First Look: Serendipity Labs Downtown Location Nearing Grand Opening

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The first of New York-based Serendipity Labs’ Columbus locations is ready for tenants. Serendipity Labs Columbus-Capitol Square at 21 E. State St. will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, September 28.

The Downtown coworking and office space is one of two for the franchise in Columbus. The local labs will be run by business partners Trevor Warner and Scott Somerville ofRenascent Hospitality – which is reflective of the hospitality mentality Serendipity Labs wants to see in its spaces.

Occupying the entirety of the second floor of the Fifth Third building, 14,000 square feet of space that was once a gym has been transformed into 54 private offices, open coworking area and an Ideation Room.

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There are a few single-person offices, but Warner says Serendipity Labs focuses more on team rooms. Offices vary in size, accommodating teams of two to three, all the way up to eight to 10. The lock-and-key secure spaces come outfitted with desks and chairs, and additional equipment like phones and file cabinets can be coordinated through Serendipity Labs. Smaller offices start at $899/month, and bigger spaces at $1599/month. The price includes amenities like 24/7 access, use of meeting rooms, secure high-speed internet and guest reception services.

Coworking packages range from $49/month for one visit during business hours, to $399/month for unlimited access during business hours. Coworkers can also opt for packages like renting locker space for storage at $25/month or a permanent mailing address for $49/month.

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Events are already lining up in the Ideation Room which can set up to 50 people. Members have first dibs on the space, but it can be rented out to the general public as well. During business hours, garage doors separate the room from the rest of the coworking area, and after hours roll up for flow between spaces.

With 20 foot ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows letting in natural light, and high-end finishes, Warner says the finished space is attracting many of the tenants they expected – large companies that want a presence Downtown and a professional crowd with business related to the Statehouse.

Warner says they are already seeing much buzz about their second location at the under construction 900 N. High St. in Short North. He expects the lab to open at about 50 percent capacity in February or March.

To celebrate their grand opening and allow potential tenants to view the space, Serendipity Labs is offering free coworking until September 28. For more information on Serendipity Labs Downtown, click here, and for the Short North location, click here

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Serendipity Labs will feature work from local artists, including current pieces from Mac Worthington.
Serendipity Labs will feature work from local artists, including current pieces from Mac Worthington.