Opening Day at Connect!

Today, Connect officially opened it’s doors. If you ever stepped foot into the Connect Beta on Congress Street, you have an inkling of an idea of what the full blown vision is. But, just an inkling. This isn’t just a collaborative workspace. It’s a shared coworking office space to rival shared coworking office spaces and it should completely change what people’s conceptions are about cooperative workspaces, especially in Tucson.

Imagine 14,000 square feet, clean lines, wood and glass, and 172 workspaces ranging from full-blown private office all the way to simple and more collaborative, dedicated desk areas filling the renovated historic second floor of the Rialto Building. With amenities including mail, reception, print, copy, scan, high speed private and secure wifi, two conference rooms, numerous private soundproof booths aptly named “superman booths” with accent walls of whiteboard for brainstorming sessions, a full kitchen with beer tap, meditation room, outdoor all-white ping pong table, foosball, and yes – even more – it’s hard to imagine working in a more desirable workspace. In my few hours of being shown around and writing this article, I ran into numerous people, as well as met some new ones, such as Carlos Fuentes of Flex BPO. Carlos decided to rent space at Connect to stoke the collaborative fire and network with like-minded companies and entrepreneurs.

If you’re into modern architecture and interiors – and are the type of person that wants to feel inspired by your surroundings – Connect is the place. High speed internet and standard office equipment aside, nowhere else offers such an affordable office space solution in one of the most desirable of locations. With modern design details such as exposed wooden beams and metal ductwork, floor to ceiling glass walled private offices, modern textures, and wooden floors there simply is no cooler collaborative workspace in Tucson, period. And, whether you’re working late while people-watching out the west windows facing Playground or staring north out of Connect’s second story deck towards Hotel Congress and the Catalina Mountains, you’re sure to find creative inspiration for startup problem solving and entrepreneurial endeavors.

Downtown Tucson is one of the most up and coming, and often talked about, urban areas on the map. Major press outlets such as Forbes, USA Today, and Esquire have all mentioned downtown Tucson within the last couple of years. There’s no shortage of places to catch a yoga class, see a show, grab a drink or a snack, then hit the club. And, the list of nearby restaurants continues to grow with burger joints, pizzerias, cafes, Vietnamese food, upscale casual, and more are all within walking distance.

For more information, check out Connect Coworking online at www.connectcoworking.com. I can almost guarantee you’ll love it. Whether you can afford office space or not, schedule a tour to see what a great addition Connect truly is to Downtown Tucson. I can only imagine space won’t be available for long.

By: Adam Lehrman, soapbox
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