SpaceLab is Open for Business and Operating with Caution

As current events and messaging about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolve, we continue to monitor and implement recommendations by government and health officials, practicing social distancing, postponing live events or taking them online, and following the preventive measures outlined on our website and posted in our offices.

We know that many in our community may be experiencing disruptions in work and regular daily life. As small business owners ourselves, we understand that the current conditions may be especially difficult for SMBs, entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote workers. While we are taking precautions, SpaceLab’s coworking spaces, offices and meeting rooms remain open for our members and guests. However, we are implementing the following changes for the foreseeable future:

  • Members with a keycard or keyfob will still have access to desk and meeting space and assigned private offices at both downtown and Seven Mile Road locations.
  • Virtual/Mailbox members are asked to schedule their pick up times, either by calling the reception desk or using your mail app.
  • Day Passes for the downtown location are available for download through Eventbrite. We have decreased the number of passes available each day to allow for social distancing (six feet to 10 feet between coworkers).
  • Day Passes have been suspended at the Seven Mile Road location.
  • Meeting rooms for small teams are available for rent, and private offices are available for short-term lease. Call 313-379-7000 or use the “Apply” button on our website to contact us for a reservation.

Our offices are cleaned each evening by a professional cleaning team, disinfected at mid-day, and meeting rooms are disinfected after each use.

SpaceLab wants to keep you connected to a business and urban innovator community. Watch our event calendar for upcoming online events and presentations.

Wishing you health and prosperity,

Karen Burton
Co-founder and CEO
SpaceLab Detroit

SpaceLab’s Preventive Practices against Coronavirus

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Updated Monday, March 16, 2020

SpaceLab Members, Guests and Friends:

We request that you join with us in following the preventive measures while working at and visiting SpaceLab locations as outlined below and as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization for the protection of us all.

While SpaceLab is thouroughly cleaned and disinfected every evening by a professional cleaning team and hard surfaces are disinfected during the day by building maintenance, we all need to do our part to reduce the spread of germs throughout the day.

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • If you’ve traveled to a country that has a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission), including China, Italy, Iran and South Korea, do not come to SpaceLab. You should stay home for at least 14 days from the time you left that country and practice social distancing. 
  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use at least a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in SpaceLab’s public areas and restrooms.
  • Antibacterial disinfectant spray and wipes are under the sink and will be in open work areas. 
  • Practice social distancing. Work at least six to 10 feet from the next person.
  • Wipe down your work surfaces, keyboards, arm rests and other surfaces. The cleaning crew will not move anything on your desk. They will only wipe down clear areas.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects, including your mobile phone.
  • Disinfect the kitchen counter and microwave after preparing your food.
  • Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink or on the counter. Place them in the dishwasher or wash them immediately.
  • Put food garbage in the trash receptacles in the kitchen. Rinse out beverage containers and place them in the recycle bins.
  • Disinfect meeting rooms after your meeting, before exiting the room. Wipes or spray will be available.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover nose or mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
  • Choose an alternative to hand-shaking (fist bump, touch elbows, nod, wave). Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

If you haven’t already, consider putting the tips above into practice at home and other places you visit as well.

Additionally:

We have canceled or postponed all upcoming live, in-person events. Watch our event calendar for upcoming online events and presentations.

All visitors should sign in at the reception desk so we can keep a record in case of a local confirmed case. Members, please inform your guests of the sign-in policy, and escort them to your workspace.

Members, please make sure we have your current contact information (email address and mobile number) so that we can contact you in case of emergency.We value your health and safety. Be well!

Karen Burton
Co-founder and CEO
SpaceLab Detroit

2020 Resolution: Be Connected, Be Credible

How many time have you heard, “It’s not what you know, but who you know?” Building meaningful business relationships is a priority for growing a sustainable business. Here at SpaceLab, we’re grateful for our dynamic community of established professionals – members who support each other by sharing information, procuring services, and collaborating on projects. We not only build structures, communities and cities; we build lasting relationships.

Currently, all of our private offices are rented, but we still have room to grow. We’re creating new opportunities for membership by building out more offices on our 9th floor. And, we have Flex Desk, Dedicated Desk memberships available. Both desk memberships come with 24/7 secured access to the space and conference room time that does not end when we close the front desk at 6 PM.

Our members are urban infrastructure professionals, and we are looking to complement their services with the following services: Web Development, Social Media Ad Marketing, Small Business Accounting, Graphic Design, Mobility, Commercial Real Estate and Construction Tech, and Smart Building Systems.

Make moving to SpaceLab’s professional community your first decision for growing your business in the new year. We’ll waive the application fee through January 31, 2020. (Apply) If you’re all set with space, but know someone who needs it, refer them and we’ll give you a $25 gift card to one of the great restaurants near our office if they become a member.

To your prosperity!

Karen A.D. Burton, Co-founder and CEO

Bobby Burton, Co-founder and COO

Professionals Share Tips: What to do before your build out your commercial space

As part of Detroit StartUp Week, SpaceLab presents “From Build-Out to Open

Building out your brick-and-mortar business – restaurant, retail or office – is a gargantuan task, and can sometimes feel overwhelming. How do you come to an agreement with a building owner, or buy your own building? Who do you call first after you secure the space? How much should you budget for design and construction costs? We’ve assembled an expert panel of Detroit professionals to help navigate the process and answer your questions.

Moderator: Lynnette Boyle – Principal, Beanstalk Real Estate Solutions

Panelists:

Erin Bonahoom – Founding Attorney, Canvas Legal

Sean Kelly, LLP Construction Services

Troy Puste – Broker, RISE Real Estate & Co.

Watch the entire panel discussion here

Lynnette Boyle

Lynnette has worked in the Detroit metropolitan commercial real estate industry for over 25 years. As Vice President of Property Management with Bedrock Real Estate Services, she worked on the acquisition, development and management of over 7 million square feet of downtown Detroit high-rise and mixed-use property. Lynnette has managed assets and operations of over 20 million square feet of real estate, developing and overseeing operating budgets, implementing multi-million-dollar renovation programs, helping mitigate risk of legal and financial issues, and negotiating vendor, supplier and union contracts.

Erin Bonahoom

Erin’s law practice is based in Detroit and dedicated to providing comprehensive legal services to established businesses, startups, and nonprofits in Southeast Michigan. She advises small businesses, startups and nonprofits from across a wide range of industries on formation, governance, employment, general operations, commercial real estate, construction, and contractual agreements. Erin is also a facilitator and a member of the Board of Directors for the Build Institute in Detroit, a nonprofit focused on economic development empowering the citizens of Detroit and other cities to start their own businesses.

Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly is a construction industry professional representing the LLP Construction team. Sean’s project portfolio includes commercial and industrial projects throughout the U.S. His responsibilities include; estimating, project management and business development. Sean received a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Michigan State University and holds the designation of “Associate Constructor” through the American Institute of Constructors.

Troy Puste

Troy is founder of RISE Real Estate & Co., a full-service Real Estate Brokerage. The firm handles residential and commercial sales and leases. Their emphasis is on Detroit’s real estate market, however they sell throughout all of Southeast Michigan.