Waters said having a transit-friendly location turned out to be another important factor for tenants.
Bicycle and end-of-trip facilities were also a common request for tenants in buildings that lack such amenities, she said.
Meanwhile, parking for cars is becoming less important in Canada’s largest cities.
“For Vancouver, 79 per cent (of respondents) at least occasionally take transit to work, and only 50 per cent — at least — occasionally drive a car,” Waters said. “This is all telling us that the trend toward bikes and having the end-of-trip (facilities) is growing.
“As we grow further with city infrastructure on cycling, we need to be prepared for that.”
Another major request was having food and beverage options in the building, including healthy food choices and other wellness options.
The most recent results are playing a role in the design of Vancouver Centre II. “(We’re) certainly looking at having a restaurant, (or) sit-down options,” Waters said.
Between 48 and 55 per cent of national respondents were interested in taking part in yoga at their building. The highest, at 55 per cent, was in Vancouver, while 52 per cent of downtown Toronto tenants requested yoga.
Overall, Waters said it appears the most sought-after amenity (for buildings that don’t have them) are fitness centres.
“Tenants won’t look at your building if you don’t have fitness,” she said. “That’s a big takeaway.”