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Amenities have always been an important part of the mix for office buildings. Here’s why: A 2019 Cushman & Wakefield study of 250-plus office buildings in North America showed that highly-amenitized buildings had an 18.3% rent premium compared to the surrounding submarket prior to the onset of COVID-19. The premium was even more substantial in the central business districts of gateway markets (+21.6%).

COVID-19, though, has turned this equation on its head as employees work from home and many are likely to want to continue some form of flex work schedules once the pandemic ends.

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