“Co-Merge” Celebrates Soft Opening
SAN DIEGO – Co-Merge, the smart new workplace solution offering professionals and small or start-up businesses the opportunity to customize their office usage with the space they need, when they need it, is now celebrating the soft opening of its first location in downtown San Diego.
The 9,000-square-foot Class A facility located at 330 A St. puts a new spin on shared work environments with a focus on collaboration and the ability to use and pay for space on a convenient hourly “drop in” rate with no minimum required, or an affordable monthly unlimited membership. Hourly rates are $10 per hour with parking included and monthly memberships are offered at $500.
“Co-Merge extends beyond the traditional executive suite or coworking concept by providing a networking-rich environment and the ability for members to only pay for what they use,” said Mike Kenny, co-founder and operator of Co-Merge. “The space itself is designed to inspire creativity and breed collaboration – key elements for success. An added benefit is that users can choose what space, features and amenities they need at any one time and craft a workplace solution that fits their business and budget.”
The first of several Co-Merge locations to be launched over the next few years, the 330 A St. location – previously a bank – has been completely redeveloped by operating partners Michael Kenny and Robert Conrad. The team conducted extensive research on work trends, styles and preferences throughout the U.S., the culmination of which was the Co-Merge “workplace” concept and the foundation for the design of the first location at 330 A St.
Designed by Carrier Johnson + CULTURE, Co-Merge features an inviting urban look with a pedestrian-friendly orientation.
An outdoor patio faces A Street at the building’s entrance. Inside, the ultra modern yet comfortable Class A interior features high, open-beam ceilings, wood and stone accents, exposed steel and cable supports, expansive collaborative work areas, and glass enclosed conference rooms. Contemporary touches include hanging light fixtures, brightly painted accent walls, and custom murals and artwork.
The project was also responsibly developed by a team committed to implementing environmentally friendly design and construction whenever possible. A few of these features include:
BYCOR General Contractors served as the General Contractor on the project. “It was clear to us from the beginning stages of the project that BYCOR’s excellent reputation in the industry was spot on,” said Kenny. “Their diligence in completing our project on schedule and within budget was refreshing.”
Bycor’s project team included Project Manager Mark Gritzmaker, Project Engineer Marianne Lamoureux, and Superintendent Richard Maxa.
The hip reception area features a large flat screen TV and professional full-time reception service. A state-of-the-art training room is ideally suited for meetings, lunch and learns, events and gatherings, and is able to accommodate 50 to 80 people depending on configuration. Crawford & Company, located in Poway, Calif., designed the innovative furniture solutions. The furniture systems were installed by i-TEC, a Crawford & Co. sister company.
The heart of Co-Merge is a 50-person collaborative work area, along with 22 Allsteel private workstations complete with lockable storage units that are available on a reservation basis. There are private video and phone conference rooms, a kitchen with eating area and another flat-screen television, and a vault with lockers and filing cabinets for members who want to store personal or business items securely. All of the amenities a professional office would need are readily available – including copy machines, scanners, printers, and office supplies.
Co-Merge is offering a select number of monthly memberships which include unlimited access to Co-Merge workplace solutions. Memberships are available for as little as one month to an entire year. The set hourly drop-in rate is the perfect alternative for professionals who need space on a more limited impromptu basis. For information, reservations or to schedule a tour, contact Robert Conrad at 619-255-9040.
Co-Merge is the smart workplace solution for those seeking new connections, space that inspires, and the flexibility to use only what you need, when you need it. The premier Co-Merge facility is located at 330 A St. in downtown San Diego, with other locations to follow. Co-Merge is owned and operated by Michael Kenny and Robert Conrad. The website is www.co-merge.com. The phone number is 619-255-9040.