Co-Working It

Office building landlords in Greater Stamford are increasingly looking to another option to fill their spaces – co-working.

Recognizing the growing number of entrepreneurs focusing on high-tech and social media-related business, landlords realize that they can serve their needs by providing them communal space to exchange ideas and learn from each others’ experiences.

The Stamford Innovation Center, located in the former Stamford City Hall at 175 Atlantic St., was one of the first co-working facilities in the region, opening in 2012.

The University of Connecticut Digital Media Center also has established a presence in Stamford, helping the city become a mecca for engineers, graphic artists, and software and website designers.

Now, Serendipity Labs, based in Rye, N.Y., is looking at the city’s growth as a center for co-working with plans to open a center at 700 Canal St., in the south end of the city.

The 13,000-square-foot space will join Serendipity’s operations in Chicago, New York City and Ridgewood, N.J. The company also is planning to open facilities in Bethesda, Md., Houston, Miami and Princeton, N.J.

Serendipity’s Stamford location will offer event space, a lab-cafe, private offices, team rooms and a work lounge.

The business joins other privately operated shared-office facilities in the city including Workpoint at 290 Harbor Drive, and Comradity at 845 Canal St.

Co-working facilities offer space on an hourly, daily and monthly basis.  With great success this growing industry spans the country with companies like Carr Workplaces who offers closed work spaces along with companies like Stark and Regus.

“Co-Working centers, like us, provide a cost effective solution for start ups and sole proprietors. Therapists and lawyers and people who work from home can have an impressive address and a professional office to meet clients and hold meetings without the overhead.” ~ EJ Flynn, Community Manager at Carr Workplaces Westchester in Harrison, NY (914) 468-0800.