Covid-19 has led to a boom in the commercial lab real estate market

If you work at Twitter (TWTR), you might be able to work from home “forever.” You also have a pretty good chance of sitting in your home office permanently if you work for Facebook (FB) where CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he expects half the social network’s staff to be remote within the next five to 10 years


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But, if you’re working in a lab developing a Covid vaccine, you’re still going into the office. 

“You can’t do life sciences from a remote location. You can’t do experimenting in your kitchen or your living room like many people can in the office world, “ Adam Sichol Managing Partner at Longfellow Real Estate Partners told Yahoo Finance.

While many tech companies have been right-sizing their real estate needs during the coronavirus pandemic — take Pinterest (PINS) which paid nearly $90 million to get out of a San Francisco lease — real estate firm CBRE reported last fall that total commercial laboratory space has grown by 12{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} in 2020 to 95 million square feet. Another 11 million square feet is currently under construction.

“We’ve seen a rise in demand for life science

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COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030 Featuring IKEA, Ashley Furniture, Leggett & Pl

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Household Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Global Market Report 2021: COVID-19 Impact and Recovery to 2030” report has been added to’s offering.

The global household furniture and kitchen cabinet market is expected to grow from $282. 56 billion in 2020 to $343.7 billion in 2021 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.6{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c}. The growth is mainly due to the companies rearranging their operations and recovering from the COVID-19 impact, which had earlier led to restrictive containment measures involving social distancing, remote working, and the closure of commercial activities that resulted in operational challenges. The market is expected to reach $426.97 billion in 2025 at a CAGR of 6{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c}.

Major companies in the household furniture and kitchen cabinet market include IKEA AB; Ashley Furniture Industries Inc; Leggett & Platt Incorporated; La-Z-Boy Incorporated and Man Wah Holdings Limited.

The household furniture and kitchen cabinet market consists of sales of household furniture and kitchen cabinets by entities (organizations, sole traders and partnerships) that produce household furniture including furniture for kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms. This market includes built-in kitchen cabinets. The household furniture and kitchen cabinet is segmented into household furniture and kitchen cabinet.

Asia Pacific was the largest

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Demand grows for inner-city gardening plots as Covid-19 pandemic ravages U.K.

It may be a small plot in Osterley, west London, but it has provided Karen Peck’s kitchen with row upon row of cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, fava beans and garlic.

But Peck, 60, gets far more out of her allotment than just fresh food.

“It’s so tranquil. I have a favorite robin who comes to visit, then the blackbird turns up, and there are wrens in the corner,” Peck said in a telephone interview late last year. “You appreciate the birdsong and the tiny little brown mice, hedgehogs, urban foxes.”

Karen Peck on her allotment in west London.

The connection with nature had been especially nice during the coronavirus pandemic, she said.

Allotments — small pockets of urban land sectioned off for city residents to grow fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers — were once common in British cities, particularly at the height of World War II.

As German U-boats laid waste to supply ships crossing the Atlantic Ocean, Britons were urged to grow their own food, and the “Dig for Victory” campaign was embraced with vigor.

By 1945, well over a 1 million allotments were supplementing peoples’ meager wartime rations.

That changed in the decades that followed, when the urgent need

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Commercial real estate managers prepare for the post COVID-19 era with a.Lot Parking Solutions

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Badly hit parking industry to recover by using smart, touchless and fully digital technologies by a.lot Parking.

SEATTLE, Feb. 01, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Changing parking behavior due to COVID-19 left parking lots empty all across the country. A.lot Parking , a provider of comprehensive one-stop shop parking technology solutions, is solving these challenges to make sure commercial real estate and parking owners are ready to grow their asset value as soon as the pandemic eases.

