Meet me at Five55 Former racquetball club becomes COVID-friendly Phoenix co-workspace
e are creatures of habit. We still need a place to gather and build culture. So, while the world continues to fall in love with the new “work
from culture,” there are still places that invite the sense of community we crave. Take Five55 Melrose, the former fitness center and racquetball club that served midtown Phoenix for 30 years. Today, it has been transformed into a COVID-friendly co-workspace. And just in case you are wondering, it still has remnants of the club, including courts that have become office and lounge areas to the center walkway, which is now a gathering point for presentations and networking. The cutting-edge design, the third of its kind in the Phoenix area, is the brainchild of leading workplace solution provider Faciliteq and its sister company, BWIQ (Build With IQ). By respecting the history of the original building, the companies brought the space into the future, including Underfloor Air Distribution (UFAD), which helps improve air circulation throughout each workers’ space; 16 private office suites that allow for personal privacy for each team, while still maintaining an energetic, community atmosphere; moveable walls with modular power; and data and bleacher seating in the center of the communal workspace. BWIQ Development President John Shinners gives us the inside track on the secret to creating workplace communities in today's ever-changing landscape.
COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION & RENOVATION — DECEMBER 2020