MORGANTOWN — The grand opening of Loft Office Coworking and Loft Conference Center at Granville Square will be from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at its location across from Monongalia County Ballpark in the University Town Centre.
Horizon Properties Principal Mike Swisher said this will be the company’s fifth Loft Office Coworking location.
“The transition has been that a lot of corporations are downsizing and having less square footage dedicated to individuals. There are even a lot of people now working from home, so the demand for a different type of workplace has really changed,” Swisher said. “So many people don’t necessarily work in traditional offices anymore. They prefer spaces that are more wide open with other amenities like cafes. So coworking has really taken off.”
He explained the space will offer lease options ranging from multi-office suites and single offices down to desk space or open access, which allows you to work wherever you find an open seat. The space is scheduled, paid for and accessed through the client’s smart phone.
“We use a lot of technology and automation, which allows us to offer space, reasonably priced, with 24/7 access,” Swisher said.
The coworking space is part of a new mixed-use development that includes a 115-room Hampton Inn and Suites, a 40,000 square-foot multi-tenant office building with tenants including Bowles Rice, as well as retail space including Blaze Pizza, Jersey Mike’s Subs and Verizon Wireless, among others.