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Millennial Workspace: Coffee, Bike Racks and Pets


NEW ORLEANS – Today’s workplace strategy not only includes design, technology and change management – but bike racks, spaces for pets, expansive break areas and wellbeing centers.

“At the end of the day, coffee is king and people want to be around that coffee shop vibe that helps foster the human connection,” joked Manuel Navarro, senior associate and design director, at Houston-based Ziegler Cooper Architects’ Austin office.

So are bike storage areas, he told attendees at the 50th annual National Association of Real Estate Editors real estate journalism conference in New Orleans this week.

“To millennials, bike storage a big thing,” Navarro explained. “Millennials don’t only want what the landlord supplies, but a dedicated bike storage area on their floor.”

Animals at work are becoming an increasingly popular item. Navarro said one building allows 12 dogs per floor.

Today’s real estate developers are catering to the sector of the population everyone else is:  millennials.  That means few – if any – offices, smaller area to work, more open area, and additional well being amenities, says Kim Rousseau, principal, director of interior design at Atlanta’s Cooper Carry.

“Technology companies need scrum space, where everyone can work together every day, then space where they can go away and do work, and then come together again,” she explained. “It’s important for the space to be open and accessible.  A lot of companies want the raw and industrial feel, but sometimes that is more expensive than new, conventional space.”