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Stepping into a New Normal: Redefining the Future of our Cities

Conference area at Gensler demonstrating physical distancing with clear signageWe’ve now reached 2+ months of working from home and have settled—as best as possible—into a new routine that revolves around juggling family, colleagues, and clients, while maintaining our personal health and well-being 24/7. That’s a lot. Some of us may be embracing this new work style while others are still overwhelmed by the daily challenges. But what’s top of mind for us all is what’s looming ahead. What will our new normal look like when our stay-at-home restrictions are lifted and more importantly, what changes can we expect to stick?

There has been much speculation and publication around what we could see when we return to the office. There will undoubtedly be the anticipated ongoing requirements of continuing to practice frequent hand washing and safe distancing. Health screenings for body temperature and the need to wear face masks in public places will become part of our routine. Physical changes to the work environment such as greater space between workstations, one-way traffic flow and limited occupancy of meeting rooms and elevators will also be necessary to maintain a safe space. We are all becoming more familiar with general changes that will certainly be in force on day one. The real question is, which of these changes and other modifications will be part of the workplace going forward, even after the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 has subsided?

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NAIOPWA Flash Poll Results: As Tenants Struggle, Property Owners Reach Out in Support 

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Poll Results: As Tenants Struggle, Property Owners Reach Out in Support 
"We will do what it takes for the tenants to survive. Their success is our success."

SEATTLE - On April 16 and 17, NAIOPWA circulated our first “flash poll” to the region’s commercial real estate community, including members and the community at large. Over two days, 54 professionals representing property owners and developers responded to the survey, providing 119 total responses across seven asset types: office, industrial, retail, multifamily, hospitality, mixed-use, and healthcare. 

Poll results represent a snapshot of the current state of the industry, which relies on a diverse business environment that abruptly narrowed in early March. As we might expect, rent/lease payments were down in April and are expected to drop further next month. But regional CRE owners and property managers are clearly united in creative and proactive solutions to keep tenants in their properties.


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SBA Loan Program Intended to Help Businesses Cover Rent Costs During COVID-19 Crisis Begins April 3

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Beginning April 3, small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) are eligible for forgivable SBA loans under a provision in the CARES Act passed by Congress and signed into law to address the growing COVID-19 crisis. Primarily intended for businesses to retain employees during the crisis, certain provisions in the program would allow for borrowers to use some of the funds to cover monthly expenses like mortgage interest, rent, and utilities to help stay afloat. NAIOP has compiled a list of resources to help small businesses and other stakeholders navigate the program. 

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Executive Order: Construction Guidance Released on Washington State's "Stay Home, Stay Safe" Order

NAIOP, along with AGC, requested clarification on Governor Inslee's recent “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order as it relates to construction activities. The newly released Construction Guidance Memo is online.

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NAIOPWA Requests Extension on Implementation of State Construction Code | MFTE Task Force

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In support of our 1,000+ association members, the commercial real estate business industry and the community at large, NAIOP Washington State has submitted an official request to Governor Jay Inslee and to the State Building Code Council requesting a 6-month delay in implementation of new building codes, to January 1, 2021.

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