pariSoma just completed a move from a 2200 sqft space to a 10,000 sqft
space in the span of 2 days :D. We’re really excited, and things are
obviously still getting settled in.
We were lucky enough to move into a space where the previous tenants
were starting their new office from scratch, so there were a lot of
pieces left behind, meaning our cost to move hasn’t been outrageous
and we were able to leave a lot of furniture decisions until later.
I’ve been working on the move for a couple of months, and here are
- Get your existing community involved early! Show them what you’re
thinking, ask for ideas, and give them ownership of some tasks during
the actual move. If they feel like the space is theirs in some way,
they’ll bring an even stronger vibe to the community and want to show
your space off more.
- Be flexible in your plans. Inevitably, something takes longer or
shorter or isn’t as clean as you expected. Be prepared for this and
don’t freak out, your members will understand
- Pizza and beer are the way to any coworker’s heart
Things that need to be planned early:
estimates on security and keyless entry, which has already proven
- Furniture and rough layout. This will definitely change day-of as
you see what the space actually looks like with stuff in it.
Considerations in planning your space:
- Social areas vs work areas. It’s easy to try to cram as many desks
in as you can, but what will make your space unique is having a great
place for people to congregate. Mix couches, coffee tables, and
armchairs into your space
- Power/access for your desks. Our space is REALLY well wired (it’s
the old Razorfish office) but we still needed to acquire some power
- Storage. For some reason, there can never be enough storage. If you
don’t have closets built into your space, take the time to think about
cabinetry, shelves, etc.
- Phone calls. We’ve taken a couple of old cubicle parts from the
previous tenants and created a few call spaces, but we’ll be adding
more as time passes as well.
Just some quick takeaways… I’m sure I’ll have more to add as we get
fully up and running here.
On Feb 27, 8:38 pm, kleverdog [email protected] wrote:
My checklist seems to get bigger and bigger everyday and I am
struggling with just prioritizing. Like Mojo, we’re supposed to get
into our space next week and hope to be open in April. I’d be happy to
share my list and build up a resource for people who are starting out
on the same path.
On Feb 26, 5:40 am, Mojo Coworking [email protected] > > > wrote:
This is a great idea and one that would help right now as Mojo
Coworking is gearing up to open on April 1. Someone mentioned posting
your starting list as a wiki that we could all edit. As I’m going
through the process I could easily add to it. Today is buying paint
for interior walls, and calling the electric company to have power
switched over beginning March 1 when I take possession.
On Feb 24, 2:38 pm, Eli Malinsky [email protected] wrote:
CSI is on the cusp of opening its next space and our team gathered to
assemble a checklist of ‘things to do’ based on past experience. We
have a good list but I wonder if there are any existing examples. I’d
be happy to combine them with our own thoughts and circulate a more
comprehensive document (unless someone out there really nailed it).
I’m thinking of steps from business planning and site selection down
to nitty gritty details like lease agreements, cabling/internet
infrastructure, insurance etc.
Let me know…thanks all!
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