Fredericksburg’s co-working space has a new owner and is being renovated to provide more services to its members.
Reclaim Hosting, a Fredericksburg-based company founded in 2013 that provides educators and companies with web domains and web hosting, has taken over the lease of The Foundry at 2324 Plank Road in the Gateway Village Shopping Center.
Co-owner Tim Owens, who has been working out of his home, said he was looking for an office location for Reclaim Hosting that “was more than an office.” Owens was also looking for “a living room that people could come and visit” and approached The Foundry’s landlord to see if he had locations that were similar to the co-working space.
Owens found out that community nonprofit FredXchange found the space too taxing on its mission and finances, and was looking for a new operator to take over the Foundry.
The 3,400-square-foot Foundry allows entrepreneurs, startups and small companies to work collaboratively, and opened in 2015. It was also a place for FredXchange to host its programs.
Owned by Owens and Jim Groom, Reclaim Hosting comes from a similar collaborative background.
Groom formerly directed the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of Mary Washington, and started the school’s Domain of One‘s Own program. He also espoused digital identity and ownership to students in a digital storytelling course called “ds106” which started at UMW and later opened to anyone online, creating a community around those ideas.
Owens also worked at UMW as a part of DTLT, helping build the Domain of One’s Own project that provides domains and hosting to UMW students, faculty and staff.
They want to bring that spirit to the co-working space and are completely overhauling the office.
They are adding a glass-enclosed conference room, laptop bar, collaborative table, private desks and booths. They are also adding a recording studio, green screen, and 3D printing.
“It’s an office with utility ... it will have a coffee-shop vibe with more ability to get work done,” Owens said.
Crews began work this week at the new space, which will be open by March and ready to take new memberships.
FredXchange board member Andrew Curtis said the group is retooling to focus on its core offerings: Open Coffee and FredDev. Open Coffee, its weekly networking meeting for entrepreneurs, is temporarily being held on Fridays at Catalyst Media at 3451 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
FredDev, a programming-focused meet-up, has a temporary home at Germanna Community College.
He said after the renovation is finished, programs will move back to The Foundry.
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