BOMA Roundtable Event

100 Summer Street Group.PNG

Recently, a few members of our team attended the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Roundtable event on creative building amenities, hosted at 100 Summer Street in Boston. We host an on-site yoga and wellness class at 100 Summer Street and were thrilled to be able to attend the panel!

 We left with a number of takeaways on the direction building amenities are heading.

Perhaps most importantly is that to succeed, landlords and employers are realizing it’s less about getting your money’s worth and more about staying competitive in the market. If these professionals don’t start following the trend, they will quickly fall behind.

The trend? It’s all about the amenities you offer! Listen to your tenants and provide the amenities they are looking for. Don’t just survey them – go out and talk to them! You can’t just rely on neighborhood amenities. You need amenities within your property to build your community. You can certainly partner with outside vendors, and you should consider using local vendors for each property you own to give it the appropriate city feel tenants seek.

 Commercial real estate professionals might wonder how they can amenitize without sacrificing real estate. Luckily, there are plenty of ways, such as using vacant space, using conference rooms, refitting old bathrooms into showers for runners and cyclists, and bringing in amenities that have their own trucks, such as food, eye vision, and blood bank trucks.

We learned that from an employee's perspective, perceived workplace building must-haves include the 3 Fs – Food, Fitness, and Fresh Air (aka outdoor spaces). In terms of actual work must-haves, people look for programming, programmable spaces, meeting and networking spaces, casual meeting spaces, an activated lobby, a secure building, coffee, a resilient building, a gym, and a clean, comfortable atmosphere.

We completely agree. Combining these two perspectives, we've seen this in action based on the response to our on-site yoga and wellness classes! It's a great way to encourage community.

Other ideas for unique amenities include pop-up retailers, artists, dental, custom tailoring, Tesla test drives, video games, general games, and partnering with local charities. Millennials in particular are focusing on their health, so health-related amenities, such as on-site fitness centers and yoga classes, are a plus. And always be sure to program for five years out rather than twenty years out. Trends tend to change too quickly for long-term planning, and your tenants will thank you for listening to their immediate needs.

Thanks again for having us! We loved this session!

5 Tips for Newbies Attending Their First On-Site Yoga Class

New Yogi

So, your office is jumping on the wellness train and is offering an on-site yoga class during your lunch break. Or maybe you’re a tenant of an apartment complex, and your landlord or building manager posted a flier advertising a community yoga class, free of charge, right downstairs. The problem is, you’ve never attended a yoga class, and you don’t know your chaturangas from your namastes.

Are you going to skip out? Of course not! You just need a support system to get your head in the game, and don’t worry. We’ve got your back! Here are 5 tips for newbies attending their first on-site yoga class.

1. Wear comfortable clothes.

One of the best parts of yoga is that you’re encouraged to dress comfortably, which is a huge perk if you’ve spent the day in work clothes. Though there are many well-known brands out there, don’t feel like you need to dress in designer yoga clothes to get the full experience! Keep it simple. Wear stretchy pants or shorts (exercise attire is just fine!), and a comfortable shirt that is a bit fitted, since many yoga poses will have you bending at the waist. Most often, yoga is done barefoot, so don’t worry about footwear – but if you’re uncomfortable taking off your shoes in front of strangers, opt for socks with non-slip grips.

2. Bring a water bottle.

If you’re a beginner, yoga can be tricky, and you’ll likely find yourself sweating and out of breath at one point or another. Make sure to bring a water bottle to hydrate yourself if need be! However, try not to overdo it, because if you leave for a bathroom break, you’ll interrupt your flow and may distract other yogis in the room. After class is over, be sure to hydrate plenty. Your body will thank you for it after you exercise it in new ways!

3. Show up with an open mind.

Even if you’re skeptical, always try to show up to your first yoga class with an open mind. You never know what aspects of class you’ll like best! All yoga teachers have a different approach, and if you enjoy your time on the mat, you’ll want to practice with many different instructors to find the best fit for you. Don’t be afraid to try that tricky-looking pose, to modify poses to fit your needs, or to chant “OM” loudly with the group! You’ll never know what works for you unless you try it all!

4. Sit in the middle of the room.

One of the best tips for yoga newbies is to sit somewhere in the middle of the room during your first class. That way you’ll have other yogis in front, behind, and on all sides of you in case you need help understanding the way a pose is supposed to look. Most instructors will walk around the room and offer adjustments and assistance if need be, so don’t worry about sitting right up front. Give yourself plenty of room and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

5. Be kind to yourself.

Above all, be kind to yourself before, during, and after your first yoga class! It can be very intimidating signing up for something new, and you’ve already done a great job by expressing interest. Even the most disciplined yogi is never through with their yoga journey. Yoga is an ongoing practice, and you can’t fail because each person’s practice is their own. Continue showing up to class and you will thrive!

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga classes for employers, landlords, building owners, and every organization in between. To request more information, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.