Despite the ongoing trend of an increasingly remote workforce, coworking company Industrious is trudging forward with new expansion plans in Tampa Bay in anticipation of growing demand.
The company has become dedicated to increasing sanitation and distancing measures in its new locations in downtown St. Petersburg’s Central Avenue tower, Tampa’s Water Street project and in Ybor City.
“We expect there will be a real surge in demand during the early part of next summer, and we’ll be delivering these new locations to meet that,” said Peri Demestihas, director of real estate at Industrious. “Tampa is a fantastic market for us and I think with these new locations we’ll really be set up for success there.”
In addition to increasing their cleaning practices, Industrious will also implement one-way hallways, on-site temperature screenings, new air filtration systems and has reconfigured their offices and conference rooms to cut down on density.
Although the core of coworking has been the shared use of office space and other amenities, Demestihas believes that Industrious’ philosophy of offering private workspaces sets it apart from competitors.
“People are telling us that they feel Industrious, because of what we’ve done, has become the second safest place in their lives behind their own homes,” said Jennifer Reilly Kelmer, an area manager for Industrious’ Florida operations. “Our members are breathing sighs of relief as they get back to more business.”
Aayat is an editor for the Daily Digest based in Lexington, Kentucky. She has worked with local coworking spaces since August of 2017 and enjoys taking her firsthand knowledge to write about the fascinating, constantly evolving world of flexible workspaces.