Tenants seek new amenities

The surveys used to focus on elements such as building noise, cleanliness and general operations, said Wendy Waters, vice-president of research services and strategy, GWLRA.

“For the last three surveys, maybe four, we’ve been adding on additional questions to better understand how office users are thinking about their space (and) using their space,” she told RENX in an interview.

She said the results are helping to future-proof their existing buildings and improve the designs and amenities for future buildings, such as Vancouver Centre II, GWLRA’s 370,000-square foot office tower under construction with partners in downtown Vancouver.

“Maybe in the past an employer (has) been able to ignore some of those needs of their workers in their space, but not anymore,” she said, noting that Vancouver’s low unemployment rate is putting more power into the hands of prospective workers.