Sacramento, California’s new Cowo Campus does not appear to be a very obvious coworking space, from the outside; taking up the second floor of a regular-looking building which is also home to the DMV’s New Motor Vehicle Board. But inside, Cowo Campus resembles a trendy and modern workspace, with sleek offices and furniture, contemporary art and artisan coffee, among other amenities.
Local entrepreneurs Kuks Singh and business partner Edwin Carde launched Cowo Campus on 21st Street in Midtown Sacramento this past May.
“Essentially we’re a new breed of co-working space,” Singh says. Unlike traditional coworking businesses, Cowo Campus offers free entry to its common workplace but also caters outside the usual tech-heavy audience with rentable visual, audio and even dance studios.
From the home office to pop-ups and coffee shops, the latest trend among working millennials and freelancers is the common workspace, which has become almost synonymous with tech-oriented startups and cities that have “made it.”
Sacramento is no exception. Local creatives, coders, and changemakers have made coworking spaces like Hacker Lab, the Urban Hive and The Trade in high demand — enough, that people will pay $325 a month at Urban Hive for access to a private desk and all the coffee and beer they can drink. But for all the success and evolution of the coworking space, Singh and Carde believe there’s room for one more.
The common space at Cowo Campus is free with online registration, but the 236 occupancy workspace also includes 23 rentable offices ranging from $800 to $1,000 month-to-month, including access to the small and large conference rooms that otherwise can be rented at $25 and $35 an hour respectively.
Regarding free membership, Singh asks, “Why charge people?” People work from cafés once they purchase a cup of coffee, he continues, “for essentially what they would pay for a day rate at a coworking space.” So like a café, Cowo Campus will sell coffee, beer and food, but cover the majority of its costs through renting office space.
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