Dallas coworking pioneer expands empire to new West End building
Dallas' coworking pioneer is opening a new location in an exciting new building in downtown Dallas' West End: Common Desk will open in the Factory Six03 building, formerly the West End Marketplace, which is now part of what is being called the Innovation District.
Founded in Deep Ellum in 2012, Common Desk currently operates four coworking locations throughout North Texas. Common Desk – Factory Six03 will be the company's sixth location, and will open in early 2019.
"As we continue to grow and evolve our branded amenity offerings, we've become experts on programming and activating common areas in office buildings," says Common Desk founder/CEO Nick Clark in a release, tossing off words such as "branded" with carefree ease.
Common Desk brings a coworking destination back to the West End, left bereft in 2017 with the closure of The Grove, which had operated at 501 Elm St. for four years.
Common Desk will work with Granite Properties, the building's owner, to allow Factory Six03 to feel and function more like a hospitality-oriented coworking space, with access to areas like Factory Six03's rooftop lounge and food hall.
Granite Properties managing director Will Hendrickson says that they'll be able to offer additional amenities that attract customers.
"With Factory Six03, we took a 115-year-old historic warehouse and turned it into a modern office space that's ready to match innovative and creative users in the neighborhood," Hendrickson says.
Common Desk – Factory Six03 will showcase the historic building's exposed brick, concrete textures, and huge factory-style paned windows that let in natural light.
The space will also feature:
- a vinyl record lounge with a large collection of both vintage and current records
- an open-air mezzanine
- tiered office spaces creating a multi-level atmosphere
- a library wall with a built-in book nook; various soft seating areas
- the existing historic brick smokestack from the original building
- a wet bar
- mosaic tile floors
The top floor of the building features a collaborative lounge and meeting space known as The Stack; shared work areas; a shared kitchen; and an outdoor patio that boasts one of the best rooftop views of the downtown Dallas skyline.
Clark says that the Factory Six03 building has always been one of his favorite buildings in Dallas.
"So many of us grew up going to Factory Six03 when it operated as the West End Marketplace Mall," Clark says. "It's a one-of-a-kind opportunity in Dallas to deliver an offering that’ll be different from any other coworking space in the urban core."