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Co-working office company Assemble expands to downtown Minneapolis

Updated: March 10, 2016 - 10:03 am

Assemble, a Chicago-based co-working office space company, has expanded to the 15 Building in downtown Minneapolis.

The shared office company opened a 16,000-square-foot space in the historic office building, known for the recently painted Bob Dylan mural on its side, in February.

Co-founder Phil Domenico said the expansion to the Twin Cities, its third shared office location, was a natural move given that some of Assemble’s 350 or so members in Chicago already did business here. The company offers its members free access to all Assemble locations.

“Minneapolis is just an easy next step,” he told The Journal. 

The downtown Minneapolis Assemble offers several sizes of co-working spaces from one-person offices at 75 square feet to approximately 400-square-foot offices for larger companies. Assemble also has co-working memberships for open working spaces instead of dedicated offices.

Memberships, which start at $350 per month, include networking events at least every other week, access to two conference rooms, 24/7 access to the office, printing and Internet. Jody McGuire, community manager for the Minneapolis location, said they also offer free coffee from Twin Cities-based Driven Coffee and food in a shared café and kitchen.

Assemble already has seven member companies, including educational, capital and tech firms, in its Minneapolis location, in addition to other individual clients. The company generally caters to businesses of 10 or fewer employees.

Elana Centor, a corporate trainer for Chicago-based TrainSmart Inc. and writer, joined Assemble in March after trying out another co-working space and previously working at home for 20 years. Centor likes the floor-to-ceiling glass walls, the space’s “coffee-shop feel” and month-to-month leases.

“It’s a really nice deal. One of the things that really sets it apart is that I need conference rooms when I do trainings and that’s included in the package,” she said.

Assemble also has private phone booths and basic office furniture for clients.

Domenico said he plans to expand Assemble to roughly a dozen other cities across the country, from Milwaukee to Denver. The company targets rehabilitated historic buildings for its shared office spaces. The 15 Building, located near 5th & Hennepin, was built in 1916.

Assemble’s Minneapolis office is now open at 15 S. 5th St.