Spaces is opening two new co-working facilities next year in the Zibi development, a 34-acre commercial, leisure, and residential space in the downtown cores of Ottawa and Gatineau.
“These two new co-working spaces uniquely bridge creative entrepreneurs from both sides of the Ottawa River, making way for distinctive regional innovation, and a new way of working in the national capital region,” said Michael J. Cooper, president and chief responsible officer of Dream Unlimited.
Spaces, along with Regus, are part of the International Workplace Group (IWG) network of flexible workspaces. Regus currently has three locations in Ottawa, which has the second-highest concentration of tech talent next to San Francisco. IWG is expecting the Zibi development to be in high demand as it continues to provide versatile workspace to businesses in a region where office vacancy has dipped this past year.
“It has everything that a monumental new development should have: bold vision, historical roots, unbelievable location, cutting-edge sustainability, and the potential to redefine an entire region,” said Wayne Berger, CEO, IWG Canada and Latin America (IWG owns Spaces). “Zibi is an exceptional community for our co-working brand, Spaces, to be a part of.”
Spaces Zibi Gatineau will bring 29,000 square feet of vibrant flexible workspace to Gatineau’s downtown. Housed in former turn of the century industrial buildings, the new co-working facility will feature rehabilitated and repurposed retail and office spaces – including design elements that honour the site’s historic and fascinating past.
Spaces Zibi Ottawa will house 26,000 square feet of co-working space in a revitalized four-storey former paper mill building located on Chaudière Island on the west side of Booth Street. To maintain the building’s industrial appeal, the existing south and east walls, as well as their first structural bays, will be retained. The Spaces offices will open onto the new Head Street Square, a vibrant public space designed to celebrate the industrial heritage of the site.
As part of Zibi, these new offices will exemplify the highest green building standards for materials, water, energy and indoor air quality — an example of zero-carbon sustainability.
Spaces, the Amsterdam-born creative workspace pioneer, expanded into Canada in the fall of 2017 with its first location in Toronto. It continues to expand in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.