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How to Put the Work in Live-Work

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Digested from Multifamily Executive

More people are working from home. Here’s how the apartment industry is adjusting.

A recent survey by Gallup reveals that 43 percent of Americans did at least some work from home in 2016. 

As Multifamily Executive Contributing Editor Joe Bousquin reports, apartment developers recognize this trend.

While taking a tour, J.J. Abraham, California Division President at Lennar Multifamily Communities (LMC) noticed that residents in a community in Los Gatos, Calif., were huddled around wall jacks, according to Bousquin. That led to a new idea.

“The result is the firm’s STLT (pronounced “satellite”) office ­spaces within its buildings, where residents can use private rooms for conference calls and meetings, print out color documents and plug into mounted screens and TVs to work on a presentation,” Bousquin writes. “Through a proprietary app, similar to a co-work office membership, an LMC resident renting in Seattle can fly on business to Orange County, ­Calif., and reserve office space to be available when she gets there.”

But what about lunch break? Apartment owners are even thinking about that, according Bousquin. Kristen Gucwa, Vice President at Tampa, Fla.–based Richman Signature Properties, says her company places fully functional kitchens next to workspaces so the residents don’t need to head back to their apartments for food.

Multifamily Executive’s Kayla Devon follows up Bousquin’s story by talking to Bob Fox, founder of Work Design Magazine and FOX Architects about how apartment management and development companies can incorporate workspaces into their communities. One of the big keys is having meeting rooms where residents can have business consultations.

“Fox recommends equipping rooms with technology so residents can host video or phone conference calls or display a slide show to a potential client,” Devon writes. “A reservation system will also give residents peace of mind when scheduling a meeting, knowing they can ensure that a spot will be open when they need it, instead of looking unprepared when they can’t find an open room just as the meeting is about to start.”

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