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For This New Union Market Office, Wellness Was A Priority From The Start


A rendering of Signal House

Developers have been rushing to upgrade their HVAC systems, install air filtration devices and find new ways to incorporate more fresh air into buildings to keep tenants safe and healthy.

But for some developers, promoting tenant wellness is as simple as following the plans they have had in place for some time.

“Wellness is a critical component of all of our buildings,” said Oliver Carr, CEO of Carr Properties. “We’ve been focused on delivering the best possible environment for our clients, and that means providing top-notch fitness centers, healthy food and beverage options and great air quality, both before, during and after the pandemic.” 

Carr Properties’ newest building is Signal House, a 10-story, 228K SF office building in the heart of Washington D.C.’s Union Market neighborhood. The goal, Carr said, is to create an office building unlike any other in the city, something that would appeal to the creative class, foster a sense of community and, above all else, promote wellness. 

A rendering of the lobby at Signal House

Long before the coronavirus pandemic struck, the plan for Signal House was to install a central Distributed Outside Air HVAC system that provides 100% outside air to the building and can perform daily building flush-outs. This has proven to be especially important in the last few months, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that office building owners increase the circulation of outdoor air as much as possible to help keep airborne viruses at bay.

“The approach of introducing 100% outside air at Signal House represents a best-in-class approach to air quality that few, if any, other office buildings in the D.C. market are offering,” Carr Properties Chief Development Officer Austen Holderness said. “Air quality is important, and studies have suggested that improved air quality leads to improved productivity.”

Other wellness-focused amenities at Signal House include a modern fitness center, 12-foot ceilings and windows to maximize natural light, a bike room with 100 spaces, meditation software and soundproofing in conference rooms, and over 12K SF of outdoor space, including five large terraces and an outdoor rooftop event area. 

A rendering of the fitness center at Signal House

Holderness said that in response to the pandemic, Carr Properties has been working to make Signal House a hands-free building. This means tenants have touchless access to all elevators and major common spaces throughout the building through an app on their phone. The developers also added UV lights to clean the air, temperature screeners in the lobby and improved air filtration systems.

He added that the building will achieve LEED Gold, Fitwel certification and a Well Health Safety Rating for its green, sustainable practices. One example is the solar array on the roof that will generate 63 megawatt hours of electricity annually. Other amenities include gender-inclusive locker rooms and rooftop honey beehives, which will help increase the local bee population.    

Carr said the company chose to build Signal House in the Union Market area because he believes in the vitality of the neighborhood and that it has the potential to be as successful at attracting commercial tenants as other new D.C. office hubs, like The Wharf.  

Even during uncertain times, the Washington, D.C., office market is showing signs of strength. The metro area ranked No. 1 on CBRE’s list of cities with the most office tech leasing activity in Q2 2020, with tech office leasing in the region growing by 55% compared to Q2 2019.

A rendering of the rooftop bar at Signal House

Holderness believes that the heart of the city is moving east and that the younger workforce is looking for more opportunities in areas like Union Market. 

Signal House, he said, is perfectly situated for companies looking to attract a younger talent pool, due to the building’s unique amenities and its location. Signal House is a few steps from numerous local hot spots including Union Market, La Cosecha, Cotton & Reed distillery, Ian McCabe Studio, St. Anselm, Coconut Club and more.

“Our amenities were designed to foster a connection between our customers and this dynamic community,” Holderness said. “There’s a rooftop catering kitchen and bar to partner with neighborhood chefs for events, the street-level retail will flow into the lobby, and we’re working with a local artist to design art for the building soffits. If you want to engage with the creative workers who are flocking to this neighborhood, this is the building for you.” 

This feature was produced in collaboration between the Bisnow Branded Content Studio and Carr Properties. Bisnow news staff was not involved in the production of this content.

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Retail prices of pulses and edible oil go up | Pune News


Pune: Retail prices of most grocery items, such as pulses and edible oil, have gone up in the city in the past few days.
The retailers attributed the rise to factors such as increase in public demand, despite the restaurants remaining shut since March, and supply shortage in the wake of heavy rain in parts of Maharashtra, including Latur, Jalgaon and Akola. Retailers said heavy rain had destroyed the crops in some parts of the state and country.
For instance, chana dal, which was being sold for around Rs70 per kg last week, now costs around Rs80 per kg. Similarly, the edible oil prices have gone up to Rs120/litre from last week’s Rs110/litre. The retail price of tur dal also witnessed a marginal rise, with the pulse now being sold at Rs100/kg from earlier Rs95/kg.
The price rise, the retailers said, came at a time when all restaurants were shut, except for takeaway and home delivery. “Chana dal has been going off the shelves pretty fast in last few months, especially due to the increased household demand. Another reason could be widespread use of this pulse in the food kits donated during the Covid-19 outbreak. Given that it is one of the cheapest pulses available, people are buying chana dal more. Our firm alone had sent out almost 3 lakh such foodgrain kits across India in the past few months,” Dhaval Shah, director of Jairaj Group in Gultekdi wholesale market, Pune, said.
“The heavy rain had destroyed crops, which triggered the shortage of good quality chana dal in the market,” he said.
Kaushal Sankla, a distributor of grocery staples and edible oils to wholesalers in Market Yard and other locations, said, “Retail price of one of the most sold edible oils in Pune rose from Rs110 per litre to Rs120 per litre within barely a week. Maximum oil supplies come from Ukraine and Russia in crude form. Oil is refined in India after imported. Almost 25% sunflower crop in two countries were damaged due to inclement weather and rain, causing surge in price of oil.”
Hanuman Unecha, a wholesaler in Market Yard, said, “A 15-litre can of edible oil is now sold at Rs1,730 in wholesale market as against Rs1,560 in recent past,” he said.

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New salon specialising in curly hair opens in Glasgow’s south side


A new hair salon aimed for people with curly hair is set to open on Victoria Road.

Cùrlach, pronounced ‘cur-lock’, is Gaelic for Curly and will specialise in making the most of each person’s unique natural hair texture.

The salon will also offer ungendered prices, meaning a hair cut will be the same for both men, women, and non-binary people.

Cùrlach aim to provide their hairdressing services in an eco-friendly, non-judgemental, inclusive environment.

Having worked all over the world, stylists Emma and Rochelle have taken inspiration from around the globe to bring a tranquil, low-toxic, forward thinking space back to their home in Glasgow’s south side.

It also offers ungendered prices for services.

Emma told Glasgow Live: “Using exclusively PETA approved eco-conscious products, we are also a proud member of the Green Salon Collective – allowing us to recycle materials such as metal foil and hair, which usually end up in landfill.

Emma added: “We will be working with local community organisations to make sure our services are accessible to everyone.”

The salon opens officially on October 6th.

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