Brenda V. Peek
Peak Communications Group
DETROIT, June 2017 – SpaceLab Detroit celebrated its grand opening with nearly 200 guests in the company’s newly constructed 5200 square foot office at 607 Shelby Street in downtown Detroit, just two blocks from Cobo Center. Members of the city’s built environment community – real estate brokers and developers, architects, interior designers, engineers, builders, urban planners, artists – and other professionals toured the coworking and executive office space that features services and amenities unique to the design and building industry.
SpaceLab Detroit owners describe the business as “next-level coworking”: many members have been in business for 20 years or more, and the office design incorporates higher-end furniture and finishes that more established companies desire. SpaceLab offers an affordable opportunity for independent business owners to share prime, downtown office space with some of the city’s most influential corporations and organizations.
Office amenities include a materials library, a large-format plotter for printing construction drawings, video conferencing, along with a community kitchen and three meeting rooms – including a glass-enclosed conference and event space. Educational and networking events and room rentals are available to members and non-members. A render farm for computer-generated imagery will soon be available.
SpaceLab is accepting applications for monthly memberships. Monthly pricing options begin at $40 for use of the conference rooms and library to choices of shared work areas and desk rentals and private offices.
Michal Catari, owner of Wolf Virtual Reality, LLC, a 3D visualization and virtual production company, says of his experience as a SpaceLab member, “In the last four weeks, Wolf VR has conducted more than seven introductory meetings and increased its clients by more than five new customers. The opportunities at SpaceLab are tremendous. Spacelab and its members are all contributing to transform and shape a brighter future for Detroit.” Wolf VR’s mission is to visually capture their client’s imagination, looking through their eyes, and desires into reality.
Other member companies include:
Berardi + Partners: Headquartered in Ohio, Berardi + Partners is a full service, multi-disciplinary architecture, interior design, and engineering firm with over 40 years of experience. They’ve located their first Michigan office in SpaceLab Detroit. Bryan Cook leads the Detroit team and is also president of the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Minority Architects.
Davis Corporate Solutions: Partnering with organizations to create productive corporate, healthcare and education environments, Davis Corporate Solutions is the Michigan territory representative for OFS Brands, Carvart, and Visual Magnetics, and was the sales representative for furniture at SpaceLab.
Architecture & Urban Design, PC: A&UD believes that architecture is art that makes a difference in people’s lives – art that must be useful and make good use of the limited resources of the Earth. A&UD has been a part of Detroit’s evolution and reconstruction for nearly two decades, and continues to provide architecture with the assistance of creative and culturally diverse staff that reflect the strength of our community.
Urban Entrepreneurship Initiative: UEI facilitates the creation of innovative, sustainable business solutions to important urban problems. Over the last four years, the non-profit organization has hosted symposia in Ann Arbor, Detroit and Flint, convening entrepreneurs and thought leaders in business, academia, community organizations and government.
Building Industry Resources, LLC: BIR offers social media, marketing and business development services to encourage and assist firms and professionals to reach their full potential. With years of technical and business experience in the design and building industry, BIR offers clients an insider’s view to markets, clients and competition.
Whatever Technology Group: This information technology start-up caters to the computer and technical needs of small businesses and provides affordable quality service for personal technology needs.
SpaceLab Detroit is owned by Space Lab Development, led by husband and wife team Bobby and Karen Burton. Karen is an architectural designer, marketing consultant and member of the National Association of Women in Construction, National Organization of Minority Architects, and an associate member of the American Institute of Architects. Bobby is an accountant former IT executive with a national bank.
SpaceLab is a Round 4 City of Detroit Motor City Match Space awardee and was awarded a cash grant in Round 7.
For more information about SpaceLab Detroit membership, see http://www.spacelabdetroit.com