CoWork Tahoe co-founders Jamie and David Orr have partnered with Belkin founder and former CEO Chet Pipkin to open a second coworking space on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. The new space will be called, “Untethered,” and is located near the Round Hill Pines Shopping Center, in the same building that once housed the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce, at 195 U.S. Highway 50 in Zephyr Cove.
Pipkin, who revamped the Wylder Hotel and built the Desolation Hotel, said he wanted to “play a role in diversifying the economy.”
“I’d heard great things about the Orrs,” Pipkin said.
At that time, the Orrs were looking to expand their coworking space — located at off Harrison Avenue in South Lake Tahoe, on the California side of the south shore — into Nevada.
“The pandemic shut down office space but at the same time increased the need for remote working space,” Jamie Orr said. “Workers were quite literally, ‘untethered.’”
Jamie credits Pipkin with coming up with the name but Pipkin said it was a group effort.
The team gutted the inside and breathed new life into the building. “We went with a mid-century modern theme,” Jamie Orr said. “We wanted it to be trendy but not so trendy that it will go off trend.” They describe it as looking high-end and modern while still feeling comfortable, functional and approachable. The three-story building has 35 offices, four phone booths, three small meeting rooms, one large conference room and a bullpen area that can hold about 24 desks or be used as an event space. They are also offering virtual offices and post office boxes. Each floor will have a kitchenette and seating area. Those common areas will be stocked with snacks and will have coffee. It will also have an outdoor courtyard common area. Pipkin said the team is on the same page about sustainability and hired Sierra Sustainable Builders for the project. Both the Orrs and Pipkins, who are deeply involved in the tech industry, promise strong wifi throughout the building and the outdoor courtyard. The space will open mid-November, and 28 of the offices have already been claimed. Companies that work in the legal, real estate and education fields will be moving in.