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New Coworking Space Showing Off Expansion at RTC Thursday

by Karen Goff — May 10, 2016 at 4:30 pm 7 Comments

11911 Freedom DriveRefraction, a coworking space sponsored by Canvas, has taken over new space at Reston Town Center and will hold an open house on Thursday to show it off to prospective tenants.

The Grand Opening event is from 6 to 9 p.m. at Refraction, 11911 Freedom Drive, Suite 850.

Refraction says it will have space for 50-60 companies in the new digs. The 23,000-square-foot expanded space has room to “house 250+ entrepreneurs, 23 meeting spaces, 14 offices, 2 kitchens, 1 multi-purpose event space and heaps of room for informal collaboration,” Refraction representatives say.

Refraction memberships will include free coffee and Wi-fi, meeting rooms and other collaborative space. Rates start at $30/daily for a drop-in desk to $300 for a co-working desk. Full offices are also available; inquire for prices.

From Refraction:

For three years and across three continents, we have studied every aspect of a successful startup office — speaking to entrepreneurs and their teams, boomers, millennials, investors, mentors, unicorns, academics, designers, and architects. The result of this research and consultation has been distilled into Refraction’s expanded space and the brand new HQ of Canvas, our major sponsor. We know what a team needs to be productive, collaborative and engaged.

Want to attend Thursday’s event? RSVP with Refraction.

  • Terry Maynard

    As Reston 20/20 has tried to tell County leaders countless times in recent years, this business model represents the future direction of office space development–though possibly not to the extreme Refraction is offering its tenants. NTL, the County continues to insist that, for planning purposes, office space continue to be characterized as requiring 300 gross square feet per person. What Refraction is offering for its short-term tenants is co-working space at LESS THAN 100 GSF per person–plus many shared amenities. (23,000 SF will house more than 250 workers.)

    The key implication of the County’s unrealistic view of office space requirements is that, as office space is developed in Reston’s TSAs, there are likely to be 2-3 times as many office workers as expected. Can you say congestion? pollution? overcrowding?

    Oh, and as the RNAG effort shows, if you want traffic relief from the congestion caused by stupid decisions by the County, your community will have to pay for it.

    • Mike M

      So, Terry. Why does the County keep making this pattern of “stupid decisions?”

      • Terry Maynard

        You are asking the wrong party. Try the County, maybe Fred Selden, Chief, Planning and Zoning, or go straight to Chairman Bulova.

        • Mike M

          My point is, they are clearly stupid decisions. Yet they keep making them. So there is a reason.

          • Terry Maynard

            Based on my experience on this topic, I think the reasoning is as follows: New plan/zoned densities are based on employment growth forecasts. So if some contractor (like Fuller at GMU) predicts 20K new office jobs in 20 years or so, the County figures 20K x 300GSF per person = 6MM nGSF of new office development even though the reality is that only one-half to two-thirds of that density will be needed.

            They can try to use the potential extra space to lure new jobs to move to FC from Loudoun, Montgomery (or other DMV counties) and, of course, raise more tax revenues.

            It’s always about the money–even the stupid decisions!

          • Mike M

            Thanks. I’ve noticed over the years that the marginal tax revenue never seems to cover the marginal burden to the county in terms of infrastructure, schools, et al. – as in NEVER! A part of that seems to be a consistent tendency to channel proffers to feel unrelated feel-good items. On density requirements, I hope they also notice the trend that many office buildings are near empty outside of Tysons and RTC and a few other areas. The current trend is toward telework and hoteling. I think developers are finally starting to figure out that office demand is under extreme pressure. They want residential and conversion to it. Very burdensome for the current residents.

          • Terry Maynard

            Agree.

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