The building definitely didn’t look like this when we walked in this morning! First-floor construction has officially begun!
Here’s the official scoop:
TechTown is undergoing a complete renovation of its first floor – modernizing and reconfiguring the space with a nod to its innovative roots as the former Chevrolet Creative Services building.
The open, collaborative space will act as a hotbed of innovation, a dwelling for serendipitous encounters and a catalyst for the redevelopment of the TechTown district – attracting entrepreneurs, creatives, technologists, academics, influencers, innovators and beyond.
The new space will include the following features:
- Membership-based co-working space
- Central event and conference center
- Communal kitchen featuring pop-up host space and bistro seating
- State-of-the-art videoconferencing center
- TechTown acceleration suite
- TechTown administrative headquarters
The design focus is clean, crisp and simple – a blank slate for creativity, idea sharing and brainstorming. The space will be opened up by removing dropped ceilings, interior walls and closed doors that currently block out the surrounding district. The communal kitchen will open to the district’s future park, to be located just east of the building, and serve as a district host location to food startups to pop up and test products before a hard launch in a Detroit retail storefront.
The approach will complement the architectural history of the building, while showcasing the unique district in which it resides.
Conference rooms and event spaces range in size from 200 to more than 2,000 square feet and include innovative enclaves, such as phone booths, study lounges, videoconferencing centers, acceleration suites and more. The range in collaborative environments will allow entrepreneurs to better access the system of resources designed to help their business grow.
Other key features, such as co-working space and the communal kitchen, will support this mission and serve as a pipeline for TechTown’s tech- and place-based programming. Co-working space will provide entrepreneurs and freelancers with the amenities they need in a fun, collaborative and inviting environment. Membership benefits include Wi-Fi, access to shared desks and lounges, meeting rooms, and printing/scanning services.
We expect the project to be complete by November (but hopefully sooner!). TechTown resident Centric Design Studio, is the architect; Detroit-based Patrick Thompson Design is the interior designer; and Dearborn-based Ghafari is the engineer.