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Furniture dealer designs co-working space downtown

April 24, 2014
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Furniture dealer designs co-working downtown
A rendering of the café at the Worklab co-working space in downtown Grand Rapids. Courtesy Worklab

The second floor of a downtown landmark is being transformed into a co-working space.

Worklab at the 99 Monroe building is a venture by Custer Workplace Interiors in Grand Rapids.

The space

The 10,000-square-foot space will open on June 3, at 99 Monroe Ave. NW.

Worklab will feature corporate co-working space, private offices, meeting space and event space.

The space is designed to meet the many business needs that traditional office space can’t meet, said Mark Custer, co-owner, Custer and Worklab.

Custer envisions Worklab as “a hub for inspiration and collaboration.”

Custer added that Worklab will offer personal service “that really amplifies productivity and creates meaningful connections.”

Mobile workforce

Worklab is intended for businesses that see a more complex need for fast-paced technology and group collaboration.

Today, mobile workers make up 40 percent of the nation's workforce, a number that will increase to 60 percent by 2020, according to Custer.

"These mobile workers need better places to work and conduct business than their home or corner coffee shop," Custer said. "Work is no longer confined to the office.”

Membership

Worklab’s private office membership costs $899 a month. The private membership includes an office with skyline views and multiple amenities: parking, high-speed data, concierge serves, copying, printing, member events, a fitness center and 24-7 access.

Lab, mobile worker and small office memberships range from $199-$799 a month, while day passes are $49.

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