I’m considering real estate (for lease) in Round Rock, north of Austin (basically just up the road) Most options are professional office suites styles and some come with a large open space, ideal for open desking, but none are just right which has me question: is it better to build out first or hear what the members want, see how they use the space and build out later? (knowing that causes an imposition). Not all landlords offer tenant improvement dollars or concessions otherwise.
Is this a case of the Henry Ford question, “If you asked people what they wanted, they’d want faster horses?” Considering that this community doesn’t have coworking, yet. Am I the one to ‘teach’ them how to cowork through the use of space, services, and community?
Can a cowork take root and move forward in a space that looks like a ‘traditional’ office space, but offers a completely different experience? Do walls keep the community from forming successfully? Could a community room offer the collective space although each office would have 4 desks per (most are overly large offices)?
Mostly I’m concerned that I build in a conference room and no one really needs/uses it. I build in an audio studio and no one needs/uses it. I have local area alternatives for these needs that I can purchase and pass on to the members at a discount and/or value add.
Thank you for your thoughts.