ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Coworking spaces are opening rapidly around the world and in the process helping redefine the workplace. Technology and institutional telecommuting initiatives have released many from the confines of an office but, like many advancements with unforeseen consequences, it has placed many workers into spatial limbo. The coffee shop, kitchen table, and other Wi-Fi hot spots have served as random solutions for a virtual office but now coworking centers are gaining traction as places where flexible workers can get serious stuff done.
Connect113 is a coworking facility in the Washington DC area that opened this summer. It already has over a dozen members who use the space regularly for mail delivery, color printing, Wi-Fi, conference rooms, and other resources. Cofounder Billy Winburn noted, "What our members lacked previously was collaborative opportunity. People realize they work much better together than in isolation."
Genuine coworking spaces are based on common values of openness, accessibility, efficiency, and sharing. Today, many regard their laptop or their iPhone as their office. "Our space serves as more of a community than a configuration of desks," said Winburn. "It's not uncommon for people to bike in, use the shower, change into business attire and meet in the conference room. You also see members gathering around the coffee pot networking, sharing ideas and resources."
Connect113 is located in the heart of Old Town Alexandria within a five minute walk to over fifty restaurants, a dozen hotels, Metro, City Hall, offices, and the Potomac River waterfront.
Members of Connect113 have 24/7 access to the space which includes Wi-Fi, a kitchen /cafe with an espresso machine, microwave, and refrigerator. There is secure storage, HD TV, daily newspapers, desks, a lounge, music, and VOIP land lines with free long distance to over 60 countries. Members also get corporate discounts for ZipCar and office supplies through Staples.
Membership is $350 per month. Visitors can walk in and use the space by the hour ($8) or the day ($25). It is staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Notary services are available during this time.
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