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Challenge

Starting with just one location in 2010, WeWork, a membership-based office sharing company recently named one of the most innovative companies of 2015,has grown rapidly over the past five years, with offices now in 11 major U.S. cities and three other countries, and its founders want to keep expanding.  Part of this plan includes opening up more space in the San Francisco Bay Area, so WeWork turned to MKThink for help with strategy and implementation for a new space on Mission Street.

Approach

To meet the unique needs of WeWork’s community-focused office system, MKThink worked as Architect of Record to help streamline code and permit issues, document design decisions, and generate pricing and permit sets for WeWork.  MKThink also handled the construction administration of the project, checking materials for code compliance, answering questions from the contractor at the worksite, and coordinating documents.

Solution

MKThink helped WeWork permit and build seven floors—amounting to 90,000 square feet—of community and office space in 535 Mission Street, a newly completed, U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver-certified tower in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood.  Working together with WeWork, MKThink was able to complete the process in under six months, and the space is expected to come online in the second to third quarter of 2015.  MKThink’s work on 535 Mission Street did more than just help WeWork build an office—it built a community.