Reno Collective moves to Midtown
June 5, 2017
A downtown coworking space is making the move to Midtown.
The Reno Collective is moving from its current location at 100 N. Arlington to a 6,000-square-foot building located at 1515 Plumas St., on the corner of Mt. Rose and Plumas streets. The co-working space will start operating out of its new location on Monday, June 5.
The Collective provides office space for freelancers, entrepreneurs and remote employees as well as a collaborative environment to work alongside other members of the coworking community.
The Midtown building was purchased by one of the four owners of the Reno Collective who will lease out the building to the Collective. They are currently in the process of renovating and restoring the building to get it ready for their members.
"Part of it is just getting the building into a good usable space," said Colin Loretz, co-founder of the Reno Collective.
The building was most recently known as the Sierra Sonic Recording Mansion and was previously home to Granny's Recording Studio. It includes two sound studios, which the Collective is restoring.
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"The studios are amazing from a sound perspective," Loretz said.
Loretz said that while they will not be operating a recording studio, they are working to preserve the heritage of the building. Members will be able to book the studios for events, meetups, classes, music recordings and more.
The mansion will be Reno Collective's fourth location since its inception in 2009. It was originally housed in a 1,200-square-foot space within Don Clark's Cathexes Architecture office at 250 Bell St.
"They really understood what we were trying to do and they were willing to take a risk on us at that space," Loretz said about Don Clark and his team.
In 2011, the Collective moved to a larger space on Lander Street before moving to 100 N. Arlington Street in 2013 in the space known as the "fishbowl" due to the large windows looking out toward downtown and the Truckee River.
The Collective started with about 10 members. Nine years later they have increased their membership to 110. Loretz said that increasing the size of the community isn't necessarily the goal; rather it is providing the best community for their members.
"If we didn't have our members we wouldn't exist," he said.
As the Collective enters this next chapter, they are calling the new location their "forever home."
The Midtown building will provide their members with more varied spaces, conference rooms, outside workspaces, closer parking as well as more room to host events.
Loretz said that they will have a grand opening once all the renovations are done. Right now, they are focused on getting the mansion ready for their members.
With the Reno Collective's move, the owners of the building are looking for a new business to take over the two-story space. Reno Engineering is hosting a tour of the "Fishbowl Space" between 5 – 8 p.m. Thursday, June 8.
"The building has a lot of opportunities," Britton Griffith-Douglas, vice president of operations for Reno Engineering, said.
In addition to the space vacated by the Collective, they also recently have space open after Reno startup Filament and Laxalt & McIver, a local web and graphic design company, both outgrew their space.
"We are never sad to see them go especially when they succeed," Vince Griffith, president of Reno Engineering, said.
For more information about the event, visit Reno Engineering's Facebook page and for more information on the Reno Collective, visit http://renocollective.com/.