Coral Gables

Coral Gables community leaders wreck walls to make way for new business complex

Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces, wrecked walls on Thursday as part of a small demolition ceremony to make room for the city’s first high-design shared workspace come the summer.
Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces, wrecked walls on Thursday as part of a small demolition ceremony to make room for the city’s first high-design shared workspace come the summer. Miami Herald Staff

With hard hat and a hammer in hand, Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason smashed a wall on Merrick Way on Thursday afternoon—and he wasn’t alone.

With him were: Mark Trowbridge, president & CEO of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce; Marina Foglia, executive director of the Gables Business Improvement District; and Philippe Houdard, co-founder of PipelineWorkspaces. On Thursday, the four enjoyed wrecking walls as part of a small demolition ceremony to make room for the city’s first high-design shared workspace coming this summer.

Pipeline Workspaces, a company that offers shared work spaces — ideal for entrepreneurs, start-ups, lawyers and international business executives — is slated to open its third location in late August, adding to their Brickell and Philadelphia locations.

The concept: Anyone who needs office space, but doesn’t necessarily need a full office, can rent space. Pipeline leased a full floor of about 14,000 square feet at 95 Merrick Way, an office complex at the gateway to the Coral Gables Financial District.

“In the past we’ve had Google, Uber and other companies sit side by side,” Houdard said. His partner and co-founder, Todd Oretsky said the concept is to have businesses “share perspectives, exchange ideas, create business opportunities, and develop meaningful business relationships.”

“Pipeline is built on the theory that diversity positively impacts success. Geographic diversity draws people with different networks and expertise and being a member of Pipeline gives you one degree of separation from anybody else within the community, while serving as a catalyst to further grow the city’s business community,” Oretsky said. “As with our locations in Brickell and Philadelphia, Pipeline Gables will draw a different mix of business people who otherwise would not be part of the broader network that can add value to the community as a whole.”

Pipeline Gables will have a mediation center that caters to the large legal community in Coral Gables, as well as entrepreneurial shared spaces and private offices for companies needing more privacy for security purposes.

Spaces will include open work areas starting at $200 per month and private offices starting at $600 per month as well as conference rooms for companies to hold off-site team retreats.

Members will also have access to all Pipeline locations, a social lounge and free gourmet coffee and teas.

“It’s like a gym, people can go in and out,” spokeswoman Yuri Fernandez said. “People have access to the same resources and can share.”

  Comments