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Oakland, California's first coworking space specific to the architecture + engineering + construction community.
Oakland, California's first coworking space specific to the architecture + engineering + construction community.
Kickstarter Video Production by http://startmotionmedia.com
Oakland, California's first coworking space specific to the architecture + engineering + construction community. Kickstarter Video Production by http://startmotionmedia.com
225 backers pledged $20,526 to help bring this project to life.

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BIG Oakland coworking space for the building industry

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We're creating Oakland's first coworking space dedicated to the architecture + engineering + construction industry.

(Special thanks to Perkins + Will for letting us shoot our video in their beautiful space!)

We wanted to join a coworking space like WeWork, Nextspace, or Impact HUB Oakland -- but they just weren't optimized for the AEC industry, which has specific infrastructure requirements. So we began working with a group of investors to buy a building and create BIG Oakland (Building Industry Gathering - Oakland).

Sometimes you need to get messy! Photo credit: Univ of Newcastle school of architecture
Sometimes you need to get messy! Photo credit: Univ of Newcastle school of architecture

Did you know most companies in the AEC industry are small businesses? With BIG Oakland, these little companies can:

  • Have a dedicated desk or drop-in space in a professional office, with a receptionist and nice meeting rooms that they'll be proud to invite clients to
  • Have access to expensive industry software, oversized plotters, and a full design library staffed by a professional librarian
  • Enjoy the curated ecosystem of collaborators to team up with, allowing them to quickly form sophisticated project teams 
Example of a fantastic product and reference library. Photo credit: Icrave's NYC office
Example of a fantastic product and reference library. Photo credit: Icrave's NYC office

By banding together, we can get the benefits that large firms enjoy. In addition BIG Oakland will be a center for innovation and collaboration in the AEC industry--a place where conferences and big room sessions will always be buzzing.

The funds raised in this campaign will pay for legal formation fees, marketing costs, the Kickstarter campaign itself, and other incidentals associated with getting up and running. But the real point of the campaign is to make sure there is a demand for BIG Oakland. Our investors want to know it's a safe bet before they put up capital!

No more working in isolation! Grab the low-voltage and electrical guys and figure out how to wrestle those baskets into shape. Photo credit: MKThink, Stanford dSchool
No more working in isolation! Grab the low-voltage and electrical guys and figure out how to wrestle those baskets into shape. Photo credit: MKThink, Stanford dSchool

So if you believe in this idea and see how much it can help the construction industry thrive and stay in place as Oakland becomes more and more expensive, pledge to reserve your spot as part of BIG Oakland!

Risks and challenges

We have a number of potential investors lined up who are indicating interest, and several buildings we are looking at. The biggest risk we run is if, despite a successful Kickstarter campaign, one or more of those investors doesn't follow through. That would make it difficult to purchase one of the buildings we have in mind.

If this occurs, we have three contingency plans in place:

1. Buy a smaller building, requiring less capital.
2. Start BIG Oakland in a leased space instead of an owned space.
3. Start BIG Oakland with a lease structure that has an option to buy (if such a situation can be found) -- that will allow us some time to prove the model and identify additional investors.

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    2 FREE MONTHS OF COWORKING
    First two (2) months free when you sign up for 6 months of a coworking membership. (Estimated $600 of value!)

    With a coworking membership you can drop in any time during business hours, sit at any of the non-dedicated desks, and use all our amenities. It does not get you dedicated desk space or storage space.

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    2 FREE MONTHS DEDICATED DESK SINGLE MEMBER
    First two (2) months free when you sign up for 6 months of a dedicated desk membership. (Estimated $1200 value!)

    With your dedicated desk membership you get your own desk with locking storage, ability to customize your space, access to all our amenities, and 24-hour access. The space is the size of a typical cubicle footprint.

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    2 FREE MONTHS AS AN ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBER
    First two (2) months free when you sign up for 6 months of an organizational membership for organizations up to four people. (Estimated $2400 - $6600 value!)

    With your organizational dedicated desk membership your company gets dedicated desks grouped together, locking storage, ability to customize your space, access to all our amenities, and 24-hour access.

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    Host an event in our event space, once it opens. Hackathon, Christmas party, SCRUM session, educational workshop -- let your imagination run wild!

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