Phoenix offices are gearing up to reopen, and office owners are preparing to safely welcome employees back to the workplace. This includes creating safe and clean spaces—as many owners have already done throughout the pandemic—as well as preparing amenity spaces to safely return to some appearance of normalcy. Arcadia Management Group has been focused on preparing office assets to meet the pandemic's needs at 3550 N. Central office tower in Phoenix's Central Corridor.

"Building owners are focused on keeping spaces clean and safe while ramping up the amenities that attract both full- and part-time returning workers. At 3550, we recently constructed a hospitality suite for our tenants with food and drink, games, private conference rooms, and a gorgeous rooftop deck. We have a great Italian restaurant, Alexi's, on site and Elev8te fitness is downstairs," Gary Shaw, president of Arcadia Management Group, tells "These common areas offer fun experiences and a sense of community that has been missing for the last year. We are seeing that community slowly start to come back at 3550 and all over Phoenix."

Arcadia has also focused on necessary upgrades to enhance the safety of the property. "The pandemic has fast-tracked many upgrades that were already very viable additions to commercial properties, and that would be popular with or without COVID," says Shaw. "For example, the air purifying systems that many of our clients have installed will always be a good idea. Same with the hand sanitizer stations near high-touch point areas like elevators and lobby doors. Properties that have these amenity advantages will be more marketable than ever."

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.