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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 07:01

Rockford-Haworth project offers high-tech coworking space in downtown GR

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More high-tech co-working space will soon be available in downtown Grand Rapids as Rockford Construction Co. and Haworth Inc. today pull the wraps off their Blue35 project.

The development is part of a joint venture between the two companies that applies current collaborative office designs with recently launched technology from Haworth.

The venture is intended to serve a range of firms from startups and second-stage companies to well-established businesses, organizers said.

Blue35 also serves to show off Haworth's "bluescape" product, an interactive communication and organizational tool that uses cloud-based software and can be accessed from multiple devices. Bluescape debuted at the NeoCon trade show in Chicago last year and won a Best of NeoCon Gold Award as well as a Best of Competition award.

All tenants of Blue35 have access to the technology.

The eight-story former Heartside Manor had been vacant since 2002. A previous Rockford Construction redevelopment plan to convert the one-time Mertens Hotel into housing for students at Thomas M. Cooley Law School never materialized, according to reports.

The first four floors of the facility feature traditional office space, while floors 5 and 6 contain various open and private office layouts and coworking space. Conference and meeting rooms are available on the top two floors.

Kentwood-based automotive supplier and medical device manufacturer Autocam Corp. is the first of a number of companies that the partners expect to announce as tenants in the facility, Rockford Construction executives told MiBiz during a preview tour last week.

Memberships at Blue35 start at $195 per week. Included are 24-7 access to the facility's shared workspaces and "concierge-style" services. Daily, monthly and long-term deals are available.

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