Even though Pittsburgh’s announced a slew of new office openings in the last year, coworking culture remains.
Each year, Technical.ly publishes an annual coworking guide that details all the spaces available in our markets; welcome to our first for Pittsburgh. Many companies are still in limbo about a return to in-person work, or have switched to a fully remote plan, but coworking spaces continue to offer a place for that IRL innovation to happen.
But that doesn’t mean the coworking industry hasn’t suffered amid the pandemic, too. Both Work Hard Pittsburgh and The Beauty Shoppe — two household names in Pittsburgh coworking and entrepreneurship — announced closures recently. And even the spaces that have survived have openly shared the financial and health safety struggles of staying open over the past two years.
Still, those looking for a new kind of office space that gives you the freedom to stay home on the days you want to and interact with forward-thinking entrepreneurs on others will find comfort in coworking. Spanning several of Pittsburgh’s tech-centered neighborhoods, the spaces below offer amenities like private conference rooms, flexible desk access, community events and yes, free coffee. Plus, some even have a creative angle toward a certain industry, like food service or manufacturing.
So, if you’re thinking of breaking free of your home office this spring, be sure to take a look at the many coworking options provided in Pittsburgh.
We’ve listed them below, in alphabetical order. Did we miss any? Email us at email@example.com.
- ALLOY 26 — Located in North Side entrepreneurship hub Nova Place, Alloy 26 is just across the street from Downtown Pittsburgh and offers access to coffee, snacks, private phone rooms, conference rooms and a connection to Union Fitness, a gym housed in the same building. With flexibility in membership options from drop-in visits to a full dedicated office space, this coworking space is suited to fit almost anyone’s needs.
- Ascender — Both an incubator and a coworking space, Ascender’s space in East Liberty offers proximity to some of the biggest tech companies in Pittsburgh today, along with the benefit of a common kitchen, private conference rooms, exclusive events and more for those interested in their membership options.
- Avenu — With multiple locations in the Pittsburgh Innovation District, Avenu puts its members right next to the city’s leading universities and hospital campuses. Beyond the basic amenities, Avenu’s presence in a Keystone Innovation Zone means that businesses working out of the coworking space can receive state tax credits and access to a paid internship program through Urban Innovation 21. (Note: Avenu’s Craig Street location will soon become the offices for Neuraville, and will no longer be available for coworking.)
- Code & Supply — A community for Pittsburgh software professionals, Code & Supply also operates a coworking space in East Liberty, which offers the usual office amenities of conference rooms and free coffee, along with access to community events and other membership perks.
- Community Forge — A combination community center and small business hub, Wilkinsburg-based Community Forge offers a range of coworking options from full offices to desks to studios. Some membership options also include monthly business coaching sessions and courses.
- Emerald City — Founded only last year, Emerald City in Downtown Pittsburgh is a 12,000-square-foot coworking, hospitality and social space focused on supporting local Black entrepreneurs and businesses. Members will have access to the usual coworking amenities like coffee, internet and conference rooms as well as resources, education and other opportunities to help grow business ventures.
- Expansive — This national coworking space company hosts one location in a former department store in Downtown Pittsburgh. The space includes access to other Expansive spaces across the country, as well as community engagement platforms.
- Fulton Commons — North Side-based Fulton Commons houses a coworking space and kitchen incubator for entrepreneurs, small business and nonprofits in Pittsburgh. With its added focus on growing ventures in the food industry, this coworking space is sure to offer an early glimpse at the most innovative chefs and food scientists around.
- Industrious Pittsburgh — This national coworking space organization has two locations open in Downtown Pittsburgh, one at PPG Place and another at Liberty Center. Amenities include wellness rooms, conference rooms, coffee, community events and more.
- Looking For Group — This Brookline-based gaming lounge and coworking space is temporarily closed for renovations, but will open up again later this year for members to come play video games, board games and more or use its conference room and other workspaces.
- OneValley at the Roundhouse — Launched by OneValley this summer as one of many tenants at the newly redeveloped Hazelwood Green, this 26,000-square-foot coworking space provides members with access to OneValley’s Pittsburgh Entrepreneurship Platform and its PassPort Platform, which includes tens of thousands of entrepreneurs globally. This coworking space also puts budding entrepreneurs in close proximity to leading university research centers, autonomous vehicle companies and others working in advanced manufacturing.
- ProSuites2 — Located on one of the top floors of the iconic US Steel Tower in Downtown Pittsburgh, ProSuites2 offers coworking space for both startups and established businesses across a variety of industries, including law, marketing, tech, creative agencies, accountants and more. The space is currently being renovated and only running virtual office right now, but there are plans to reopen the new space at some point.
- Spaces — This global network of coworking spaces has two locations in Pittsburgh: one in Bakery Square and another in Downtown Pittsburgh at One Oxford Center. Both locations have a range of membership options and offer networking events.
- The X Factory — This multipurpose space is located in Point Breeze, adjacent to Bakery Square, and includes an industrial manufacturing space, a creative dream space and traditional office and coworking spaces.
Sophie Burkholder is a 2021-2022 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of The Groundtruth Project that pairs young journalists with local newsrooms. This position is supported by the Heinz Endowments.