Zero Commute – Multifamily’s Ecosystem of Work

If you worked here, you'd already be home.

The evolution of work is never ending as society itself evolves, so the places we work unfold from time-to-time in diverse and pleasant ways. We recently saw a marketing slogan that hints at what we mean. It read: “If you worked here, you’d already be home.” Like many of the work-life trends receiving attention, boutique officing found its way into our multifamily designs well before the events of 2020 started to unfold. The evolution from the traditional multifamily Business Center – a couple of offices and a conference room that can be reserved – into individual leasable offices, conferencing, and business lounge, is one of them.

Supporting the Work from Home Crowd

In the Business Center scenario, a resident has to pack up each evening and vacate the office. If working in the home, it might be awkward or unprofessional to have a business guest come up to the apartment. Now, taking the elevator down to a personal office, or meeting casually in the business lounge, or conducting meetings in a conference center, are all options open for the resident. To a large degree, the pandemic merely accelerated trends already on the drawing boards or at the leading edge of urban design. This is just as well, because renters are demanding support for working from home according to Multifamily Executive.

Multiple Choice

Setting a new standard for the downtown office experience, Endeavor’s The Quincy in Austin’s Rainey Street Historic District offers 82,800 SF of Class A commercial office space on three floors. Additionally, a complementary co-working space for residents is located on level 12 that includes its own conferencing center with open-air conference rooms – all within an elegant, fashionable mixed-use tower overlooking Ladybird Lake.

Boutique Officing and Conferencing

JLB’s 99 West Paces in Atlanta’s historic Tuxedo Park neighborhood offers a blend of quality and design. Convenient to everything, this gem also offers its residents the choice of 10 private offices and a co-working space, as well as conference facilities for lease.

Creative Office Spaces

Midway’s Buffalo Heights in Houston’s Midtown submarket redefines city living in a vibrant mixed-use community and offers 35,363 SF of Class A creative commercial office space on three 20-foot-high floors of this grocer-anchored development.

The Value of

Multifamily Mixed-Use Development


Density wins the battle over suburban sprawl

Employee Attraction and Retention

Google understood how walkable, mixed-use environments positively impact recruiting and retaining the best talent when they leased a full floor at Buffalo Heights for the Google Cloud sales team.

Rental Premiums for Each Space Type

In-demand office space in walkable mixed-use developments can generate a 6% to 12% premium according to NAIOP compared to less walkable office space in the same sub-market.

Accelerated Lease-Up

Renters are preferring multifamily mixed-use developments.

Remixing with High Density

Modern buildings increasingly require special expertise because of the complexity of the vertical integrations of the various mixed-use components. Today more than ever, including a mix of uses in new developments to satisfy pent-up demand for walkable, sustainable urban communities is the way forward. We are eager to lend our experience to help improve our built environment.

Projects Featured in this Case Study

Jim Zemski, AIA

About the Author

After tenures with several successful architectural practices, Jim joined Ziegler Cooper in 2004. Adding to an already extensive list of commercial, institutional, residential and hospitality project experience, Jim has played significant roles since joining ZCA on a wide variety of multi-faceted, complex projects. These include high-rise and mid-rise urban residential, as well as high density mixed-use and commercial developments.


As Practice Area Leader, Jim is dedicated to commercial and corporate facility architecture, mixed-use, and commercial redevelopment projects, as well as to providing a valuable link between the Commercial and Residential Practice Area teams within the Urban Architecture Studio.

Jim Zemski, AIA

Senior Principal

Senior Principal

Jim Zemski