There’s never been a better time to work in the Mile High City: In 2017, Denver reported 2 percent job growth in all sectors and, in 2018, job growth in the technology and software industries increased by 32 percent, outpacing the rest of the U.S.
This rapid growth in business has led to an increase in coworking spaces in Denver, as startups seek a flexible, innovative alternative to traditional office space. According to the city’s 2019 State of Downtown Report, 2 million square feet of office space in the city center is devoted to coworking. Tech companies like Facebook, Strava, and Quizlet have all occupied collaborative workspaces in the city, and they’ve all committed to hiring in the next few years.
Cross-industry collaboration blooms in a coworking space, so long-standing Colorado industries like energy, aerospace, and telecommunications all have a chance to benefit from this increase in shared workspaces. Kristin Russell, an executive at Arrow Electronics and Colorado’s former secretary of technology has nothing but praise for Denver’s dedication to collaboration, saying “In many other cities and communities in which I have worked and lived, there just isn’t the level, interest, and intent around collaboration. The concept of ‘the high tide rising all boats’ is never more true than in Colorado.”
Other bonuses for Denver businesses? A well-funded infrastructure makes commuting a dream, including to and from Denver International Airport (the city’s biggest economic driver). Tax incentives, as well as low corporate and income taxes, have also contributed to the city’s economic growth. And a buzzing startup sector is seeing companies like Ibotta reach ‘unicorn’ status—the local cash-back app is now valued at over $1 billion.
If you’re looking to build a community of collaborators in any industry, shared workspaces are a good place to start your search. Here’s a collection of eight well-positioned coworking spaces in Denver to get you started.
A pocket of tech innovation
Ideally situated in LoDo, or Lower Downtown, WeWork Triangle Building attracts innovative entrepreneurs from a range of industries. You’ll even count Facebook as your neighbor at this location, which offers a mix of private offices, dedicated workspaces and hot desks.
While this area is one of Denver’s oldest, it has been the focus of years of revitalization. String lights illuminate nearby Larimer Square and, with a range of classic and hip spots to eat and drink, this location is perfect for a post-work meet-up or fine dining with clients.
An added bonus: LoDo is home to Union Station, a star on Denver’s famous infrastructure map. Light rail, trains, buses, and quick access to the airport make WeWork Triangle Building ideal for commuters.
Steeped in Denver’s cultural scene
Right near Civic Center Plaza and close to the heart of Denver’s civic life—art institutions, government buildings, and numerous parades and festivals—WeWork Civic Center Plaza offers a winning mix of work and play.
This vibrant shared office, housed in a 23-story tower, is also ideal for getting work done, with modern workspaces designed for productivity. On-site staff are there to assist you with anything you may need during the workday. After hours, treat colleagues or clients to a show at the Paramount Theatre, or head to Civic Center Park for an outdoor workout.
A global hub of business
Situated in the heart of the busy business district, the amenity-rich WeWork Tabor Center is a favorite satellite office for global teams looking to take advantage of networking opportunities in the neighborhood. Home to traditional companies and scrappy startups in the digital and tech industries, this could be just the place to meet your next collaborator.
An onsite fitness center and covered parking (hello, snow) are just a few of the perks at this dynamic office space. An active social calendar is another draw: The Gusto Meet and Greet and a local honey tasting are just a few recent events held there. After work, check out local favorite Denver Milk Market or celebrate with the team at Jax Fish House.
In an iconic (and convenient) location
Denver dog lovers, rejoice! WeWork North Capitol Hill is dog-friendly. Plus, with five floors in the iconic “cash register” building (with some imagination, it looks like one), there’s something here for everyone, including sleek private offices, lively lounges, and a wellness room.
Transportation is convenient with the Civic Center Station right nearby, and lots of bars and restaurants make it easy to relax and entertain post-office hours.
An address to draw new talent
Cherry Creek is a vibrant little neighborhood brimming with activity—and WeWork Financial House puts your team right in the middle of the action. The perfect mix of residential streets and buzzier main drags full of shopping and restaurants, this location is bound to attract new hires and keep current employees happy.
Inside the coworking space, startups and enterprise companies love the comfortable lounges and fully equipped meeting rooms. Good restaurants abound in this neighborhood, but a post-work cycle on the Cherry Creek Trail or a visit to the Botanic Gardens are also good options in the warmer months.
A growing community of creatives
River North Arts (RiNo) is famous for its creative spirit, and WeWork The Hub captures it perfectly. Like many of the nearby galleries and brewpubs, workspaces at The Hub are housed in a converted warehouse full of carefully curated art.
Ideas thrive in the connected conference rooms and friendly lounges. An on-site event space makes it easy to share or celebrate your work, and an outdoor terrace is prime real estate in warm summer months. After work, check out some jazz, or just grab a craft beer and a bite from one of the local late-night food trucks.
For those who love working outdoors (and watching baseball)
Within throwing distance of baseball games at Coors Field and a few blocks from the Larimer dining scene, WeWork Junction 23 in Five Points has big garage doors that open to reveal an enviable outdoor workspace.
This coworking space may seem fun, but plenty of work gets done here, too: easy-access conference rooms, quiet private offices, and bright, airy lounges are appealing to a wide variety of businesses, but the proximity to River North Arts District means there will be plenty of creatives around. Union Station is the ultimate transportation hub, and an on-site yoga studio means you’ll have access to great classes before or after work.
A picturesque home for nonprofits
Everyone in this coworking space loves the incredible views of Highland Bridge and Downtown Denver, but nonprofits will find plenty of like-minded friends at WeWork The Lab, a coworking space in Lower Highlands (LoHi). Onsite parking and easy access to I-25 make getting to and from work via car super simple, but Union Station is also a short walk away.
The neighborhood has a mix of old and ultramodern architecture, but this building, brand-new brick with an industrial vibe, bridges the gap nicely. The Lab’s private offices and open lounges fill two floors. Located above the beloved Denver Beer Company, this collaborative workspace gives its members ample bragging rights.
Dog lovers, tech startups, nonprofits, and everyone in between is guaranteed to find their happy place in this fast-growing, hard-working city. WeWork’s coworking spaces offer a variety of benefits, including an amenity-rich, collaborative environment for business of any size, in the most sought-after locations.
Rachel Miller is a writer based in New York. She specializes in both editorial and UX copy, and her work has appeared in Brooklyn Magazine, The Guardian, The Awl, and more.
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