Karen Burton
SpaceLab Detroit

DETROIT, January 2017 – SpaceLab, LLC has leased the seventh floor of The 607, an office building at 607 Shelby St. in downtown Detroit, for a new coworking space named SpaceLab Detroit. SpaceLab is a Round 4 Motor City Match Space Awardee, and The 607 is a Motor City Match Top Property owned by Basco, a developer of boutique properties in Detroit.

SpaceLab Detroit is a coworking community for professionals who enhance the built environment – architects, interior designers, builders, engineers, planners, real estate professionals, artists, community development organizations, and support professions. Renovations of the 5,200 square foot space are currently underway. The space will include a design library, conference rooms, project display areas, a community kitchen, large-format plotters, and education and networking events.

SpaceLab Detroit offers monthly membership options from hourly use of the conference rooms and the product and design library to shared workspaces, dedicated desks and private offices.

President and managing partner Karen Burton spent several years as an architectural designer for a variety of projects in Detroit. She is currently a marketing consultant to architects and engineers. “As an entrepreneur, I know what it’s like to work from home without all the amenities of a typical large office, including being able to turn to a co-worker to share an idea,” says Burton. “I understand the need for solopreneurs and small businesses to be able to collaborate and share resources.” She began building the SpaceLab Detroit community by starting a MeetUp group to discuss technology and disruptive business ideas in the built environment professions.

Burton and her husband, Bobby Burton, an accountant and IT executive, are partners in the business venture.

SpaceLab Detroit is scheduled to open in March 2017 and will host Detroit’s first AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) Hackathon, an international, multi-city design and tech event.

For more information about SpaceLab Detroit membership, see

For more information about the AEC Hackathon, see


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