The New Space Race: Learn More About 5 Well-Known Valley Coworking Spaces

Article originally posted on Phoenix Business Journal on February 8, 2019

There are about 35 coworking spaces in the Valley, each with its own features.

Several originated in the area, while other national and international firms have also set up shop.

Following is a quick look at five of the spaces that have drawn significant interest through the years from companies looking for a place to work.

Co+Hoots

Address: 221 E. Indianola Ave., Phoenix

Focus: Community building across diverse industries.

Launch year and city: 2010 in Phoenix

Square footage: 14,000

Number of members: More than 300

Expansion plans: Downtown Mesa in fall 2019

Industrious

Address: 4250 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Suite 300, Scottsdale and 7014 E. Camelback Road, Suite B100A, Scottsdale

Other locations:  Industrious has 60 locations in 34 U.S. cities.

Focus: Premium coworking solution for companies of all sizes and stages.

Launch year and city: 2013 with the first location in Chicago, but the company is based in New York

Square footage: 32,898 (Fashion Square) and 20,062 (Old Town)

Number of members: Would not disclose

Expansion plans: Industrious is continuing to evaluate demand across the country and has at least one additional location planned for Arizona in 2019.

The Department

Address: 1 N. First St., Suite 600, Phoenix

Other locations: None

Focus: Growth-focused, community-minded entrepreneurs, business owners, startups, consultants and small teams.

Launch year and city: 2015 in downtown Phoenix

Square footage: 16,000

Number of members: 185

Expansion plans: Building out two new floors in the current building to provide more private offices, team spaces, and more event space. One floor is almost complete and the other floor is expected to be completed by the spring/summer of 2019.

Gangplank

Address: 250 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler

Other locations: 525 N. Central Ave., Avondale; and 22240 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek

Focus: Enabling creators to monetize their creations.

Launch year and city: 2005 unofficially, 2008 officially in Chandler.

Square footage: 6,000 (Chandler), 3,500 (Avondale) and 2,000 (Queen Creek)

Number of members: 33 (Chandler), 20 (Avondale) and 20 (Queen Creek)

Expansion plans: Pinal County

Galvanize

Address: 515 E. Grant St., Phoenix

Specialty focus: Tech startups and enterprise companies hiring developers and data scientists across nine Galvanize locations, which are all one Galvanize membership community.

Launch year and city:  2012 in Denver. Opened Phoenix campus in February 2017.

Square footage: 55,000

Number of members: 520

Expansion plans:  Evaluating several tech markets across U.S. Currently in Denver, Boulder, San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

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