10C — July 24 - August 13, 2020 — Co-Existing with COVID-19 — Owners, Developers & Managers — M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal


Co-Existing with COVID-19

s architects and devel- opers opine on what the future holds for Open-air amenities and enhanced tech — luxury, or new basic necessity for multifamily? The Atlantic’s Atmos Home system sets standard for indoor environments inpost-pandemic apt. buildings A

homes in the post-pandemic world, two key areas of focus include increasing access to the outdoors and enhancing home technology with a focus on resident wellbeing. Even when the mandate of social distancing eventually lifts, the idea of crowded areas such as multifamily property amenity spaces will still raise some concerns. Indoor environments will also be assessed more closely, and there will be an increased focus on high-tech air filtration systems that will

The Atlantic apartments in Center City Philadelphia

Atmos Home, a best-in-class apartment technology system

become a must-have apart - ment feature. Urban residents are already seeking apartment communi- ties with these features, and the demand for move-in-ready buildings (not developments with improved amenities “coming soon”) is rising. The Atlantic apartments in Center City Philadelphia is ahead of the curve, particularly when it comes to outdoor amenities - it already boasts an expansive rooftop deck complete with an outdoor kitchen and dining area; lap pool and hot tub; dog park; and a children’s play and splash area. The Atlantic’s developers, Post Brothers, also installed Atmos Home, a best-in-class apartment technology system, in its apartments in order to give residents full control over the quality of their home - helping them create the best conditions for their physical (and mental) health. Atmos can adjust lighting, environ- mental controls, and even the Lutron-powered window coverings via either a smart- phone or the iPad installed on the wall of each unit. The Atlantic’s fitness center also features an Atmos system in order to continuously filter fresh outdoor air through its facilities. Though this strategy of cre- ating a relaxing oasis centered around individual wellness in the concrete jungle was not new prior to the pandemic, it is absolutely crucial both as it continues and as the country, and the apartment market, moves beyond it. Multifam - ily properties must meet the changing wellness needs of urban renters, amenities that were previously only reserved for luxury properties may soon become a basic essential of post- pandemic city living. MAREJ

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