It is becoming apparent that the office hours of commercial real estate tenants are not getting back to pre-COVID levels. Many employees already successfully adapted to shift work or a mix of home and on-site office hours. The post-pandemic parking will require more flexibility and potentially more complex management of parking access permissions. A.lot Parking offers a solution – the digital cloud-based system enables multiple ways to set dynamic pricing or to authorize and accommodate various parking needs of customers, employees, vendors and associates. The system provides high level of flexibility to the drivers as they can use a mobile app or a website

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Post-pandemic: How COVID-19 will change office, hotel and mixed-use design

As the U.S. enters the mass vaccination phase of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the physical threat of COVID-19 could soon be behind us. Those in the construction industry, however, will likely see reminders of the virus in their daily work for years to come through design and new building features meant to maintain social distance and create safer living and working environments.

Some of the biggest changes will be seen in spaces where people are most likely to congregate, including offices, hotels and multifamily spaces. Here, Construction Dive breaks down how each type of structure is likely to change due to COVID-19 miitgation strategies and what contractors need to know:

Offices: An emphasis on collaboration

After years of using an open plan design for new offices and conversions, said architect Brad Simmons, managing partner at KAI Enterprises, many office building owners could revert back to closed offices and cubicles but with an eye toward flexibility to accommodate potential temporary or permanent reductions in an on-site workforce.

But architect Lesley Braxton, principal at the Atlanta office of architectural and design firm Perkins+Will, doesn’t anticipate a major move away from collaboration-centered design just yet.

“I think everybody is thinking of the home

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Shopping for a home and scared of COVID-19? Here’s how real-estate agents are keeping clients safe

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‘The Big Move’ is a MarketWatch column looking at real estate and work-life balance.

Do you have a question about buying or selling a home? Do you want to know where your next move should be? Email Jacob Passy at

Dear MarketWatch, 

I have been looking to buy a home these last few months, but am getting more and more worried about how to do so safely in the middle of a pandemic. Whenever I see a new place, I have to sign forms about COVID-19, such as if I have traveled anywhere, tested positive recently or know anyone who has. 

But my question — are there any responsibilities or rules Realtors must follow? What happens if a real-estate agent I meet tests positive for the virus… will he or she have to tell me? Do they have any timeframe until they must return to the workplace and start showing homes again? I’m sure there are policies around sanitizing and protective gear, and I have seen Realtors wearing masks and wiping down countertops, but I’d appreciate any guidance you have on how to best proceed in these unprecedented times.  



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Assessment on home gardening program as a response to COVID-19 in SLM project’s pilot townships, January 2021 – Myanmar

About the assessment

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working closely with Department of Planning of Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) in order to implement the Section 2.1.7 of the COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan (CERP) by supporting farmers, small agricultural processors, seed farmers and agriculture businesses.

In order to support the CERP implementation plan, the project, in collaboration with respective Department of Agriculture (DoA) office in pilot Townships, distributed five types of vegetable seeds in Delta (i.e. watercress, eggplant, long bean, okra, roselle) and five type of vegetables in CDZ (i.e. eggplant, long bean, okra, roselle, cucumber), watering can and pamphlets on home gardening to rural farmers in five pilot townships starting from June 2020. The goals of the home gardening programme were to improve food access, nutrition and food security of rural farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic.


❖ 240 farmers harvested a total of 10 389 Kilograms of vegetables and generated 4 641 600 Kyats as income over June – December 2020 period.
❖ Water accessibility, diseases/insects/pests and effects of climate change including flood and drought were described as main challenges.
❖ Household consumption of fresh vegetables and income generation by

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Global Do-It-Yourself Home Improvement Retailing Market Research 2020-2024 | COVID-19 Impact and Market Analysis | Technavio

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The do-it-yourself home improvement retailing market is poised to grow by USD 143.3 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 4{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} during the forecast period.

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The do-it-yourself home improvement retailing market analysis includes the product and geography. This study identifies the greater emphasis on DIY home improvement projects for personalized interior designing as one of the prime reasons driving the do-it-yourself home improvement retailing market growth during the next few years.

This report presents a detailed picture of the market by the way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources by an analysis of key parameters.

The do-it-yourself home improvement retailing market covers the following areas:


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