Architect says cafés, gyms and roof decks are now office must-haves

To Tom Vecchione, managing principal at architecture and design firm Vocon, office tenants now all seem to want outdoor space, even in older buildings constructed long before the Covid-19 pandemic made corporate terraces and roof decks a near necessity.

So, Vecchione is doing his best to add them. That means opening up facades with sliding doors, making setbacks load-bearing and adding elevators that travel to roof decks.

“They aren’t spaces built for use,” he said. “It becomes a technical issue and challenging. It costs money. But you end up with creative spaces.”

Vecchione said he has added outdoor areas to about 30 office buildings during the past two years, compared

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