State of the art, fresh, and stunning are just a few words to describe Co-Merge, San Diego’s newest shared workspace.
Owner, Michael Kenny, wanted to make the best use of a building he owns at 330 A Street, downtown San Diego. His original intent was to either develop the building into retail space or contribute the land to a small hotel development. After some analysis he decided a better use would be the creation of a business center that adds value to the extensive, built office infrastructure in San Diego’s financial district.
Michael has been in commercial real estate for 25 years. His firm has managed hundreds of thousands of square feet of office, retail and industrial property and he has negotiated sale and lease transactions on behalf of companies of all sizes. He is proud to carry on a family business that began in Chicago with his great-great-grandfather in 1886. According to Michael, “The experience of owning a small business that consults with businesses of all sizes has given me insight into how Co-Merge can be useful for a wide range of users.”
From Concept to Completion
The idea for a coworking space (or alternative workspace) developed on a trip to Seattle in June 2008. He noticed a similar business there and thought it would be interesting if he could combine a training and event center along with a shared office space. From the beginning we knew it would be important to make sure the human element of the space (collaboration, networking, education, support) was equal in quality to the physical space that he built.
Partnering with Kristin Maleniak at Crawford & Company he came up with a highly collaborative workspace with a good balance of semi-private and private work spaces and conference rooms. The bulk of the furnishings are high-end Allsteel products that exude productivityand professionalism.
Michael also worked closely with Carrier Johnson + CULTURE architects and Wimmer, Yamada and Caughey landscape architects as well as Bycor General Contractors to build a state of the art office and event center that not only works well but is environmentally responsible and extremely comfortable to spend time in.
Who Should Co-Merge?
According to Michael, “the ideal member of Co-Merge is that person who has an entrepreneurial spirit for business whether he or she works as sole proprietor or works as an employee of a large corporation. Our ideal member always wants to get better at his or her profession. Many coworking spaces market themselves to a particular niche such as start-up companies or new technologies companies. Our market is any professional from either an old line industry or an emerging industry who wants to work in an environment that is productive, affordable and offers the opportunity to learn new techniques and hone old ones.”
Co-Merge strives for an atmosphere where the members know they are part of a community of business people who want to learn from each other and support each other.
The idea for Co-Merge is much more than just a place to work that is different from working from home or at an executive office suite or a corporate office. The space is designed for people who want to work together when it is appropriate, to communicate and network with people in different industries and to participate in workshops and seminars to learn best practices for any aspect of business.
The space is also designed for individuals and companies who are conscious of the footprint they leave on the environment. Michael believe it makes more sense to work from Co-Merge whenever possible and spend more time with family and friends instead of spending 45 minutes commuting each way to a corporate office.
The Coworking Need
San Diego has a rich history of leading the way in ideas that make sense. According to Michael, “the corner office is long gone in many, if not most industries. Coworking is just another name for what leading edge, forward thinking companies have been doing in their own space for the last several years. Co-Merge allows more people to benefit from that same collaborative culture. Increases in broadband capacity and mobile technologies have made coworking spaces useful not only for independent consultants who work from home but also team members in Fortune 500 companies with a global presence.”
Come to their Grand Opening celebration on Thursday, July 28th, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Learn more: http://co-merge.com
Address: 330 A Street, San Diego, CA 92101