California-based Sandbox Suites cut the ribbon on their fifth coworking space in September. At 10,000 square feet, it’s the largest Sandbox location yet, and the first in Silicon Valley (the others are in San Francisco and Berkeley).
In addition to the expanded space, Sandbox will also offer expanded business services, like legal and management consulting, for its members. At the moment, they are working with Trivium, a management consulting firm, to create a platform for Sandbox’s coworkers to tap into HR, finance, and accounting resources.
These expanded services have accompanied the opening of the new location, but will be made available to all Sandbox members.
Style-wise, Sandbox went with Mondrian-inspired blocks of color that mimic the company’s logo.
“We wanted a clean look that was still edgy and artistic,” said Shadi Nayyer, Sandbox’s marketing director. “There’s a good balance in the space – the murals on the wall, juxtaposed with an otherwise clean cut look.”
According to Nayyer, the facility – which can accommodate up to 113 coworkers at once – is usually busiest in the afternoon, but on “Pizza Fridays” and “Bagel Tuesdays” they see a steady stream of members all day.
“People come to hang out and network with the other members,” said Nayyer. In addition to luring coworkers with food, Sandbox also hosts after hours events for their members – a recent “hack-a-thon” drew over 100 people, who formed teams and built an app.
“The community atmosphere is fun and exciting to work out of,” said Nayyer. “We want to use this location to build a stronger network of coworkers and a stronger coworking community.”
Published Jan 3, 2014 – Work Design Magazine