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Jan. 6, 2016 12:06 pm

Here’s what the expansion at 1313 Innovation will look like

Planned in two phases, the coworking space will more than double in size.

Ryan Harrington, the guy in charge of 1313's expansion, stands in front of the workspace's new entrance.

(Photo by Lindsay Podraza)

Renovations to double the size of 1313 Innovation are well underway at Wilmington’s Hercules Plaza.

The first phase, to be officially unveiled sometime in February, will add about 2,750 square feet to the coworking space and includes a common area and small offices. A second phase of renovations over another 2,750 square feet of what will be offices and a conference space will begin this spring.

Here's a map of the plans for 1313's two phases of expansion.

Here’s a map of the plans for 1313’s two phases of expansion. (Courtesy image)

The space has been vacant in the McConnell Johnson-owned building, and it will all connect to the current space.

“It’s been an evolving conversation for a really long time,” said Ryan Harrington. He’s 1313’s education coordinator and has taken on the expansion project as his own.

Harrington said there have been three motivating factors for expanding:

  • The existing space doesn’t have a clear front door. “People have a hard time finding the entrance,” he said. The first phase of expansion will provide an easily identifiable entrance as well as a front desk. 1313 plans to hire three college students to work the front desk part-time and will have an eye out for students interested in their own startup or tech idea, Harrington said.
  • Sharing the existing common area with members and events hasn’t been ideal. “We end up having to kick people out,” Harrington said. Now, members will have another common space to go to after the first phase. “There will be no events here,” Harrington said as he stood in the new area. “This can always be a heads-down workspace.”
  • The new space will be a quiet place for working and the other common area can be louder. See above.

A couple of fun features about the newest space: A cafe space will offer light food options. “It becomes a thing that people in the building have access to,” Harrington said. And he decided to keep three phone booths in the first phase space. The old phones are gone, but the booths will serve their original purpose: People will have spots to have private phone conversations. And one will be red á la London, another will be New York white and the third will look like Dr. Who’s TARDIS.

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Teach for America has already moved into the first-phase space, and Harrington said he hopes the other office spaces there get filled and operational by the late first and early second quarters of the year.

Here’s a peek at the new space (which has yet to be outfitted with office furniture):

Here's the entrance/common area from the first phase of expansions.

Here’s the entrance/common area from the first phase of expansions. (Photo by Lindsay Podraza)

An office space. The walls can serve as whiteboards.

An office space. The walls can serve as whiteboards. (Photo by Lindsay Podraza)

The phone booths.

The phone booths. (Photo by Lindsay Podraza)

And here’s a look at some of the space, yet to be renovated, from phase two:

A part of phase two expansion.

A part of phase two expansion. (Photo by Lindsay Podraza)

An office with a view!

An office with a view! (Photo by Lindsay Podraza)

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