Office Space News
Published June 21st, 2013 by Jennifer LeClaire
SAN FRANCISCO – NextSpace, which bills itself as the “coworking office space that killed the cubicle class,” has a new location. The company chose Berkeley, Calif. for its seventh coworking facility.
NextSpace cites the “extraordinary support” of East Bay area city and government officials – including the Berkeley’s Mayor – in getting the new coworking office space facility off the ground. Now, NextSpace Berkeley is officially giving the rapidly growing community of independent and freelance workers there more locations to work at their creative, productive and innovative best.
“The community’s support and enthusiasm for NextSpace Berkeley has been overwhelming. Everyone in this community has an unmatched passion and drive to not only grow, but to nurture the ecosystem that exists in this region,” says Jeremy Neuner, CEO and co-founder of NextSpace. “Their unwavering commitment to preserving this vibe aligns with the dedication we have towards giving creative minds across all trades and topics the most professional workspace and network to thrive, succeed and have fun.”
The East Bay waterfront corridor has been slower to develop than other Bay area locations. And while the region received an economic boost from companies like Pixar, Bayer Healthcare, Genentech, The North Face and Clif Bar, the opening of a coworking office space location holds the promise of bringing economic growth to Berkeley and beyond.
David Gensler, NextSpace board member and executive director of Gensler global design firm, designed the new coworking facility to attract workers from all industries, including technologists, designers, service professionals, artists, musicians, educators and more, tapping into the rich and culturally diverse population that is being drawn to this part of the world.
“When we heard that NextSpace was coming to Berkeley, we jumped at the chance to sign up our team of six dispersed workers,” says Tracey Taylor, co-founder of Berkeleyside, Berkeley’s independent news site. “I love that we now have a mini newsroom where we can collaborate on story ideas and editorial schedules, and be based in the heart of downtown.”
The location is enviable. NextSpace Berkeley is in the historic Wells Fargo building at 2081 Center Street. When members enter the building, they are greeted with the 9,000-square-foot space with two large conference rooms, 11 offices, 18 workstations and a holistic room where members who provide acupuncture and massage therapy can offer their services in a quiet and private setting.
When the room is not in use, it is available to other members for such things as yoga, mediation, or to simply take a break. Other coworking benefits include reduced membership fees with Berkeley based vendors like the YMCA, Hotel Shattuck Plaza, The Berkeley Acupuncture Project and Berkeley Chamber of Commerce.
“As someone who has been on the front lines when starting a business, what mattered most to me was the community I could tap to get insights and advice,” says Erin Griffin, community curator, NextSpace Berkeley. “I am so excited to provide a space where fellow entrepreneurs can swap ideas, generate leads, find jobs, potential partners and experts who can help them achieve their professional objectives.”